The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2 e-Reader is starting to ship out to customers living in the US and Canada. One of the most common concerns is about how to load in your own eBooks. There are plenty of websites that offer free books, but may not be in a Kindle Friendly format. In other cases you simply want to load in your own PDF Files. Today, you will get taught on how to load PDF and MOBI files on your Kindle Paperwhite 2 with Calibre, Dropbox and Windows Explorer.
PDF and EPUB files are two of the most common digital book formats out there. The Kindle Paperwhite 2 has no problem with PDF files at all, but will not read EPUB. This warrants you having to convert the book from an incompatible format to something like MOBI, PRC, or AZW. In order to acomplish this task, you will need a free program like Calibre. This will not only convert one format to another but will also allow you to change metadata. If you have ever downloaded an eBook from a file sharing website or from the greater internet, often books are rife with errors. The person who uploaded the book may have their own name as the authors and the title might be a mess. Calibre allows you to change all of this info and even swap out book covers.
Windows Explorer continues to be the option that most people get familiar with. You simply copy and paste eBooks from your PC into your Kindle. This process gets complicated once you have 50 to 100 books and can get unwieldy. This tutorial outlines some common tips you can employ to organize it a bit better.
Finally, Dropbox is one of the best cloud storage lockers out there. It allows you to upload books from any computer or tablet to your account. You can then access the website from the Experimental Browser found in the settings menu. It is very simple to just download any books from the cloud right to your e-Reader.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.