What formats does Kindle support?

Not every ebook format works with Kindle. Here are all the supported formats and how you can convert unsupported ebook formats to a native Kindle format.

Kindle Reader
Kindle Oasis and Paperwhite e-ink readers

Several years ago, I found an ebook online that used the EPUB format when I got my first Kindle. I wanted to download it, but I first needed to verify if Kindle supported it. It ended up that it didn’t support it, but it was possible to convert it to Amazon’s MOBI format. I was curious to know what other formats Kindle supported, so I researched all of the ebook formats that Kindle natively supports. Here are all of the file formats you can use on a Kindle.

Supported Kindle Formats

File FormatFilename Extension
Amazon AZW ebook.azw
Amazon MOBI ebook.mobi
Unprotected PRC ebook.prc
Compressed PostScript file.psz
Microsoft Word document.doc, .docx
Rich Text Format.rtf
Plain Text.txt
HTML page.htm, .html
JPEG image.jpg, .jpeg
PNG image.png
BMP image.bmp

If you have an ebook format that Kindle doesn’t support, you can usually convert it to a compatible format as long as it’s not protected with digital rights management (DRM). For example, you can convert EPUB to AZW using Kindle Create or Calibre.

How families can manage their ebooks with multiple Kindles and devices

People who read books on Kindle naturally tend to buy most of their ebooks from Amazon.com. They also get handed down to other family members, and before you know it, there are multiple Kindles within a single household. Fortunately, Amazon makes it easy to manage digital content for the entire family.

Kids reading Kindles
Parents can control what kids read on a Kindle reader

Amazon provides a feature called Family Library. It allows books to be shared between two adult accounts, and children can be added as child profiles as part of an adult’s account. The ‘Manage Your Household’ page is located at amazon.com/myh/manage.

Manage your Household on Amazon.com
Parents can manage Kindle ebooks with Amazon.com’s ‘Manage your Household’ feature

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