How to Auto-Convert Ebooks to Kindle Format When Importing Into Your Library

Dan Price 31-08-2017

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But Calibre also has another nifty trick up its sleeve: it can automatically convert any ebook into the MOBI format when you import it into your library.

What’s so special about the MOBI format? Well, it’s the best format to use if you want to send ebooks to your Kindle device. Kindles can’t read the widely-used EPUB format, while other formats they can read — such as DOC, PDF, and HTML — are subpar and tend to have rendering issues.

How to Convert Ebooks to Kindle MOBI

If you own a Kindle Why You Should Buy a Kindle (Even If You Love Real Books) Here are several reasons why you should buy a Kindle, even if you love "real" printed books. Read More , it makes sense to convert ebooks into the MOBI format as soon as you add them to your library. That way, you won’t be waiting around for conversion jobs to complete when you want to send an ebook to your device in a hurry later on.

Setting up the automated conversion process takes two steps.

First, you need to make sure MOBI is your preferred output. Open Calibre and go to Preferences > Interface > Behavior.


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In the left-hand panel, locate Preferred Output Format and select MOBI from the drop-down menu. Click Apply when you’re ready.

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For the second step, you need to return to the Preferences menu, but this time head to Import/Export > Adding Books.

On the new window, select the Adding Actions tab and mark the checkbox next to Automatically convert added books to the current output format. Hit Apply to save your changes.

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Do you use Calibre to manage your ebook library? What other nifty tricks do you know about? Let us know in the comments below.

Related topics: Amazon Kindle, Calibre, File Conversion.

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  1. John Harvey
    July 18, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I guess I am stubborn. I started w/ Overdrive from my public library. Confronted w/ this unbelievably wide selection I just borrowed heedless of formats. Then, for the past few yrs, I get the itch to read now and then, which is usually silenced after I run into thee issues again, and I leave it for a few more months. If this article is true then I will use Calibre ans finally buy a cheap e reader and try to build a library from Gutenberg and other sites. I hope this works, because when I was young and even through my (construction) working career, I bought and borrowed real books. Now that I am 67 I finally have the time to devote to my passion for reading, and I keep getting discouraged by the confusing formats and choices. THANK YOU for clarifying this mess for me.,

  2. Jaskanwar Singh
    September 1, 2017 at 7:24 am

    I bought a Kindle Paperwhite a month ago and Calibre has been helping me from the start. With it's easy to use interface it has been a great help for conversion of books.