Convert PDF, DOC, TXT, and HTML Files for Reading on Your Kindle 2

Posted February 26, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Entertainment

You’ve acquired a large collection of ebooks in various file formats over the years and want to put them on your Kindle, but how? If you are running a Windows computer, you can easily and freely convert them so that you can read them on your Kindle.

First, you’ll need to download and install the free Mobipocket Creator 4.2 Publisher Edition (Make sure to install the Publisher Edition, the Home Edition doesn’t have the document conversion feature).

1. Open Mobipocket Creator Publisher Edition. (Click the OK button if it is your first time using the software).

2. From the Home screen, go to the Import From Existing File section.

3. Select the appropriate file type for your conversion.

4. Go to Choose a file and browse to the file that you wish to convert.

5. Click the Import button.

6. Once the document has been imported, it will appear in the Publication Files section.

7. Select the file and then go to the menu bar and select Build.

8. Under Compression options, select the desired level of compression (No Compression, Standard Compression, or High Compression).

9. Leave the Encryption settings on No encryption.

10. Click the Build button.

11. Once the build process is completed, if you kept the default folder location, go to My Documents (on XP) or Documents (on Vista). Open the My Publications directory.

12. Find the folder that has the same name as the document you wanted converted.

13. Locate the file with a .prc extension.

14. Connect your Kindle to your computer with the USB cord.

15. Copy the .prc file to your Kindle’s Documents folder.


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  • Eric

    Calibre is a far better solution for converting between formats. The mobi software is good for authoring directly, but Calibre’s more flexible.

  • AJ

    I am newbie to ebook concept. I recently purchased new kindle 2. In my case, reading up on my office PDFs during commute is main goal. I first purchased Sony eReader, but returned that for lack of good PDF support. I got my kindle 2 3 days back and using this website was able to convert about 20 odd work related PDFs. They’ve converted very well much to my surprise. This website was so useful in making kindle 2 useful for me.
    Thank you so much.

  • Dick Evans

    Works like a charm. Thanks!

  • James Collier

    Would not take an OpenOffice file saved in Office 97 format. Works for text files, but Ignores double spacing… What gives?

  • John Ashworth

    Converted two large pdf files brilliantly. The original font size was very small and difficult to read , Kindle wouldn’t resize it. The converted documents were excellent

  • Terry Crook

    Great utility! I use it for converting files to kindle format for reading on my PC. I wanted this so I could make notes & highlite and bookmark documents. It works great. The install and conversion instructions are accurate and easy to use.

    Thans muchly