How to Convert Word to Kindle

We’ve covered quite a bit information about Kindle file formatsand their conversions. Like PDF files, word documents are also very popular among Kindle users. That’s why we’d better talk about it in a separate post. Well, can Kindle read word documents? We know that Kindle cannot read word documents natively. If you want to convert word to Kindle format, keep reading.


As always, we have options.

1. Convert Word to Kindle Online

  • Use Amazon mail-to-Kindle service. It will help you convert your word documents to the Kindle e-book format.
  • Visit and select “convert to AZW” if you want to convert doc to AZW, or “convert to MOBI” the other way. Then upload your file, and there you go!

2. Word to Kindle Conversion Software

  • Calibre is a popular tool that converts between many different document formats. If you look at the supported formats, you won’t see .doc there, but you will see TXT and PDF. So save your Word file as a TXT or PDF file and there you go. You can use Calibre to convert to a MOBI file. If you want to convert word to Kindle mac, use Calibre for Mac.
  • You can also use Mobipocket Creator to convert your Word file to a MOBI file and upload the MOBI file to Amazon. Kindle books are actually MOBI files. So if you have Kindle for PC, you can use it to read MOBI files. One advantage to all the methods that generate MOBI files is that if the MOBI file looks good, the Kindle file will look good, since they’re pretty much the same thing. Read more at:

Kindle Text Format

If you want to convert word to Kindle ebook without hassle, then go ahead, read these guidelines from and prepare your text accordingly.

  • Don’t use fonts.  Most likely, they won’t come through the conversion process very well.  Do use bold and italics – those are fine.
  • Use style elements like headers, rather than just upping the font on a particular section of text.  Those will translate better to the underlying HTML that eBooks are composed of.
  • Keep things “linear” – no sidebars and things like that.  This is something we cover in more detail here:
  • Don’t use page numbers.  They’ll get stripped out because they don’t make sense on Kindles, which have pages of varying sizes depending on the device and settings used to read it.
  • Don’t use page headers or footers.
  • Do not use tabs to indent paragraphs.
  • Endnotes generally work better than footnotes.
  • Remember to embed images in the file, rather than linking to them. This means that instead of simply loading up the image on your own computer, the image is contained within the Word file itself.  Links to the images on your computer don’t work once the file leaves your computer!
  • If you have the ability, make your images the right size (not too big) before you embed them.  Massive images will cost you money, because beyond a certain size, Amazon will take a cut from your profits in order to pay for the download costs.

Okay!  There you have it.  The quick and easy alternatives to convert your files from doc to Kindle formats. Word (doc, docx) files might be easier to read on Kindle. What do you think?

You may also like, if you are a Mac user and convert Kindle to other formats.

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