How to Convert Epub to Use on a Kindle

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How to Convert Epub to Use on a Kindle
Many e-books are available for free in the EPUB format. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The Kindle, released by Amazon, is one of the few e-readers on the market that does not support the EPUB document format -- an unfortunate compatibility issue, considering that many libraries and free e-book resources online offer their digital copies in this format. The Kindle does, however, support a number of other e-book and document formats, including MOBI, PDF, TXT, DOC, RTF and HTML. The most popular utility for managing and converting your e-books is the Calibre software, free for Windows, Linux and OS X. You can also use the website utility Convert Files.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Load your e-book into your Calibre library by clicking the "Add Books" button. You can import books from a single directory, or import multiple books from multiple directories.

  2. 2

    Connect your Kindle to your computer. The "Device" option appears on the Calibre toolbar.

  3. 3

    Click the "Library" icon to view e-books on your computer. Select the EPUB book you want to add to the Kindle and drag it over to the "Device" icon.

  4. 4

    Click "Yes" when Calibre asks if you want to auto-convert the EPUB e-book to a compatible Kindle format. This begins the conversion process; you can view the progress by clicking the status icon in the lower right corner of the window. A check mark appears to the left in the "On Device" column when the process is completed.

    Convert Files

  1. 1

    Navigate your browser to the Covert.Files Web page at Click the "Browse" button and select the EPUB e-book on your computer. If you have a URL for the e-book, you can instead select the "Download It From" option and enter the URL.

  2. 2

    Check that the input file type is correct; the website should automatically select "EPUB E-Book (.epub)." Under the "Output Format," select one of the supported file types for the Kindle. Available Kindle-compatible output formats include MOBI, PDF and TXT.

  3. 3

    Choose the "Send a Download Link to my Email" if you want a copy of the converted file in your inbox.

  4. 4

    Click the "Convert" button. The website uploads your file and begins the conversion process; do not close your browser or tab while this process continues. The website displays your download link when the conversion is complete.

  5. 5

    Click the download link to save the converted file to your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • You can put the e-book on your Kindle either by using its USB connection, or by sending the file to your Kindle via your e-mail address.
  • You can also use, which will not send files that incur fees, e.g. personal files over a 3G connection.
  • To convert manually in Calibre, select the book you want to convert and either click the "Convert" button on the toolbar or right-click to select the convert option. You can choose to convert your books individually or in bulk.

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