Documents that Kindle Recognizes?

Many buyers and potential buyers have expressed concern about the kind of files kindle supports. Of particular interest is whether or not Kindle supports PDF files. This article reveals the type of files kindle recognizes at this present time.

File Recognition
At present, kindle only recognizes the following files:

Document files: Kindle (.azw), text (.txt), Mobi (.mobi*, .prc*)

Music Files: MP3 music format (.mp3)

Audible Files: Audible.com (.aa)

Files containing digital rights management software will not be readable.

PDF Format
At present PDF file recognition is in the experimental phase. You can email your PDFs wirelessly to your kindle. However, due to PDF’s fixed layout format, some complex PDF files might not format correctly on your Kindle.
Personal Files
Personal documents in file formats not automatically recognized by Kindle may be converted to a Kindle recognized format using e-mail. If an attachment is E-mail to a Kindle e-mail address, Amazon will converts the file and delivers it to your kindle for proper viewing.

The following are the personal files formats that may be converted via e-mail for viewing on Kindle:

  • Microsoft Word (.DOC)
  • Structured HTML (.HTML, .HTM)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)

If , when emailed, these files are combined in a ZIP (.ZIP) file, they will automatically open up by the conversion service, converted to Kindle format, and sent to your kindle or computer as specified.

Using Kindle With Your Computer
There are many types of digital files that may be downloaded to Kindle wirelessly. However, if you want to access large media files that cannot be transferred wirelessly, such as audiobooks and MP3 (music) files, you can transfer these files by connecting kindle to your computer using the USB cable. (More…in the next article)