Kindle supported formats: A guide for the perplexed!
To get the most from your shiny new Kindle, you're going to have to know what the Kindle supported formats are. Well, wonder no longer! Kindle supported formats are the AZW, TXT, PDF, AA, AAX MP3, unprotected MOBI, and PRC. Let's have look at each of these in detail.
AZW is Amazon's proprietary ebook filetype. It's based on the MOBI filetype, but comes with DRM to make life difficult for ebook pirates. Because the Kindle downloads these types of files in the background using it's whispernet technology, you should never have to deal with these directly.
These are simple text files, the sort that you'd open with a text editor on your computer. The fact that the Kindle supports this is actually handier than it may first appear, as this is the dominant file-type used by the Gutenburg Project (http://www.gutenberg.org/). Gutenburg offers over 100,000 out of copyright books for free download, so you can see why TXT support for Kindle is so vital!
PDF is a priopary file format owned by Adobe and primarily used by Acrobat Reader. PDF is the standard for most businesses and other institutions for publishing digital documents
AA/AAX is a proprietary audio file format used by Audible (www.audible.com), the internet's leading providers of audiobooks. If you buy a audiobook from the Kindle store, it'll likely be in this format.
You probably already know what MP3's are, but just in case you don't, MP3 are the most common audio filetypes in the world. If you've ever bought music online (not itunes!), chances are you downloaded MP3 files.
Mobi and PRC are file formats formerally owned by Mobipocket, a company that produced ebook reading software that was acquired by Amazon in 2005. Since the Kindle does not support the ePub format, you're going to have convert all your ePub books into the mobi filetype if you want to read them on your Kindle.
The Kindle can also carry common file types such as HTML,(Webpages) DOC,(Word) JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP (Pictures) but they must first be converted through Amazon for a small fee