How to Convert Text to Kindle Format

By Jacqui Lane

The Amazon Kindle is an ebook reader that debuted in 2007. The first generation Kindle supported several file formats, including plain text (.txt), Mobipocket (.mobi, .prc) and the Kindle's own proprietary format (.azw). Subsequent versions of the Kindle also included native support for PDF documents. If you have a file that is not supported by the Kindle, you can use free software to convert it to a format that the device will recognize.

Things You'll Need

  • "Mobipocket Creator" software

Step 1

Download and install the "Mobipocket Creator" software. This is free software that will convert your text documents to a format that can be viewed on the Kindle.

Step 2

Launch "Mobipocket Creator" and click on the type of text that you want to convert beneath the heading "Import From Existing File." You can convert a text file, HTML file or Microsoft Word document.

Step 3

Click "Browse" and select the file that you want to convert. Click "Import."

Step 4

Click on the name of the file that you have just imported and click "Build" in the file menu at the top of the screen.

Step 5

Select "Standard Compression" and "No Encryption." Click "Build" at the bottom of the screen and your file will be converted to the Mobipocket ebook format with a file extension of .prc. This file is formatted for viewing on your Kindle.