Amazon Kindle E-readers will now make it easier to load ebooks you did not purchase from Amazon

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As a potential blow to all the apps and websites that have popped up with Amazon Kindle to streamline the process of converting EPUB e-book files to the correct e-reader file format, starts in “the end of 2022,” Kindle Personal Documents Service will finally supports EPUB filesthat expands where users can download their content.

Amazon Kindle’s original AZW ebook file format was based on the MOBI format created for an e-reader app called Mobipocket, which was first released back in 2000 for a wide range of PDAs and older mobile devices. Over the years, it has evolved into the KF8 / AZW3 format and now the KFX format, all of which are proprietary to the Kindle. For those who rely solely on Kindle e-readers and apps and only buy e-books from Amazon, a proprietary file format is not an issue, especially when Amazon offers one of the largest selections of e-books currently available , and a streamlined way to get files on its devices.

But there are countless e-readers available in the market that offer better features than Kindle does, including color E Ink screens, and all instead support the EPUB ebook file format (among others), which is the most popular format in the world. It is also a format that Amazon to date has refused to support. This has typically meant that anyone wishing to purchase an e-book reader has either had to commit fully to the Amazon Kindle ecosystem or choose one of the many alternatives and stick to their choice because e-book files , they had purchased or downloaded, were not crossed. -compatible.

That’s still the way it is, but according to one recently updated help page on the Amazon website for its Kindle Personal Documents Service, which streamlines the process of sending files and documents to Kindle e-readers, there will soon be a solution. From the end of 2022, users will either be able to send EPUB files to their device or use one of the Send to Kindle apps to get EPUB eBooks on their Amazon e-readers. Kindle still can not load EPUB files, so connecting the e-reader to a computer and manually copying EPUB files over is still not an option, but Send to Kindle service will convert EPUBs to Kindle-friendly KF8 / AZW3- files. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s still a welcome accommodation for users sitting on a mountain of EPUB files and wanting to choose a Kindle device.

The help page also points out that Amazon plans to drop support for sending older MOBI files through the Send to Kindle service as well. “From the end of 2022, you will no longer be able to send MOBI (.AZW, .MOBI) files to your library using Send to Kindle,” the page states. “This change will not affect any MOBI files already in your Kindle library. MOBI is an older file format and does not support the latest Kindle document features.” Why Amazon not only converts older MOBI files to KF8 / AZW3s is not known, but for those who refuse to let go of an old collection of e-book files, there is always free apps like Caliber for conversion between any eBook format you want.