Thursday September 29, 2022

Amazon Kindles finally support ebooks that everyone else sells.

A report from Good E-Reader this weekend seemed to indicate something quite wild. Amazon was expected to finally support the ePub ebook format after 15 years of being a competitor. This format is used by the vast majority of online bookstores, publishers, as well as competing services. Amazon won’t support the ePub file format natively. We were so close! It’s amazing because we were so close to it, and also because we have been this far since the Kindle and ePub file formats were launched in 2007. Sony, Barnes & Noble, as well as other e-reader manufacturers, were quick to support ePub. It is the primary technical standard of the International Digital Publishing Forum. Amazon supports other file formats as well, including.Mobi which it acquired in 2005 with Mobipocket, a French company, and.AZW which is basically an Amazon-branded version.
This has meant that for the past 15 years, if your Kindle E-reader wanted an ePub file, you would have to first convert it. Most often, this was done using the extremely frustrating and ugly Calibre software. Although it was a great workflow, it has become more irritating over the years.
Publishers are selling ebooks to consumers more often than Amazon, Rakuten, and Barnes & Noble. It has become a selling point for smaller publishers. Authors will often get a larger share of a sale directly from the publisher than they might receive from a larger digital bookeller. This allows you to better support your favorite author by buying directly from them. You can quickly download ebooks from Kobo or Barnes & Noble, Pocketbook or any of the many e-readers available in China, but you will still need to do the Calibre step if the same book is needed on a Kindle.
It will now be easier to obtain an ePub for a Kindle. Amazon will allow you to send ePub files via the Send to Kindle function. It should then convert the ePub file into a KF8 format. Although technically an ePub, it is not an ePub as it is only supported on Kindles.
I don’t know if you feel the same way, but Amazon seems to be putting up a giant Amazon-branded glass wall between myself and the content so that I never forget the Amazon of e-reading. This is one reason I love Android E Ink tablets. I can simply put the ePub onto the tablet without having to go through the Amazon-branded hoops.

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