How to Convert TXT to Kindle

Updated April 17, 2017

The Amazon Kindle ebook reader allows you to read electronic books. The preferred file extension for Kindle books is .prc or .mobi. It can read .txt files, but when viewed on the Kindle, the formatting of .txt files can get jumbled and cause blocks of text with no paragraph breaks. It is best to convert your .txt files using free software like Mobipocket. This allows you to view your .txt files on the Kindle with proper formatting.

Download and install the free Mobipocket Creator software from the Mobipocket website (

Launch the program. Double-click the Mobipocket Creator icon on your desktop.

Click ".txt" under the "Import From Existing File" header. This tells the software you are converting a .txt file.

Click "Browse" and select the .txt file from your hard drive. Click "Import."

Highlight the .txt file you just imported, and click "Build" located in the file menu.

Click "Standard Compression" and "No Encryption."

Click the "Build" button located at the bottom of the screen. Your .txt file will now be converted to a file with the .prc extension and be viewable on your Kindle with the proper formatting applied.

Things You'll Need

  • Mobipocket Creator software
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James Melzer began writing professionally in 2008. He is a novelist and freelance writer from Toronto, Canada. His feature writing has appeared on Digigasms and his journalistic work has appeared on Robodustrial. Melzer holds a degree in radio broadcasting from Loyalist College.