How to Convert ePub to Kindle

EPUB e-book files can be converted to a Kindle-compatible format using a desktop converter app or online conversion site. Since the Kindle doesn't natively support EPUB files, conversion is the only way to enjoy your EPUB books on your Kindle without a separate purchase from the Kindle store.

Desktop Converters

Desktop converters are applications you install on your computer, which convert the EPUB file to a Kindle format without need for an Internet connection. Typically, desktop converters display a preview of the file as it will appear on the Kindle, so you can adjust margins, formatting and other options to optimize the EPUB file's presentation for your device.

Calibre Converter

Calibre Converter is an open-source e-book management program that works not only as a converter, but also as a reader. Calibre is free and can handle many file formats, including EPUB and Kindle formats.

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Click Add books.

Click Add books.
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Select the EPUB file and click Open.
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Select the EPUB file and click Open. Allow Calibre a few moments to analyze and add the file to its library.

Select the EPUB file from the library and click Convert Books.
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Select the EPUB file from the library and click Convert books.

Select MOBI or AZW3 from the Output Format drop-down menu.
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Select MOBI or AZW3 from the Output format drop-down menu. AZW3 is better for new versions of the Kindle reader.

Adjust the books properties using the tabs in the menu on the left.
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Adjust the book as desired, using the tabs in the menu on the left to select different adjustment types.

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  • Metadata adjusts the book's title, author, publisher, cover and other metadata information.
  • Look & Feel changes the font, font size, line height, indent size and other elements of the text presentation.
  • Heuristic Processing scans the book for common patterns and fixes them. These patterns include unformatted chapter headings and subheadings, removing unnecessary hyphens, deleting blank lines between paragraphs and consistently formatting scene breaks.
  • Page Setup enables you to use device-based profiles to adjust how the converted file interprets spacing, resolution dependent content and margins. Ideally, you should pick Kindle from the Output profile list, unless you want to enter your own margins.
  • Structure Detection scans the book for structure like page breaks and chapter marks.
  • Table of Contents adds a linked table of contents to the book.
  • Search & Replace finds phrases within the book and replaces them with the specified text.
  • MOBI Output or AZW3 Output adjusts output-specific information, such ignoring margins, not adding a table of contents, enabling sharing via social media and disabling content compression.
  • Debug is used only to diagnose problems with the conversion process and generally won't be needed.
Click OK.
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Click OK when finished to convert the file and sync it to your Kindle using your USB cable. The converted file is located in your Calibre library folder, usually in the Documents library in File Explorer.

Epubor Ultimate Converter

Epubor Ultimate Converter isn't a free program like Calibre, but is available with a free trial if you decide to try it It also acts only as a converter and not as a reader, but is compatible with EPUB and Kindle formats.

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Click Add.

Click Add.
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Select the EPUB file and click Open.
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Select the EPUB file and click Open.

Click Edit.
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Click Edit.

Adjust the metadata using the provided fields.
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Adjust the book's metadata, including title, author(s), cover, publishers and other information.

Click Finish.
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Click Finish when you're finished editing the metadata.

Select your device from the Output Format menu.
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Click the Output Format button and select Amazon Devices followed by your Kindle model.

Click Convert.
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Click Convert to convert your file, and then transfer the file to your Kindle via a USB cable. The folder containing the converted file opens automatically after conversion is complete.

Online Converters

Online converters are an alternative if you don't want to install any new programs to your computer, or youhave only a few files to convert. All online converters are browser-based and require an Internet connection, although beyond that, requirements vary to some degree. Some converters send the converted file directly to your Kindle, while others offer a direct download to your computer.

The following are instructions for three online EPUB to Kindle converters: EPub2Mobi, Send EPUB to Kindle and EBook Converter.

EPub2Mobi

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Click Upload epub file.

Click Upload epub file.
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Select the EPUB file and click Open.
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Select the EPUB file and click Open.

Click Download Result.
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Click Download result when the conversion is finished. Transfer the file to your Kindle using a USB cable.

Send EPUB to Kindle

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Enter your Send-to-Kindle email address in the appropriate field. To find out the Send-to-Kindle email for your Kindle device, go to the Manage your Devices page on Amazon and click My Devices.

Enter your Send-to-Kindle email address.
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Enter your Amazon account email address.
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Enter the email address you use for your Amazon account in the appropriate field.

Click Drop File Here.
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Click Drop file here.

Select the EPUB file and click Open.
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Select the EPUB file and click Open.

Click Upload and Send.
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Click Upload and Send. The file appears in your Kindle's library once it has been successfully delivered.

EBook Converter

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Click Browse.

Click Browse.
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Select the EPUB file and click Open.
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Select the EPUB file and click Open.

Click Upload Files.
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Click Upload Files.

Click the file's name to download it.
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Click the file's name or right-click and select Save link as to download it . Add it to your Kindle using a USB cable.