How to Read PDFs on Kindle

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If you are a Kindle fan, like me, you probably know that kindle devices not only support eBooks, but also PDFs.

Kindle devices play a big role in displaying eBooks, including our personal pdf documents. So after I collected some pdfs, how excited I was! when I transferred them to my kindle for directly reading. But after several trials I met many problems beyond my imagination. I realized that reading pdfs on Kindle is not as simple as it seems.

So I write this content in today's article, about how to read pdfs on kindle. But before I introduce the solution, let's take a quick look at some frequently problems encountered in the process of viewing pdf files on kindle, so that you can get a better understanding.

Problem 1: for personal pdf documents, some of them might not display properly, screen size too big or too small;
Problem 2: for downloaded pdf eBooks, most of them couln't be opened, drm and format limitation.

From the list you know that my train of thought is to refer the "pdfs" into 2 parts: personal documents and purchased ebooks. Of course if you don't want to know this part, you can go straight to the final answer how to.

Problem 1: some of pdf documents don't look as good

PDF, portable document format, is a file format that has captured all the elements of a printed document as an image that you can view, navigate, print, or share with someone else. Just with this feature, PDF files are widely used as documents like user manuals, product brochures, magazine articles, etc. They are securable, not allowed to edit.

So in most cases, files we downloaded from sites, copied from other devices, purchased from stores especially about professinal area like music, foreign languages, mathematics, chemistry, these files are in PDF format.

Though amazon.com has said that you can view pdf files with kindle app or on kindle devices. Copy from computer to kindle, or send with its own email address. But, after you tried you may find that the reading is not so comfortable. Here take my Kindle Paperwhite as an example.

I connect my device to computer, find the Kindle drive, then copy pdf documents from my computer to "documents" folder".

Then open my pdf on my Kindle. You will find that not all pdfs can display properly. You konw most of PDF files are adapted to the print page size, but my kindle paperwhite screen is much smaller. This pdf file's font is too small to see, especially for the images.

pdf personal files on kindle

Then I zoom my file, but after I finished reading this page, I have to come back to its original page, then continue to read the next page, zoom it, come back...So terrible!

zoom pdf on kindle

See? Though kindle devives support reading personal pdf files, but the reading feeling is still so bad. And the resize working is also so tedious.

Problem 2: purchased pdf books cann't be read on Kindle

I have said many times in my article that kindle devices only support ebooks that purchased from amazon kindle store. Kindle ebooks are with kindle format, such as azw3, mobi, prc, azw. So for PDF eBooks, kindle devices can't open them. As the image shows below.

open pdf ebooks on kindle

But the reason is not only for the format limitation. In fact, most pdf books we purchased from Kobo, Google Play books, Sony, online ebook sellers, they are protected with Adobe Adept DRM, which makes us read adobe files on dedicated devices.

How to read pdf files on kindle

Don't worry this part I will show you how to read pdfs on kindle, including both personal pdf documents and purchased pdf ebooks.

Tools you need:

Adobe Digital Editions
Ultimate eBook Converter

Step 1: Collect pdfs on computer

No matter pdf documents or pdf ebooks, here I strongly recommend you collect them together in one folder. If they are on your devices, copy to computer please. Here is an example, I named an folder "pdf kindle" on my mac desktop.

collect pdf files to computer

Step 2: Add pdfs to Adobe Digital Editions

For pdf ebooks, most of them are protected with Adobe DRM, they can only be opened with Adobe Digital Editions on computer, so please intall ADE at first, then authorize with your Adobe ID (the same email address), add your pdf books to ADE. This is important. And, if your pdfs are bought from different store, you'd better use the same email address as account.

add pdfs to ade

When adding personal pdf documents to ade, if you see a pop-up window as below, it says that your pdf files are protected with password. So you'd better remove pdf password to let them free, then add no password pdf documents to ade again. Refer this guide how to remove password from pdfs.

password pdfs

After all pdfs are added to ade, you can get a review on your computer.

Step 3: Install this tool Ultimate Converter

Ultimate Converter is a good tool that helps you remove drm from pdf books, convert pdf to kindle format. It's the best drm removal + ebook converter, I think. With it you can not only read pdfs on kindle, but also read pdfs on iPhone, nook, etc. You can get it free downloaded on your computer.

Windows Version Download Mac Version Download

Step 4: Remove drm from pdf

Get this tool started. In common, from the right erea you will see all your pdfs (added to ade in step 2) are listed below the "ADE" icon.

Drag pdfs to the left erea. See? pdfs added, drm removed!

remove drm from pdfs


1 For those drm free pdfs, beside the book you won't see "decrypted". If you see "decrypted", it means that this book has drm.

2 Make sure your personal pdfs have no password protection please. Otherwise you will see a tip "Unknown DRM". When you see this tip, go back to step 2 to remove password.

unknown drm of personal pdfs

3 If you see a tip "iBooks DRM", it means your pdf books are purchased from iBooks store. Sorry this tool doesn't support iBooks pdf.

ibooks drm tip

4 If you see a tip "Adept DRM", it means your this pdf book is purchased with another account. Only by the same Adobe ID you can remove the drm successfully. For details have a good look at how to remove drm from adobe

5. If you have added your pdfs to ade, but the "ade" icon below didn't show all your pdfs out, you can click on "Add" to load files. Or you can add your pdf files to ADE location folder:

For Windows: ...\My Documents (Documents)\My Digital Editions
For Mac: Users/Your computer name/Digital Editions

Step 5: Convert pdf to kindle format

Set common "mobi" as output format, or choose kindle device as the output, then click on "Convert" button.

pdf to kindle converter

Conversion completed, a window will pop up. From that folder you can copy those mobi files to your kindle devices. Connect Kindle to computer with the USB cable. After you see the drive, open it you should see a "documents" folder, copy mobi files from output folder to "documents" please.

Then eject your device, tap on your kindle, these new files (converted from pdf) should show up.

send pdfs to kindle

From the image beginning of this article, you know that mobi is the most suitable format for kindle devices. After you zoom one page of a file, the new font and layout will be used to all the pages. No excess or complex step.

So with this method you can read all your pdf files on your kindle devices now, even pdf documents, you can still read pdfs like a book. Enjoy reading your new pdfs on your Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HDX!

Download the tool for free:

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works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.

10/1/2014 19:24:31
Have you tried k2pdfopt?  It can re-flow text even on scanned files and fit them to your e-reader screen.
07/5/2016 17:54:48
my ultimate converter has downloaded but will not open on my mac
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