Amazon Kindle and the Kindle app is one of the best devices/apps to read books. In addition to reading books, Amazon also allows you to upload your personal books and documents to your Kindle library. This feature is missing in Google Books.
However, Amazon Kindle does not support a popular format known as ePub and this means that majority of your books may be unreadable on the Kindle. However, there are ways to actually convert ePub books to Amazon Kindle formats.
One of the easiest ways to read ePub books on your Kindle is to convert the books to a format which Kindle understands (.azw, .mobi, .PDF) and then upload the books to your Kindle library using the “Send to Kindle” app or through your personal Amazon Kindle email address (Read: How to add or send books to Kindle).
In order to convert ePub files to a Kindle recognized format, you can use an excellent software called Calibre. You can read our earlier guide on converting ePub files to Mobi and other formats to learn how you can do the conversion of your books.
Once you have converted your book to the popular format, you can directly use Calibre to send the books to your Kindle device or app or read instructions on how to upload books to Kindle library.
Once you have uploaded your books to the Kindle library, you can then easily send it to any of your registered Kindle devices and read the books on them.
ePub files are an open publishing format to publish books and allow them to be read on multiple devices and platforms. ePub formats are popular on mobile devices, tablets and dedicated eBook readers like the Nook and Amazon Kindle. In fact, you can also read ePub books on your PC or Mac.
However, if you don’t have a compatible device to read ePub files, you can always convert ePub books to PDF format or MOBI format or HTML format and read them on any device.
One of the most famous software and freeware you can use to convert ePub files on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux is called Calibre eBook management (Download). This software not just allows you to manage your eBooks on a computer but also supports multiple formats along with the ability to convert eBooks among different formats.
In order to convert and ePub file to PDF, MOBI or HTML format, you will first have to add the books to the Calibre library using the "Add books" button. Once you have done that, click on the book and then click on the "Convert books" button in the top menu.
Once you have clicked that button, you will be shown several formats to convert the book to. Choose the format you want to convert the book to from the "Output Format" dropdown. You can make several other changes to the output using the left hand side menu. Once you have selected all the options, click on the "OK" button and Calibre will start a job to convert the book into the desired format.
The conversion process for ePub format to PDF, MOBI or HTML make take some time. Once the conversion is finished you will find the book in the same folder as the original book.
In this age of digital books which can be read on tablets and mobiles, there are several new books formats which have come into the picture. One such book format is called ePub which is a short form for electronic publication, just like eMail is a short form for electronic mail.
ePub books allow different devices to display the books in their own format which makes it compatible on different devices. Most devices support ePub files, however, if you have downloaded a file on a PC or Mac, you won’t be able to simply open it as it is.
If you have downloaded a book in ePub format on your computer, you will have to download a special software to read it. There are several software which will allow you to open ePub files or read ePub eBooks.
One such software which allows you to open and read ePub eBooks is called Azardi, which is a free ePub reader. You can download the Azardi ePub reader from http://azardi.infogridpacific.com/html/.
Once you have downloaded and installed the Azardi ePub Reader, you can add your ePub books to the reader by right clicking on the library icon in the right hand side corner and then adding your ePub books to it.
Once you have added your ePub books to Azardi, you can then simply double click on it and open the ePub book and start reading it. You can also convert your ePub books to PDF, MOBI or HTML format and start reading it or upload it to your mobile device and read it with a compatible eBook reader app.