Converting a PDF file to a Kindle for iPhone readable version.

Posted by TacieJ on January 30, 2011 in technology, tips and tricks |

A girlfriend gave me a copy of her book in a PDF format and I wanted to put it in my Kindle for iPhone so I could take it with me. I looked around on the next and got part here, part there, and a lot of bad info along the way. Once I finally figured it out, it is so easy. It took me most of a day to research it, but once I realized how to do it I had a total “D’oh!!!” moment.  So since I couldn’t find the exact directions anywhere else … I’m making my own.  Follow the pink arrows on the pictures (which you can click on to make bigger).  They will show you where to go.

What you need.
1. PDF you want to convert into an Kindle for iPhone readable format.
2. Mobipocket Creator software (free download at http://www.mobipocket.com/en/DownloadSoft/DownloadCreator.asp).

1. You have a PC with iTunes installed.
2. You have Kindle for iPhone installed.
3. You know how to save files in directories and then find them again later.
4. You know how to find & open programs.
5. You can be a little patient. (This is VERY hard for me sometimes.)

What you do.
Make sure you are synced up with iTunes.  This is only just in case you have a problem you are all backed up (this is just the IT coming out).

Keep your iPhone connected to your PC.

Install Mobipocket Creator.  You must have the Creator.

Start Mobipocket Creator.  Open your PDF by clicking the “Adobe PDF” link under the “Import From Existing File” menu on the home page (see the pink arrow on the image below).

Click the “Browse” button and click on your file name and click “Open”.


Then click “Import”.  The status bar will show you your import.

Click the “Build” button along the top row.

Pause a moment.  If you are feeling adventurous, explore the options on the right hand side (Cover Image, Table of Contents, Book settings, Metadata, Guide).  I’m not going into them here, but would be happy to answer any questions.

Click the “Build” button.

You are now ready to import your file into you Kindle for iPhone.

Open iTunes
Click on your iPhone (mine is called iPhone but yours may have another name) on the left hand menu bar.
Click on “Apps” at the top. 

Scroll down.

Click on Kindle

Click on the “Add…” button.

Find your newly created “prc” file.  It should be in “My Documents” “My Publications” and then look for a subdirectory with the name of the PDF file. In this case the subdirectory is  “Love Unscripted”.
Click on the file name with the “prc” extension. Then click the “Open” button.

Your file will appear in the list box and your iPhone will automatically sync.

The next time you open your Kindle for iPhone an additional file (a “mbp” file) will be added to the list box.

DO NOT DELETE THESE FILES! If you delete them they will be removed from your Kindle as well and you will have to do this whole thing all over again.


You now have your converted PDF in you Kindle for iPhone.

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