Ask Lifehacker: Can I Read PDFs Using Kindle For Android?

Dear Lifehacker, I love using the Kindle app on my Android phone, and I want to be able to convert PDFs and read them in the Kindle app. Do you know of any way that this can be done? I’ve seen many websites detailing instructions on converting PDFs for the Kindle device, but not the Kindle app. Any ideas? Thanks, Stuart

Dear Stuart,

While Kindle’s Android reader is pretty well-regarded, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious way to solve this particular problem in exactly the way you want. Owners of the Kindle device can access PDF files via email, but that doesn’t seem to be an option for Kindle app users. (We’re not armed with an Android phone right now, so if any readers know differently, do tell us in the comments.)

That said, there’s no shortage of ways to deal with PDFs on the Android platform. Adobe’s own PDF reader does a pretty decent job, and if you don’t mind spending a little on an app, RepliGoReader is highly regarded amongst the Lifehacker crew. We’ve detailed before how you can convert PDF files into ePub format for use on a wider range of readers, and if conversion seems like a hassle, Google itself offers a wide range of books in Android-friendly format.


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