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Riverina Romantics (riverinaromantics) Hi Guys,
I have recently placed an order for a new Kindle 3G, but am a bit confused. It says that the files it takes are azw & azw1 is that all the files that read properly on the Kindle without being converted or does PDF work fine as well.
What sort of files do you download for kindle and can you only get them from the kindle store?
Any info would be greatly appreciated - i'm trying to get a stash downloaded before it arrives...very excited

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Diane U (djuseless) I downloaded most of my books from Amazon directly as azw files! I have received several PDF files that work well too! Personally, I do not convert any files since everything that I have wanted is available on Amazon.

message 3: by Diane U (new)

Diane U (djuseless) Oh yeah, there are tons of free or cheap books listed on these blogs:

Also, you may want to look into participating in Net Galley. Here is the website:

You sign up for an account and you look through their list of books that may interest you and request a copy. Once approved by the publisher, a copy of the book is available for you, FOR FREE, in exchange for a written review of the book. I have been doing it for almost a month and I have downloaded 17 books and written 1 review and I should be finishing my 2nd book this week. If you enjoy writing, it is an easy way to get some more free books.

message 4: by stormhawk (new)

stormhawk | 542 comments I'm also using netgalley.

The Kindle can also read .prc files, so you can use the mobipocket software to convert PDFs on your own instead of paying amazon to do it. (I don't like how PDFs display on the K3, I'll be sticking with converting, or reading them on my DXG.)

I've also heard of people using the Calibre software to convert PDFs to Kindle-readables, but I haven't tried that since I already had the mobi software for my crackberry.

message 5: by IUHoosier (new)

IUHoosier | 93 comments Straight text format works as well. I've got a text file that I keep on my Kindle that shows the series books that I read in their proper order. That way if I get confused, I've always got it handy to look something up.

Riverina Romantics (riverinaromantics) Thank you! Greatly appreciated.

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Mary (mary_kontrary) Ooooh, good idea IUHoosier! I'm going to have to do that for my series books too!

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