Kindle Allows Non-Amazon Books

Okay, I may be the last person on the face of the earth to know this, but I found this pretty cool. I own a Kindle but got a gift certificate for BAM or B&N (don’t remember which one), so I purchased some ebooks through them last year. Well, I was under the impression that I couldn’t read them on my Kindle (and in some situations this is still true). Of course, there are probably other work around options (going through an online file converter to manually format your books (i.e. Calibre), and in some cases, that may still be your best option). BUT what I found out today and tested successfully was that all you have to do is email your book to your Kindle account and Amazon/Kindle converts it for you! Now, I had to email my book from my Amazon verified email address (you know, the one where confirmations of your orders are sent from Amazon). Your Kindle email account can be found by going to Manage my Kindle within your Amazon account (FYI, mine was the same as my verified email address, but with the extension @kindle.com instead of @yahoo.com). Here’s some info from Amazon about this nifty little thing:

The Kindle Personal Document Service can convert and deliver the following types of documents:
Microsoft Word (.doc)
Rich Text Format (.rtf)
HTML (.htm, .html)
Text (.txt) documents
Archived documents (zip , x-zip) and compressed archived documents
Mobi book

Images that are of type JPEGs (.jpg), GIFs (.gif), Bitmaps (.bmp), and PNG images (.png).
Adobe PDF (.pdf) documents are delivered without conversion to Kindle DX, Second Generation and Latest Generation Kindles.

The following document types are converted and delivered on an experimental basis:
Microsoft Word 11 (.docx)
Adobe PDF (.pdf) for First Generation Kindles

If the document that failed belonged to one of the above document types, please ensure the document is not password protected or encrypted. Note that the Latest Generation Kindles support password protected PDFs.

Helpful tips for personal document attachments:

  • The file size of each attached personal document should be less than 50MB (before compression in a ZIP file)
  • The email submitted should not contain more than 25 attached personal documents

I just wanted to pass along the info. 🙂

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