The Amazon Kindle is the most popular e-reader brand in the world. They are number one in global sales and are also the largest e-book retailer. Some people like to load their own books onto the Kindle because it can be quite expensive to buy them all. EPUB is the most popular e-book format because it works well with virtually every e-reader in the world. Today we are going to look at the best Kindle formats to convert your DRM-free EPUB books.
In order to convert your books from one format to another, you will need to download Calibre. This is the best book management software suite and it is always updated to introduce new features and improvements. It is free software and available for Windows, MAC, Linux, Android and iOS. You can download it from here. When you download and install the software, you need to add books to your library. You can simply browse your device and import them. If they are missing in the cover, you can right-click and retrieve the metadata, which will search Google/Amazon and extract the latest cover along with the author, book description, and rating. Once you’ve prepared your book, you’ll want to convert the book from EPUB to an Amazon-compatible format.
KFX – This is the latest generation format. It supports the best typography, so the text will be clear without weird spacing issues.
AZW3 – This is the most common format that people convert from EPUB. It supports Amazon X-Ray so even with your downloaded books you can use this service.
MOBI – The oldest format for Kindle. You’ll probably find millions of online books converted to this format, but there are issues with the fonts. It’s also great for syncing via Kindle’s Send to Email feature.
Once you’ve converted your EPUB to one of these formats, you’ll want to plug your Kindle with the USB cable into your computer. You can right-click the ebook file, then click send to device, and it will copy the book directly to your Kindle. It will then appear in your library and you will be reading.
Where do you find DRM-free ebooks online? You can normally just Google the book, and it will show links to forums or websites. I wouldn’t recommend paying a subscription fee for the book, most of them can be downloaded for free. If you want to back up books that you’ve purchased from other retailers but are DRM protected, some people think that’s OK.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.