People who read books on Kindle naturally tend to buy most of their ebooks from Amazon.com. They also get handed down to other family members, and before you know it, there are multiple Kindles within a single household. Fortunately, Amazon makes it easy to manage digital content for the entire family.
While Amazon no longer(Opens in a new window) supports the Mobi format for new and updated reflowable(Opens in a new window) (aka, where you can customize fonts, etc.) ebooks in the Mobi format, existing ebooks in the Mobi format are still readable by the Kindle. Attach the file to an email, send it to your Kindle's email address (with any subject, and nothing in the body of the email), and it should appear on your Kindle shortly. You can also drag and drop the file onto your Kindle if you attach the device to your PC with a USB cable.
There are lots of places to get free ebooks. Calibre actually has a good metasearch function, and you can click Get Books to search by title or author. It's not the friendliest for browsing, though, so it's best if you know exactly what you're looking for.
But what if the book you're looking for isn't available? Kindles aren't as locked into the Amazon store as you might think. It's possible to side-load free e-books onto your Kindle and read them at no extra cost.
Email is the simplest way to import free e-books to your Kindle device. The steps can vary a little depending on the file type, but it's a quick process, no matter what. E-books generally come in one of three file types: Mobi, PDF, or ePub. Below are the steps for each.
The email method works great for one or two books at a time, but it's inconvenient if you have several to send over at once. You can access the Kindle's file system using a USB cable to drag and drop your files onto the device. The same file type limitations apply here, so make sure you convert your books into a format the Kindle can read.
You can read Kindle-formatted e-books on your Amazon Kindle or the free Kindle App for smart phones tablets and desktops. You will need: a library card and PIN, an Amazon Kindle or a Kindle app on another type of device, an Amazon account, Wi Fi, a browser where you can check out e-books.
One of the most common questions and concerns we get at Good e-Reader is if you read Kindle e-books on a non-Amazon branded device? The answer depends on what type of e-reader or tablet you might have.
Amazon uses e-book technology that is quite different from their competitors. The industry standard right now is EPUB, which is what Barnes and Noble, Kobo and virtually ever other e-reader on the market uses.
In the meantime, your options depend on what type of device(s) you have for reading eBooks. If you have only a Kindle eReader, there isn't much you can do besides wait. But if you have a smartphone, tablet, computer, or newer Kindle Fire, etc., see "Here's what to do if you pick the wrong format" below to find ways to read other formats.
If you need to view them elsewhere, you can share these notebooks via email. There's a quick-send option to send directly to your Kindle email, which I found really helpful. On your computer, you'll notice much more white space around the margins than what it looks like on the device, something that is especially obvious when using the blank page. It's a minor quibble, but you may have to do some cropping if you're sending it to other folks.
If you're a canny shopper (and know where to look), you can read a lot of books for completely free, as some classics are available through platforms like Project Gutenberg. However, most of those downloadable classics come in the EPUB file type. Luckily, with a little know-how on your side, you can easily render EPUB files readable on Kindle devices.
Note: It is not possible to read Adobe DRM protected ebooks on the Kindle. Do not buy a Kindle ebook reader (besides Kindle Fire) with the expectation that you will be able to read DRM protected ebooks that you have previously downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions.
With the exception of Kindle Fire (which allows you to download the Bluefire app), Kindle ebook readers can only access DRM protected ebooks that are protected with its own proprietary DRM (Kindle DRM). It is not possible to read Adobe DRM protected ebooks on the Kindle. Do not buy a Kindle ebook reader (besides Kindle Fire) with the expectation that you will be able to read DRM protected ebooks that you have previously downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions. However, the Kindle does support DRM-free PDF's. Simply hook up your Kindle to your computer through a USB cable and drag-and-drop the PDF's from your computer to the Kindle.
There is a Kindle app optimized for the PC and MAC as well as Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch), Android devices and Windows Phone 7 devices giving users the ability to read purchased Kindle ebooks on different devices. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including the Kindle), so you can pick up where you left off on another device. For information on how to do this, go to the Kindle App (from Amazon) information on the Ebook Reading Apps for Smartphones/Tablet Devices page. 73 Places For Free Kindle eBooks Online (Legally)
But if you don't want another monthly subscription and don't want to continue giving your money to Amazon, take advantage of ebooks available with your library card. Browsing a digital catalog is not as magical as spending an afternoon looking over every shelf in a library, but such is the ebook life (no one says you can't read both!). We have a detailed how-to on this that you should check out, but here are some of the takeaways:
Your best option is to upload a complete, fully-crafted and custom-built MOBI file, created for your own book. This method results in the fewest "suprises" at the KDP. We receive a lot of requests from prospective clients, who've tried to DIY, only to find out after they click the "Preview" button at the KDP that the results are nothing like what they expected. If you create or have created a MOBI file, there won't be any surprises; you'll know without any doubt exactly what your file will look like on your reader's Kindle device. And that's the best eBook Format for Kindle--the one that doesn't give you any unpleansant surprises.
Kindle File Format is a proprietary e-book file format created by Amazon.com that can be downloaded and read on devices like smartphones, tablets, computers, or e-readers that have Amazon's Kindle app. E-book files in the Kindle File Format originally had the filename extension .azw; version 8 (KF8) introduced HTML5 & CSS3 features and have the .azw3 extension, and version 10 introduced a new typesetting and layout engine featuring hyphens, kerning, & ligatures and have the .kfx extension.
In August 2015, all the Kindle e-readers released within the previous two years were updated with a new typesetting and layout engine that adds hyphens, kerning and ligatures to the text; e-books that support this engine require the use of the "Kindle Format 10" (KFX) file format. E-books that support the enhanced typesetting format are indicated in the e-book's description on its product page.
Borrow Kindle-formatted ebooks from OverDrive, Libby app, or SFPL Catalog. Once borrowed, you'll be prompted get your Kindle Book from Amazon and send it to your preferred Kindle reading location (Paperwhite, Oasis, Voyage, Kindle Fire, Kindle Cloud Reader, Kindle app for Mac/PC).
If you don't have a library card already, I recommend you get one. Check with your local library on the requirements to get a library card as well as what their virtual library offerings entail. A library card can give you access to potentially millions of e-books to download on your Kindle or another e-reader or tablet.
Step 3 - Set Up The Personal Document Syncing: In order to read PDF on kindle, the next step that you'll require authorizing the above-mentioned apps in order to send the documents to your Kindle. Again navigate back to Amazon's Kindle settings page, now click on "Personal Document Settings" located in the left sidebar, then, scroll down to the "Approved Personal Document Email List" section. Here, you can add any new email address. Depending on the type of service you're going to use from step number # 2, you need to type the email address here, for example, if you're using the document for Readability, you'll add email@example.com to this approved list.
ReMarkable is an e-ink paper tablet for reading documents and ebooks, sketching and note-taking with a paper-like feel. It tries to combine the reading experience of an e-ink display with the writing experience of a high-end tablet, with the goal of replacing your notebooks, sketchbooks and printed books.
There is no native ebook store in ReMarkable store. However, there are lots of free ebook download sites without registration where you can get free titles to read in ReMarkable. Or you can also purchase ebooks from the most popular eBook stores such as Amazon Kindle/Kobo/Google Play/Nook or many more.
Kindles primarily use two file formats: MOBI and AZW3. For non-e-book files, Kindles can also read DOC and DOCX, PDF, TXT as well as HTML and HTM. They can also open certain image file types like JPG, PNG, BMP and GIF.
PDFs are likely the most well-known file type. The "PDF" extension stands for "Portable Document Format," and is best for ebooks that are meant to be read on a computer (digital marketers, you'll want to remember this one). We'll talk more about how to save your ebook as a PDF later in this article.
This file type stands for "Electronic Publication," and is a more flexible ebook format. By that, I mean EPUB ebooks can "reflow" their text to adapt to various mobile devices and tablets, allowing the ebook's text to move on and off different pages based on the device's size on which a user is reading the ebook. They're particularly helpful for viewing on smaller screens, such as smartphones and the Nook from Barnes and Noble. 2b1af7f3a8