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Kindle e-readers finally (kind of) support ePub books

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Kindles still won't directly open ePub files, but there's one less hoop to jump through now.
Enlarge / Kindles nonetheless will not immediately open ePub recordsdata, however there’s one much less hoop to leap via now.

Andrew Cunningham

Amazon’s Kindles are a number of the finest devoted e-readers you should purchase, however a longstanding criticism from customers of DRM-free books from non-Amazon sources is that they do not help the open ePub commonplace. That has modified in some unspecified time in the future within the current previous, as spotted by Good E-Reader: Amazon’s Kindle Private Paperwork Service will now settle for ePub recordsdata despatched to your gadget’s Ship to Kindle electronic mail deal with, the identical approach it at the moment handles PDF recordsdata, Phrase paperwork, and different picture and textual content recordsdata.

Kindles nonetheless do not natively help sideloading ePub recordsdata—the Ship to Kindle service converts the paperwork to AZW3 recordsdata, one thing customers may already do themselves utilizing a wide range of free instruments. However official help from Amazon removes a step from the method and can assist customers keep away from shady ad-riddled third-party conversion websites. We have examined it with an Eleventh-generation Kindle Paperwhite operating the newest model of the Kindle software program, and the conversion course of appeared to go off with no hitch.

If utilizing the Ship to Kindle electronic mail deal with continues to be too onerous, Amazon’s support document says it would add the identical ePub conversion help to its Send to Kindle apps in some unspecified time in the future in late 2022. Amazon additionally says that it’s going to discontinue Ship to Kindle help for MOBI recordsdata in late 2022, since these recordsdata “will not help the latest Kindle options for paperwork.” MOBI recordsdata already in your gadget will stay there and can proceed to work as they at the moment do.

This begrudging help for ePub recordsdata is one component of a gradual software program overhaul that has trickled out to newer Kindles over the past 12 months or so. Amazon began rolling out changes to the Kindle UI last September, the primary main UI replace the e-readers had obtained since 2016, and even more tweaks were added in March of this 12 months. The software program modifications have been accompanied by {hardware} updates like the larger-screened 11th-generation Kindle Paperwhite.

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