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Instructions: Transfer eBooks from Any Source to Kindle

Amazon has created a real blockbuster among e-book readers with its Kindle. One accusation that is often raised against the Kindle is its close ties to the proprietary MOBI format and thus the restriction to books from the Amazon range. The Kindle is more open to foreign content than expected, not least because Amazon offers a service with which you can easily transfer your own content to the e-reader.

And even PDF documents, with which the Amazon reader works rather badly than rightly, can be optimally read on Kindle Paperwhite and co. prepare. The e-books may not be copy-protected, Epubs with the widespread Adobe DRM are unfortunately not available to your Kindle. You can get an extensive list of sources for DRM-free books atlesen.net, for example.

1. Transfer books to Kindle via email

The easiest way to easily read most documents on Kindle is to use the free “Personal Documents” service from Amazon when using WiFi. You can simply email a compatible document (for example a PDF or a Word file) to your personal Kindle e-mail. You can find out about this in your Amazon account under “My Kindle / Manage my devices” or directly on the device. Simply open the settings and navigate to "Device Options / Personal Settings", where you can find the address.

2. Approve mail addresses for book delivery

So that not every rogue who comes along is allowed to spam your Kindle with documents, the sender address must be authorized before using the service. Log in to your Amazon account and navigate to "My Kindle". Click here on "Personal Document Settings" and scroll down. Under "E-mail list for approved personal documents" you can see the allowed senders, with "Add new confirmed e-mail address"

3. Send and synchronize books

Once your e-mail address has been set up, you can send any documents to your Kindle. Simply send an email to your Amazon address and attach the relevant files; In addition to PDFs, you could also send Word documents and even pictures to your Kindle; You have to convert DRM-free Epubs manually (see below). Depending on the file size and scope, the conversion can take a little time; just syncs your Kindle every now and then until Amazon sends you the content.

4. Prepare books for Kindle using Caliber

An alternative to the Amazon service is the free Caliber tool. The open source tool not only allows you to manage any e-books in various formats (including the common ePpub blocked by Amazon) on your computer, it also prepares them for various e-book readers if you wish - including the Kindle. Download the current version of Caliber for Windows, Mac or Linux and install it.

5. Add e-books to Caliber and convert them for Kindle

The interaction between Caliber and the Kindle is child's play. Click on "Add books" to add any documents (for example individual PDFs, Epubs, or even entire folders) to the library. Then connect the Kindle with a USB cable and wait a moment. As soon as Caliber has recognized the Amazon reader, click with the right mouse button on a book and select "Send to reader / Send to main memory". Caliber is now transferring the book; if it is an incompatible format, you will be asked if you want to convert the file, which you answer in the affirmative. Then you can read the book on the Amazon reader.

6. Convert e-books to MOBI format before transferring them

In some cases, it is advisable to manually convert the books to the Kindle-friendly MOBI format before transferring them. This applies, for example, to PDF files, which make them searchable and much more convenient to read on Kindle. To do this, right click on the book and select "Convert books / Convert individually". You can take over most of the settings; It is important to select your model under "Page setup" (in the example the Kindle Paperwhite), you can also make a few fine adjustments under "MOBI output".

7. Send the MOBI book to the Kindle

Click on OK to start the conversion to MOBI format, the progress of which you can see at the bottom right under "Orders". After completion, the book appears in the menu on the left-hand side in the "Formats" tab under "MOBI". From here you can transfer the converted book to the Kindle as described above.

Another tip for the Amazon Prime members among you: You can also borrow books on the Kindle via the Kindle lending library. We'll show you how to do this in our instructions.

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  • Has 8 GB and therefore twice as much storage space compared to the previous model. Optionally available in 32 GB, so that even more magazines, comics and audiobooks fit on your Kindle.
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  • A single battery charge lasts for weeks, not just a few hours.
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  • With the adjustable front light, you can read comfortably for hours - indoors and outdoors, day and night.
  • Specially designed for reading, with a 167 ppi display with no mirror effects. Read like you would on printed paper, even in bright sunlight.
  • Reading without distraction. Highlight text, look up definitions, translate words, and adjust font size - all right from the page you are reading.
  • Choose from millions of books, newspapers and audio books. You can store thousands of titles on the device so that you always have your library with you.
  • Prime members read for free and have access to a rotating selection of hundreds of books.
  • A single charge will last for weeks, not hours.
  • Enjoy more books with Audible. Connect your Kindle to Bluetooth headphones or speakers and switch seamlessly between reading and listening.
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UPDATE: Use the Kindle as a daily newspaper

In addition to the options presented here for sending e-books to Kindle, you can also use the eReader from Amazon as a personal daily newspaper. Every morning (or whenever you want) you will receive the latest articles from your favorite newspaper free of charge, legally and neatly formatted directly on your Kindle. Mirco shows you how this works in his detailed instructions.