Amazon announced this very quietly Kindle devices will finally support EPUB Format beginning in late 2022 and expanding where owners can access eBooks.
However, there is a catch. Kindles do not have native EPUB support. You still need to send the file using your Send to Kindle email address to convert the ebook from EPUB to a format the device can read. However, Amazon has not said what this format will be called.
Additionally, Amazon is removing support for the .MOBI and .AZW formats from Send to Kindle.
The reason is that they are old formats that cannot support the latest Kindle features or future features. But if you already have MOBI files on your Kindle, don’t worry as they will still work. You simply cannot get new ones once the update is rolled out.
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This format shuffle puts Kindle on par with other e-readers. The EPUB format was introduced back in 2007 and was quickly picked up by e-reader companies like Kobo, Sony and Barnes & Noble.
Previously, while it was possible to read EPUB files on Kindle, the process was a bit complicated. What you had to do was download a third-party ebook converter like Caliber or Convertio. From there, upload the e-book and convert it to a MOBI file. From there, send it to your Send to Kindle email address and upload it to the Kindle. It wasn’t the most difficult task, but now this process will be less cumbersome.
While it’s a step in the right direction for readers, it’s unknown how far Amazon is willing to go to support EPUB files. You can only buy e-books in Kindle format from the Amazon store, while the competition offers greater flexibility.
An EPUB file worked just as well on a Sony reader or a Barnes & Noble reader. it wasn’t you tied to a single memory or resource. Kindle owners, on the other hand, were essentially prevented from grabbing a free book from Google or directly from a public library. Of course, friendly owners can borrow books from a library that works with a third-party app, such as Libbywhich of course connected them to the Amazon store, where they temporarily get access to the e-book in Kindle format,
Don’t get too excited about the easy access to the EPUB format, as it won’t be rolling out until later this year. If you are interested in an e-reader that supports EPUB files, There are several options like the Kobo Libra 2.