Without going into the paper vs. digital debate, the truth is that Kindle devices are the preferred ones when it comes to reading e-books. Their weight, comfort and protection of eyes from other types of screens make them an ideal choice for lovers of reading.
By offering us a black and white experience, one might come to think that it is not suitable for reading comics or graphic novels. Today we are going to prove the opposite by looking at various ways to convert, create and send comics to your Kindle.
To begin with, we must know that the Kindle they don’t read all kinds of formats, so we will have to create or convert our comics so that they are compatible with our device.
These are the supported formats with the Kindle:
- Kindle Format 8 (AZW3)
- Kindle (AZW)
- Unprotected MOBI
- PRC in its original format
Kindle Comic Creator
This free tool has been developed by Amazon, so it is one of the best ways to create and convert comics to a format compatible with your Kindle. You can download it from this website and it is available for Windows and macOS.
The good thing about this application is that, unlike the others, it allows us to create our own comics, adding all the pages we want and defining where the bullets are. It is ideal if we have a digital or scanned work, being able to easily import it to a Kindle.
To begin with, we must know that will only read separate images, and it is not used to directly transform .CBR, .CBZ or .PDZ files. Once we have opened the application, it will ask us if we want to create a new comic or update an existing one.
In the next window he leaves us edit panel selection, specifying the language, the orientation, if it is read from left to right or vice versa. When we move forward we can add the metadata of the comic (title, author) and the cover.
Once we get to the creation screen, we will simply have to click on “add page” and select all images. When imported, I recommend clicking Tools> Comics> Detect Kindle Panels on All Pages.
In this way, we will get the application detect which are the bullets on each page, to be able to navigate more comfortably through them on the Kindle. In the tests I have done, it works really well.
If we had a .CBZ or .CBR file on our computer, we could unzip it with a Winrar-type program, and then import all the images separately.
We have the option of preview how the comic will look before exporting it to our Kindle. When we are satisfied, simply click on File> Export as KF8 book. Then we will only have to connect the Kindle and send it to the main memory.
Kindle Comic Converter
If we don’t want to create it and we have a digital comic on our computer that we want to read on the Kindle, Kindle Comic Converter will help us. The good news is that it is free and available for Windows, macOS and Linux.
Once we have installed it, when we open it we will have the possibility to specify which eBook model we have and add the file that we want to convert. It gives us three output formats: MOBI / AZW3, ePub and CBZ. In the case of the Kindle, we are going to choose the first option.
First of all, it will ask us to install KindleGen in order to carry out the conversions. Once we have done it, we will simply have to drag the file and click on “Convert”. I recommend checking the “stretch / upscale” option beforehand so that it adapts to the size of our screen.
It is a fast and convenient option But, unlike Kindle Comic Creator, it won’t be able to identify the bullets, something that I think is very useful when reading comics.
Caliber is an old acquaintance when it comes to keep a library of digital books at bay. It allows us to import comics, edit and download metadata, convert them and send them with a couple of clicks.
Once we have dragged the comic to Caliber, it is best to connect the Kindle to the computer, since normally these types of files exceed the 25MB limit that Amazon has set when it comes to sending books by email.
Best of all, Caliber identify the best format for the eBook you have connected, so when you right click and send to your Kindle’s main memory, the application will ask you if you want to convert it.
Thanks to these three applications we can create or convert the comics that we have in order to read them on our Kindle. Although it is a bit more tedious, perhaps Kindle Comic Creator is the one that offers the best results.
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