How to Download an ebook to Kindle

May 23, 2014 in Articles, eBook Management

Download to KindleIf you want to know how to download an ebook to Kindle, the first thing you need to be aware of  is what file formats a Kindle can use. If you chose the correct file format then the process becomes no more difficult than using a file manager like ‘Windows Explorer’ to move the file from your PC to your Kindle with a little help from the USB cable which normally comes with your Kindle.

Choosing a File Format For Kindle

So here goes, the file formats that can be loaded and read by a standard Kindle ereader are:

  • MOBI – this is the first of two file types designed by Mobipocket and is compatible with a standard Kindle.
  • PRC – this is the second of the Mobipocket file types and is again Kindle compatible.
  • AZW – Amazon’s own proprietary version of what is essentially a MOBI file, only available from Amazon.
  • PDF – this is an Adobe file format and can be read on a Kindle but doesn’t come with anywhere near the flexibility you get with the previous three types. Be aware that you cannot change parameters for these files on Kindle, so if the text is too small then you will be stuck with what you get.
  • TEXT – this covers any documents/books written using any standard word processor. It is an option if little formatting is required but still not as good an option as the two formats that top the list.

If you are using 3rd party suppliers of eBooks for Kindle the best option is to choose either the MOBI or PRC file formats. Assuming they have been formatted correctly they should work as well as Amazon’s own proprietary AZW software.

KF8 For Kindle Fire & Some Newer Kindles

But before we leave file types and just to complicate things a little more, Amazon now provide files in a KF8 format. It is fully compatible with the Kindle Fire but the full range of functionality available with the KF8 format does not work on every Kindle device. For a list of Kindle Devices that Support KF8 use this link.

Downloading An eBook to Kindle

Now for downloading a file to Kindle. If you have chosen one of the compatible files and have downloaded it to your PC, then all you need to do is connect your Kindle to your PC using the special USB cable provided for the task and then use your file management program on your PC to copy and paste the file to your Kindle in the appropriate directory, for books it is the ‘documents’ directory. The video below explains how this is done if you need further guidance.

Also if you need the cable that connects your Kindle to a PC you can get it here for the USA or here for the UK.

Converting Other File Formats to a Kindle Compatible Format

Of course there are ways and means of converting ebook files from one format to another if you are really desperate for that book that doesn’t come in any of the formats your Kindle can handle. This article on ebook management should help you figure out how to turn an ePub into a MOBI or AZW if you really need to. This is relatively easy to do if the file does not have digital rights management (DRM) protecting it, but quite a lot more difficult if it has.

Where You Can Purchase Kindle Compatible Books

  • Smashwords – multiple formats including MOBI
  • Lulu – ePub or PDF
  • eBooks – mostly ePub or PDF
  • BookLocker – ePub, PDF and Kindle compatible

My favourite site from the list, as a publisher, is Smashwords and is where you can find most of the books published on this site in multiple formats including MOBI. ** Authors or publishers decide what formats to publish so not all formats are always available, you have to have a look see what you can get.

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Should Amazon Have Adopted the ePub?

March 22, 2013 in Articles, eBook Management, Formatting eBooks, Kindle Devices

New Kindle PreviewerWhat a  kerfuffle, Amazon have moved over to their new KF8 format for all the newer Kindle Fire  devices and the new Paperwhite Kindle devices currently being sold. Basically this means that any new Kindle released in the future will support the KF8 format, which in truth is a little like, but not exactly the same as, ePub3. It also means that the Kindle devices that currently operate with the older mobi based formatting will gradually be phased out.

So Amazon have stuck to their policy of having their own proprietary format for their eReaders. The main bone of contention, highlighted by many online publishers, with this strategy is of course that anyone that has bought one of the millions of older Kindle devices is now stuck with the AZW or similar with far less features than KF8 and the two are not compatible i.e. KF8 formatting cannot be used on the older Kindles without problems. Not that a move to ePub would have helped that situation, because ePubs cannot be read with the older Kindles either (or the new Kindles now). Read the rest of this entry →

eBook Publishing

March 20, 2012 in

Are you considering writing or publishing an ebook? If so, we can guide you through all the stages.

We assist book writers to publish and sell ebooks online. And Amazon’s Kindle Store should be your priority.

If you have already published a book and would like an ebook version listed and selling on Amazon, in days, again we can help.

Your new ebook will be accurately described and displayed on the Amazon Kindle store, with a special cover photo, a description, and your name, as author, shown. Sales worldwide are possible the moment Amazon accept your files and publish the ebook on the Kindle Store. See the Writers Wanted page for further details about these services.

There is another way to approach ebook publishing however: handle everything yourself – self-publish (we list the things you must do below) and it will only cost you the time involved. Take a look and see if you think that is the approach you would prefer to take. There is little doubt the DIY route will save you money in the short term, but what you need to consider carefully is whether it will cost you money in the months that follow.

To get Amazon to accept a Kindle book for sale you need to:

1. register an account with Amazon on KDP, in your name, so that they pay you directly. You will then become the commercial publisher
2. prepare and send Amazon a computer file for the content (Amazon accept several different file formats), and a graphic image file for the ‘cover’. Amazon will attempt to convert the ebook files you send them to put them in their Kindle Store
3. write a description of the book (the selling copy). This needs to be punchy and literate to work. You enter this on the listing form.
4. choose two appropriate categories for listing on Amazon. This will guide buyers to your ebook’s page
5. set a price for your book that buyers will find competitive
6. choose seven keyword phrases. These should be ones that internet searchers frequently use to find books similar to yours
7. provide a profile about yourself, as the author, and add it to ‘Amazon Author Central’. This will interest potential buyers and is an additional means of promoting yourself and your book(s).
*8. create website pages dedicated to your book where you can, a), describe the book and its history and contents in greater detail, b), link directly to your Amazon listing to increase your chances of boosting sales and c), add further commentary about the book as reviews come in.
*9. prepare a PDF version of your book. This you can then email to interested journalists, friends and colleagues to gain publicity and sales. Use this to boost good reviews on Amazon’s Kindle store
*Items, 8 & 9. Website pages tailor-made for your book, and a PDF for emailing to journalists are essential marketing requirements
Amazon offers general advice on all of the above aspects, except items 8 & 9. Amazon do not charge for their advice so if you are computer-literate and have the time to read their documentation thoroughly you should, in time, be able to convert your existing files and then list your book, at minimum expense. We recommend you visit their website (click on the following link) and learn all about the things you will need to do, and not do. Amazon Self Publishing Help

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