How to Read EPUB on Kindle Paperwhite

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Many Kindle users are searching for solutions to read epub on Kindle Paperwhite, because Kindle device doesn't support EPUB natively. Fortunately we've found solutions to reading epub on kindle Paperwhite.

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Is EPUB compatible with Kindle?

--Kindle Paperwhite only supports reading books purchased from Amazon Kindle store. And these Kindle books are in their exclusive eBook formats, such as kfx, mobi, azw3, azw, etc. Since epub is not Kindle supported ebook format, it cannot be detected in Kindle devices even if it has been transferred to Kindle.

--Most of the epub books, such as the books purchased Google Play Books, Kobo, Nook, are protected with DRM protection, which prevent us reading epub files on non-supported readers, such as Kindle paperwhite.

Having found the reasons, the solutions will be easy to find. Since there are limitations between the device and the ebook format, why not change the device's property or the book file's format?

Method 1. Convert EPUB to Kindle Supported Format

To read ePub on Kindle Paperwhite, the best and simplest way is ebook format conversion. As we all know that Kindle only reads kindle format such as Mobi/AZW3, so how about converting epub to kindle format?

How to convert epub to Kindle ebook format? Kindle ebook converter is a must-have tool. I'm going to introduce 2 effective tools.

Tool 1. Calibre

As an ebook fan, you must have heard of Calibre. This is a free ebook management tool, which helps you convert ebooks from one format to another. So you can use it to convert your epub files to Kindle format.

Download Calibre, and launch it. Then add your downloaded epub books, select them and click on "Convert books" icon. Choose Mobi/AZW3 as your output format.

add epub to calibre

Notice: To convert DRM-protected EPUB books, we need to install Calibre DRM Removal plugins.

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Tool 2. Epubor Ultimate

Epubor Ultimate is the all-in-one ebook DRM Removal and eBook Converter which can help you remove ebook DRM and convert ebook format at once. What's more, this tool also supports batch conversion. Convert your books in bulk with ease and save your time.

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Just download the software to your computer. Then add epub books to the software. Both DRM-free and DRM-protected epub books are supported perfectly. Then select kindle Mobi or AZW3 as the the target output format, click on "Convert to Mobi" button.

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1. For DRM-protected epub books, please make sure you can read epub on Adobe Digital Editions. Follow the guide How to Remove DRM from EPUB to learn the details.

2. For some Kobo eBooks they are usually in KEPUB format but not the common ePub, but you still can use Epubor Ultimate to convert kepub to Kindle support format.

3. After you converted your epub books to kindle format, transfer the converted files to Kindle. Then you can read your epub on Kindle. Follow this complete guide on how to send epub to Kindle.

Method 2. Jailbreak Kindle Paperwhite

Jailbreaking Kindle Paperwhite is more suitable to those people who don't want to use Kindle's restricted services. If you are the person who prefer to Android system rather than Kindle, you can try this solution.

You will take high risk to use this method. Please back up everything before jailbreaking your Kindle Paperwhite.

Step 1. Jailbreak Kindle

Firstly get your kindle Paperwhite OS version prepared, then install jailbreak file into kindle Paperwhite. Here is the detailed guide for you:

Step 2. Install epub reader on new Kindle Paperwhite

After successful jailbreaking, you need to install epub reader app to help you open epub books (it means you don't have to convert epub to mobi format).

KOReader--Originally created for usage on Kindle e-ink reader, started as Kindle PDF Viewer. But now it supports epub too. When you open an epub file, it will turn this format book to pdf layout. Please follow the KOReader user guide to know how to.

jailbreak kindle paperwhite to read epub with koreader

Method 3. Send ePub to Kindle Paperwhite Online

Amazon now allows us to directly send ePub format books to Kindle by web (Send to Kindle) .

Step 1. Go to Send to Kindle Online(make sure that you already logged into your Amazon account).

Step 2. Click on the yellow button "Select files from device" to upload an ePub file.

Step 3. Select an ePub and add to your library, send.

epub to kindle send

Step 4. Wait for the ePub file sent to Kindle.

Wait until the ePub has been sent across. Once it says “In Library”, you can pick up your kindle to sync and download the newly received file.

1. This method only works for drm free ePub files. If your downloaded ePub books are with drm, please remove ePub drm first.

2. It's likely that the sent ePub files will be with the format displaying issues on your Kindle device.


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

05/11/2015 03:42:26
Very helpful guide, thank you.
06/4/2015 05:54:53
Does it work all with the latest generation of Kindle Paperwhite?
06/10/2015 20:32:57
Yes it supports all generations of Kindle Paperwhite, and even the latest Kindle Voyage.
06/29/2015 00:16:12
It works brilliantly with calibre. Thanks a much. :D
06/30/2015 02:03:06
Good guide, well done. Just bought an Amazon Paper White and this will help me a lot :0)
11/4/2015 13:07:37
Another great site for sending your EPUB to your Kindle is www.sendepubtokindle.com. I've been using for a year now and it's definitely the easiest option I've found.
12/25/2015 12:29:38

sendepubtokindle service is helpful.

Good news is that, now epubor released a new product named Kindle Transfer,which helps transfer books between Kindle, Kobo and computer freely and easily.

11/6/2015 16:55:16
very helpful
12/29/2015 11:01:34
So - have followed all instructions, kindle paperwhite showed it being downloaded but now I can't find it on my list of books or find any way to open it.  What next?  Help needed very simple as not tech. savvy.  Thanks
12/29/2015 20:57:55


Can you tell me more details about your problem? Are you trying to jailbreak Kindle Paperwhite?


06/13/2016 10:03:16
Anyone know if the new Oasis can be jail broken?
06/14/2016 00:27:36
If the Kindle's firmware version is 5.6.5, then it can be jailbroken.
08/1/2016 02:29:11
After converting my epub files to mobi files with epubor for my Kindle Paperwhite, I cant use the dictionary function. I can use it with Kindle purchased books but not the convertef books. do you have any solutions?
08/15/2016 21:13:03
You can install DRM removal plugin to Calibre easily, and from there on all DRM is removed automatically  and mobi conversion possible.
09/1/2016 17:09:34
think you very much.
12/11/2016 18:05:45
I've just landed in this page. Luck me. Thanks for the intel. Very useful info.
12/16/2016 03:36:06

Hi I have converted books to MOBI on my PC, and then saved them in the library of my Kindle for PC App, but how do I actually get these books onto a kindle device? They don't appear in any other Kindle library, despite repeated attempts at syncing.

Many thanks!

03/23/2017 11:17:03
Just copy the mobi files from the converted output path and drag them to your Kindle "documents" folder. Find them by touching your Kindle device "Documents", not "Books".
09/4/2019 15:50:44
Great help! Thank you!
04/10/2022 05:17:24
Kindle Paperwhite just backings perusing books bought from Amazon Kindle store. Furthermore, these Kindle books are in their restrictive eBook designs, for example, kfx, mobi, azw3, azw, and so forth. <a href="https://mypcfile.com/converter/epub">Since</a> epub isn't Kindle upheld digital book design, it can't be distinguished in Kindle gadgets despite the fact that it has been moved to Kindle.
03/2/2023 02:20:00
Sorry, but this was no help at all. When I load Calibre and click "Convert books", I get a menu that makes no sense at all. I don't see an option to choose MOBI or any other format.
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