Amazon will make it easier to load your own books on Kindle – TechCrunch

Amazon is…one company that could stand to have a better ethical record. At press time, Staten Island warehouse workers are fighting for better treatment at work by voting in yet another historic union election. But hey, these people from Seattle make a very good e-reader.

Since it’s Amazon, however, Kindles make it a bit difficult to download eBooks that you haven’t purchased from them. Amazon eBooks use the company’s proprietary AZW3 file type, while virtually everyone in the world uses EPUB. So if you want to use a Kindle (they’re affordable and nice, okay) but don’t want to give Amazon extra money after that purchase, you’ll have to buy an e-book, convert it to an AZW3 file (thanks , Caliber), and then email it to a specific address associated with your Kindle device. Only after all of this can you read your more ethically purchased book on your reluctantly purchased Kindle from Amazon.

Finally, in “late 2022,” we won’t have to take so many steps just to read some damn books, according to an update on Amazon’s Help and Customer Service page. With this impending change, we will afford the luxury of simply emailing us EPUB files, which Amazon will convert into a Kindle-compatible file. The technology is amazing.

Amazon also plans to ditch the MOBI file type, a final relic from its acquisition of Mobipocket in 2005. Mobipocket’s technology helped Amazon launch the first Kindle two years later, which sold for the horrendous price of $399. You could buy a Nintendo Wii for $250 in 2006, for comparison. It was a different time, I guess.


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