I wasn’t aware that Amazon was transitioning away from the MOBI format on its Kindle eBook readers, but now it’s making another change too: it will finally allow customers to send EPUB content to their Kindles too.
“Starting August 2022, you’ll no longer be able to send MOBI (.mobi, .azw) files to your library,” an Amazon email to Kindle users notes. “Any MOBI files already in your Kindle library will not be affected by this change.”
According to Amazon, MOBI is an older file format and it doesn’t support new Kindle features for documents. So anyone who sent MOBI files to their Kindle using the Send to Kindle service will eventually need to resend them in a different, compatible format.
Among those compatible formats, suddenly, is EPUB, so you can now send EPUB files to your Kindle for the first time using your Send to Kindle email address. Amazon will soon add native support for EPUB to the free Kindle app for iOS and Android devices and the Send to Kindle desktop app for PC and Mac.
I’m curious if this means that EPUB will become the default file format on Kindle now. My understanding is that the MOBI-based AZW format is currently the default format.