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Kindle e-book formats
Amazon's Kindle readers support a variety of e-book formats, including MOBI, AZW, KF8/AZW3 and PRC. MOBI came from Mobipocket, which Amazon acquired in 2005, and files may use the MOBI or PRC extension. MOBI is also widely used without copy protection in online libraries where free e-books are available. AZW is a copy-protected version of MOBI, and both AZW and MOBI are Amazon proprietary formats.
The latest and most advanced format is KF8 (Kindle Fire 8), also known as AZW3. KF8 supports HTML5 and CSS3, which are Web standards that provide advanced font and layout formatting.
Third-party software such as Calibre, pronounced "Cal-ih-bur" (www.calibre-ebook.com), is used to convert EPUB and other e-book formats to Kindle formats. See Kindle.
(1) For Kindle Android tablets, see Kindle Fire.
(2) An e-book system from Amazon.com that includes a family of portable e-readers and a vast library of e-books. Introduced in 2007 with 88,000 titles and more than a hundred best sellers, the Kindle has defined the e-book industry. Kindle devices have become thinner, lighter and brighter, and the book selection continually increases (more than one million by 2015). Titles are searched and purchased on the Kindle and immediately downloaded via Amazon's WhisperNet via Wi-Fi or cellular, depending on model and geographic area. Newspapers and magazines are sent overnight for morning reading.
Featuring models with 6" and 10" screens, Web access and music playback on earlier models was later dropped (all of which are available on Kindle Fire tablets). The Kindle's monochrome E Ink display enables the battery to last up to a month. See Kindle Fire and E Ink.
Users are assigned a kindle.com email address, which lets them email Amazon their own Word, PDF, text and image files as attachments for downloading to their Kindles. PRC and MOBI files can also be sent to the device (see Kindle e-book formats).
Whispersync for Other Devices
In 2009 and 2010, Amazon introduced Kindle apps for the PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, and the Kindle Whispersync service synchronizes all of them. Pages are automatically bookmarked, and users pick up in one device where they last stopped in the other. See e-book and Mobipocket.
Third Generation Kindle
The Kindle Paperwhite
At the Beach
Before/After Your Search Term
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|kilohertz||Kindle Fire HDX|
|KIN ONE||Kindle Paperwhite|
|KIN TWO||Kindle reader|
|Kindle 1||Kinect for Windows|
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