The One Trick Every Kindle Owner Must Know

April 14, 2016 Uncategorized 14

Kindle trick

I love my kindle! Seriously, I take it with me everywhere, and I recently discovered the answer to the one thing that annoys me to no end about my kindle. I do not feel like I am exaggerating at all when I say this simple trick is kindle life changing! Especially for book bloggers.

There is not much that I don’t love about my kindle. I could go on for days about why I think it is the best thing ever. But I really don’t like the way my kindle works with PDFs.

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They never load right. While I can email them to my kindle address no problem, when I go to read the book the font is crazy tiny! And you can’t adjust it like you can a mobi/prc version of the book.

Take a look at how small the freakin’ font is. I mean, I have good eyesight but this would give even me a headache!


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So if you have a PDF before I learned about this awesome trick, I have only 2 options.

  1. Read the tiny tiny font, and get more and more frustrated with each page. Not something any author, publisher or tour company wants for a blogger reading and reviewing their book.


2. Convert the book to mobi format. (if you are looking for a good converter, I suggest Calibre by the way.) It works great when converting epub to mobi or some other format to mobi, but for some reason PDF only works about half the time for me. For the other half of the time it inverts the lines. So I will be reading the book out of order. Here’s an example: (you can immediately see how annoying this would be)

Original Text:

  1. xoxoxoxoxoxooxoxox
  2. ytytytytytytytytytyt
  3. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoox
  4. ytytytytytytytytytyt

Converted text:

  1. xoxoxoxoxoxoxooxo

3. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

2. ytytytytytytytyt

4. ytytytytytytyty


If you want to be able to read PDFs easily and with no hassle of converting the book with a third party software simply follow this one simple trick.

When you go to email your kindle email address the PDF, put the word CONVERT in the subject line.

That’s it! The book will be automatically converted into kindle friendly mobi format. And you will never again have to strain your eyes reading tiny PDF font.

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What other kindle tips and tricks do you have? I would love to know! Let me know in the comments below.

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14 Responses to “The One Trick Every Kindle Owner Must Know”

    • Michelle @ Book Briefs

      Jeann you have no idea how happy I was when I found out. PDFs are the bane of my kindle existence. To the point where I get so frustrated with them that I start to take it out on the book, which I never want to happen.

  1. Kara Lauren

    I love this trick! I wish I could read the Adobe Edition Arc’s I get on kindle though, they are pretty small, and when I enlarge I have to then zoom out to turn the page.

    • Michelle @ Book Briefs

      I think Adorbe edition ARCs are PDF so as long as you have the pdf (like you downloaded it or a publisher/author emails it to you for review) this should work. When you email the Adobe ARC to your kindle email address, just put the word convert in the subject line 😉

  2. Tammy V

    OMG – that is so simple! I use Calibre too but sometimes I’m just near my laptop for converting. thanks for the tip!

  3. Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads

    This is wonderful! I had no idea. I actually cringe every time I get a PDF ARC because I know I’m in for a REALLY bad reading experience (that has nothing to do with the book itself). Once it’s converted like this, can you highlight passages too? Because that’s the other thing that DRIVES ME INSANE. I actually have two other apps on my iPad for reading PDF ARCs because I hate the way the Kindle app handles them natively. Maybe not any more though!

    • Michelle @ Book Briefs

      You know, I am not sure about the highlighting. I will have to check that out when I get home today. I was just so excited and I tried it and it actually worked that I didn’t explore too much else haha

      But I am like you, I dread reading the book because I know I will get annoyed with the tiny font. I don’t want it to affect my opinion of the actual story but it is hard when you start off in a bad mood.

      Thanks so much for stopping by Kim and happy PDF reading 😉

  4. Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    It’s that easy?!!! Oh my gosh!!! I need to try this for sure! I’m still in shock over how easy that is… I usually convert the book. That’s like.. The obvious solution right? But wow! Definitely trying it 🙂 Thank you!

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