How to Use Calibre With Kindle for PC

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Calibre is free software that organizes your library of e-books and converts e-book files from one file format to another. Kindle for PC allows you to read e-books in the AZW, TXT, PDF, PRC and MOBI formats. By using the file converter in Calibre, it is possible to read e-books in the Kindle for PC program that were originally published in formats that are not supported by Kindle. Some settings in Calibre must be modified for the two programs to work together well.

Things You'll Need

  • Kindle for PC software
  • Calibre software
  • E-book files
  • Open the Calibre software. Click the "Preferences" box on the toolbar at the top of the program window.

  • Click "Behavior" in the "Interface" section of the preferences window.

  • Select "MOBI" as the preferred output format.

  • Remove the check marks next to the MOBI, AZW and PRC file formats in the "Use internal viewer for:" pane in the preferences window. Click on "Apply" at the top of the window. The preferences window will close, and the program returns to the main window.

  • Click the title of the book you wish to convert in the library pane of the main program window. Select "Convert Books" from the toolbar. Select "MOBI" for the output format from the drop-down box in the upper right-hand corner of the conversion window. Click "OK" in the window's bottom right-hand corner to begin conversion.

  • Highlight the book title by clicking on it when the conversion process is complete. Click the triangle next to "Save to disk" on the toolbar. Select "Save only MOBI format to disk in a single directory" from the drop-down menu. Navigate to the "My Documents\My Kindle Content" directory under your user name when you are presented with the explorer window. Click the "Select Folder" button to save the file.

  • Open the Kindle for PC software. The book will appear in the library portion of the window and is ready for use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Removing the check marks next to the MOBI, PRC and AZW formats for use with Calibre's internal viewer causes the Kindle for PC application to open when you open the converted file for viewing from Calibre's library list.
  • Calibre can open and read PRC and AZW files, but it does not support conversion to those formats.
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