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I don't believe the Kindle will recognize an ODT file. It will recognize PDF files, but a letter-sized PDF document will display extremely small on the Kindle.

I have found a couple different ways of transferring my LibreWriter files to my $79 Kindle.

1. Save the file as a PDF. Before doing so, I set my page size to 20 picas (3.3 inches) wide by 27 picas (4.5 inches) high and page margins at 2 picas (.3 inches) all around. I also set my typeface to about 10 points. This gives me a page size that displays very nicely on the Kindle without having to zoom and scroll to read the whole page. The advantage to this method is that all formatting (fonts, indents, spacing, etc.) is preserved. The disadvantage is that I lose the ability to change the font size on the Kindle without having to scroll the page right to left.

2. Option two is to save the document as an HTML file. I do this in Writer with the "File/Save As" menu rather than the "File/Send" menu as it works better. I then convert the HTML file to a MOBI file using Amazon's Kindlegen utility. It's available at It's a command-line utility (takes me back to my DOS days) that converts HTML files to Amazon "MOBI" format. It works very well. I've used it to convert Writer files with tables of contents and the table is preserved as hyperlinks in the resulting Kindle file. Character formatting (Bold, Italics) is preserved and page formatting is controlled by the Kindle, so no need to scroll horizontally to read a line of text. There is a GUI version called MobiPocket Creator at Personally, I prefer the command line Kindlegen, which is on Version 2.

Hope this helps.


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Subject: [libreoffice-users] OT- Kindle usage and documents?

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The following questions pertain to the Kindle that Amazon is selling for
$79 and not any other version of the Kindle.

If I copy a Writer (odt) or PDF file to Kindle will it recognize it and
will it be "readable"? Or, will it be readable but with no formatting
preserved from Writer or a PDF exported from Writer?

Or, must the document be reformatted to a certain page width before
importing it to a Kindle?

Are hyperlinks preserved when copying an odt or PDF to a Kindle?

Please don't reply unless you have first-hand experience in doing any of
the above.

Thanks for the help.
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