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How to Convert PDF to Kindle Format on Mac

2017-01-02 11:49:25 / Posted byRosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

Amazon's Kindle e-Reader does a great job of displaying eBooks, especially when PDF serves as the most popular format for eBooks. Though PDF format is supported since Kindle 2, only those Kindle-friendly PDFs can be formatted well and accurately on Kindle. For a great part of PDFs, to read PDF documents with large margins, multiple columns, and other formatting choices is not so attainable for Kindle.

What is Kindle Format?

The proprietary formats:Kindle devices are designed to use Amazon's own e-book formats: AZW, and, in fourth generation and later Kindles, AZW3, also called KF8.

Format supported by Kindle Device:
The first-generation Kindle supports MOBI, PRC,TXT, TPZ and Amazon's AZW format;
The Kindle 2, besides those formats supported by Kindle 1, also support native PDF,AAX and HTML files;
Later versions like 4th /5th / 7th Kindles, Touch, Paperwhite(1st,2nd, 3rd generations), Voyage and Oasis supports AZW, AZW3, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC. HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP are usable through conversion. The Keyboard and Touch also supports AA, AAX and MP3, the 7th Kindle and all Kindle Paperwhite versions, Voyage, Oasis can also read KFX files.

So, once you understand Kindle covers which formats, we are getting closer to read PDF on Kindle, or put it simply, just convert PDF to the most Kindle-friendly format, TXT, as the same way as Amazon and other PDF Converters do.

How to Convert PDF to Kindle Format on Mac?

There are many advices on enabling PDF to be read on Kindle, here I am going to introduce 3 methods that most Kindle users prefer to.

Method 1: Using Amazon

The Amazon Kindle is a series of e-readers designed and marketed by, it is no wonder why I put Amazon first. Actually, Kindle can read PDFs, but users can’t get text reflow. Anyway, you can email the PDF document to your kindle account, remember to write CONVERT in the subject line, and Amazon will convert it for you. 


It is indeed a sweet service by Amazon, however, it just let me down when talking about these points:

  1. It takes time, I once sent a few documents with just a few pages to Kindle account, the converted kindle format arrived a hour later;
  2. It does’t work for all PDFs, some just in a mess;
  3. It cannot convert scanned PDF to kindle format. If you are an office man who needs to regularly work on scanned PDF documents, it helps nothing.

Method 2: Using Cisdem PDFConverterOCR

Among so many PDF convertersCisdem PDFConverterOCR is one that stands out for intelligent file conversion while preserve the original quality of the document. As such, you can be sure that with this program, everything including graphics, tables, hyperlinks, etc. will be preserved. To add to these advantages, this app also has features to convert scanned PDF documents that Amazon has no way to.

Steps to convert PDF To Kindle on Mac

Step 1. Download, install and launch PDFConverterOCR

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To proceed, you’ll need to download and install PDFConverterOCR. Once you’ve started the program, drag and drop the PDF files that you would like to convert.

Step 2. Adjust Preferences

Choose all pages or page range as you like. Select the output format as Text. 

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Step 3. Click "Convert" to start the conversion

Click "Convert" to perform conversion and choose the output folder.

At times, you may be dealing with scanned documents. PDFConverterOCR features Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology which allows you to convert scanned PDF files even in batch. Moreover, this program recognizes more than 40 different languages so you don’t have to worry if the language isn’t in English.

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Free download the trial version and enjoy the fast converting right away!

Method 3: Using Online PDF to Kindle Converter

Step 1. Go to and upload your PDF.

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Step 2. Once your PDF is converted into AZW3, you can download the converted file.

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It is quite easy and work fast for small size PDFs. However, for large size PDFs, the uploading speed may drive you crazy. In addition, your PDF will be uploaded and saved by the converter, so, if your file is highly confidential, like your business contract or financial report, the converter is not recommended.

My Recommendation

According to my test on these 3 PDF to Kindle format converter, I highly recommend the Cisdem PDFConverterOCR, for its impressive speed and profession to enable you to read both native and scanned PDFs on Kindle, also for its versatility on converting PDFs to many other formats, like converting PDF to Word, Text, Excel, ePub, Keynote, etc.

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4 Responses

  • joels

    I used the PDFConverterOCR to convert 6 PDFs into Text, now I can even read the handwritten PDF on my ereader now, thanks.

    20 days ago REPLY
  • Loren

    Hey, thanks for the article.Really thank you! Want more.

    3 months ago REPLY
  • Carson

    I got a scanned PDF book with hundreds pages, it's troublesome to read it on my mac. I used the OCR tool to make it a epub format, and now i can read on my kindle at anytime.

    5 months ago REPLY
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