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Shashi

Not all all. Since a lot of material (like PDFs etc) are/may not be available on Amazon ideally you should be able to download it from anywhere and push them to Kindle. Inability to do that is the limit. Else there is nothing stopping you from buying content directly from Amazon.

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rhymes

Even with Calibre?

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skrish2017 profile image
Shashi

As I said, i think the Kindle version matters. When I tried to push content from Calibre to my wife's Kindle Fire it wouldn't allow it. Gave us lock errors. We tried several hacks but didn't work.

Calibre works for my first version PaperWhite no problem.

Wonder if this has changed.

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rhymes

I have a Kindle pre-PaperWhite and I'm going to hold on to it then ahahahah

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skrish2017 profile image
Shashi

hahaha. Yep! :)

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jess unrein

I have a paperwhite - I think it's maybe a year and a half old - and you can send pdfs and independently acquired .mobi files as "documents" that get sent to your Kindle via email. They don't whispersync, but other than that they work fine on my device. I think you can also drag and drop files to your kindle if it's plugged into your computer via usb.

.ebub files need to be converted to .mobi or .pdf to work. Calibre makes that pretty easy though.

I've never used a Kindle Fire, but I haven't heard many good things about them. It's a poor example of both a tablet and an ereader because it's trying to do too many things.

Definitely recommend the paperwhite, though. It's maybe one of my favorite things that I own, especially since my local public library has a great ebook selection.