Kindle Finally Supports ePub Files – Making It Easier to Load Ebooks You Didn’t Purchase From Amazon
Amazon Kindle e-readers will finally support ePub files – making it easier to load e-books you did NOT buy from Amazon
- Kindles traditionally only support eBooks saved in their native file format
- However, Amazon has announced that it will add support for ePub later this year
- ePub is the most widely used file format for e-books
- It will make it easier for Kindle owners to read books not purchased from Amazon
Amazon’s Kindles are some of the most popular e-readers on the market, but one of the biggest complaints from users is that they don’t support ePub files.
ePub is the most widely used file format for e-books and is supported by Apple and Android devices, as well as specialty e-readers such as Nook and Sony Reader.
However, Kindles have traditionally only supported e-books saved in Amazon’s proprietary e-book file format, meaning owners are effectively locked into purchasing books directly from Amazon.
This has led to apps like Caliber, which allow users to convert ePub eBooks into Amazon-friendly files so they can be read on Kindles.
But it looks like Amazon has finally given in to the pressure, announcing that it will add support for ePub later this year.
Amazon Kindles traditionally only support eBooks saved in their native eBook file format
What is Amazon’s proprietary file format for eBooks?
The Kindle and ePub file formats both launched in 2007.
While the ePub format was supported by Sony, Barnes & Noble, and other e-reader makers, Amazon chose to support other file formats, including Mobi, which it acquired in 2005 with French company Mobipocket.
Amazon’s original proprietary e-book file format, called AZW, was based on Mobi.
Over the years, AWZ has evolved into the KF8/AZW3 format and now the KFX format, but all of these are still owned by the Kindle.
“From the end of 2022, Send to Kindle applications will support the EPUB (.EPUB) format,” Amazon said in its statement. updated Send to Kindle help page†
Users can get ePub eBooks on their Kindles by emailing the ePub files to their device or by using one of the Send to Kindle apps.
The Kindle still can’t load ePub files natively, so connecting the e-reader to a computer and copying ePub files manually is still not an option.
However, the “Send to Kindle” service automatically converts ePubs into Kindle-friendly files.
The change, first noticed by Good e-readermakes it much easier for Kindle owners to read books they didn’t purchase directly from Amazon.
Publishers are now more regularly selling eBooks directly to consumers, often for less than Amazon and other major digital booksellers charge.
Some smaller publishers have even made it a selling point — promising authors a bigger share of sales if customers buy directly from them.
The change also means that people who own other e-readers can buy a Kindle and transfer all their existing e-books much more easily than before.
Amazon has finally given in to the pressure, announcing that it will add support for ePub later this year
Amazon’s help page also points out that Amazon plans to drop support for sending older MOBI files through the Send to Kindle service.
MOBI is the file format that Amazon acquired in 2005 together with the French company Mobipocket and uses it to create its own AZW file format.
Over the years, AZW has evolved into the KF8/AZW3 format and now the KFX format, effectively rendering the old MOBI file format obsolete.
“From the end of 2022, you will no longer be able to send MOBI files (.AZW, .MOBI) to your library using Send to Kindle,” Amazon’s help page reads.
“This change will not affect MOBI files already in your Kindle library.
“MOBI is an older file format and does not support the latest Kindle document features.”
Throw away the tablet before going to sleep! Children are more engaged in stories when they are read from a real book, study claims
Many families with young children now have a tablet and some use it for bedtime stories or as an educational tool to help young people learn.
But a new study suggests it may be time to ditch the devices for such uses after discovering that children actually engage more with stories when read from a real book.
Researchers in the US compared tablet use to traditional children’s books in a study of 72 parents of young children aged 24 to 36 months.
They found that parents talked more to their children when they read a real book, while children also responded more to this conversation than when using a tablet.