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How to Read Manga On Your Kindle

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This instructable will show you how to read your manga on your kindle!!!!

(This can also be done with comics)

What you need:

1) a program for kindle by Kovid Goyal
• Calibre   (it's free and you can download it here)

2) Manga files ( preferably in JPEG, PNG, or JPG)
• it doesn't matter whether they're  compressed or not

3) WinRAR, 7zip, or any other tool similar to these

4) a kindle (of course) with its usb cable
 
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Step 1: Making The Files Compatible For Calibre

Calibre is a program that can convert, import, or export books or files for your kindle. 
A regular folder full of picture is not considered to be a file that can be converted.

1) If you have a .RAR file, Extract the files. (If it is not compressed, skip to the next step)
• Right click, select your decompresser ( I use 7zip), then extract here

2) Open up your folder that is NOT compressed and highlight all the contents or just press Ctrl A
(should only be picture files)

3) Right click the highlighted files and select "send to", and then "Compressed (zipped) folder"

Now Calibre will consider it to be a readable file! 
KatTayle1 year ago
I am trying to download a manga collection from PirateBay, but the way it is named makes it hard to have all files in one folder without taking time to rename them so they go in order. Does it still work with folders? Ex: If I compressed folders a, b, and c, and the files in a start with z and the others don't, would the a files still be shown as first? Sorry if this is confusing.
Shizuzu KatTayle3 months ago

I had this same problem, and after some tinkering around at 2 AM I found a good solution.

I'm assuming the manga is similar to this situation:

There is a folder to each Volume and inside of each volume there are more folders to each chapter/ act.

To make each chapter/ act into one uniform folder that calibre can detect, Go to the folder with all the pictures, assuming those pictures are all for Chapter 1, press Ctrl+A and then right click on the first picture and click on rename. Then Type in V1C1 (Volume 1 Chapter 1) then press enter, Your files should be named V1C1 (1), V1C1 (2) and so on. Then move these files to the original Volume folder, then continue with this process with the next chapters (Chapter two would be V1C2), moving them to the original volume folder. Then highlighting all of your renamed files, put all of them into one compressed file (Probably naming it Volume 1). This way there are no pesky folders in the way, and the pages stay in the right order.

I really hope this was what you were looking for!

RIU (author)  KatTayle1 year ago
usually when you download manga, the files are already named so it will be easy to read in order, i don't recommend putting the files together because it will take a long time to rename the files as you said. i recommend you keeping the files in separate chapters and volumes, as this will make your life a whole lot easier
shaowei10 months ago
Hi, this is an incredible instructable. But I just found that most of the comics currently offered on the US Amazon is restricted only to certain devices. And as an owner of Mac and Kindle Touch (2011), I could buy/download the manga in the first place (ex: "Give My Regards to Black Jack" series). So would you please tell me how you downloaded the files to your PC?
RIU (author)  shaowei10 months ago
What do you mean by restricted? If you mean that you cannot access the files you bought, you can always sync them to your computer's kindle application and just access the files from there. (right-click kindle app in app folder and choose show package contents and then go to resources.) If you would like to know how to get manga files from elsewhere, email me at TheSneakyNarwhal@hotmail.com and i would be happy to send you some links!
jmonroe5 made it!2 months ago

Thank you SO MUCH!!!!!

now I just need to find the jpegs of everything i want -________-

but this tutorial is great, and it's not too different for us (we?) mac people

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kawaii_mom2 months ago

I WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!! and it was the whole reason I got a Kindle... but I'm picky so i have to bring something up. I noticed that the cover fills the screen from top to bottom yet every page in the book following has a small margin at the bottom and it squishes the rest of the page. is there any way to get rid of that margin? I was thinking it had something to do with the file size but the cover is just fine and dandy. THANKS!

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Caskett3 months ago

Despite wasting literally hours, I can not get this method to work. First I was getting errors because apparently sub-folders aren't allowed. After I found this out, it doesn't matter how i name the files it REFUSES to put them in the right order. I tried CH01 (1...) for all chapter 1 files, then CH02 (1...) for chapter 2, etc. When that wouldn't work, I tried naming them all the same and let windows auto number them. However, despite them being in the right order on Windows, they still have no real pattern on the device. Unless I create 81 seperate e-books or manually name each picture as 000001, 000002; then I can't get this method to work. Probably spent more time working on getting this to work then it I would have spent reading them...

Buky927 months ago
So I have a lot of One Piece I'm trying to making to to one book but after I compress it all and go to change it into a book I always get an error and I don't know why. Does all the files have to be the same? ie All jpeg or all png not a mix of the two?
Camilaferno11 months ago
Hello! Can you do a tutorial for mac please. I already downloaded Calibre but I don't know what to do next...
RIU (author)  Camilaferno11 months ago
All the same instructions apply but you might have to use a different program from the app store program to compress your files to a zip folder. Everything else should be the same. If you have any more trouble after trying, leave a message and i will test it on my own mac. Should it differ, i might consider making an ible for the mac.
KatTayle1 year ago
I decided to test that out with another manga, which was formatted like this: http://i.imgur.com/DOB9H1F.png. This one worked normally, but when I tried it with the other manga, formatted like this: http://i.imgur.com/DOB9H1F.png, it skips from 1(1) to 1(10), and then all over the place. (Sorry, the upload files button and the reply comment button aren't working for me right now :/)
RIU (author)  KatTayle1 year ago
the links you sent me are the same :P. Yeah, i've also noticed that copies are often read wrong. Try not to put files together that have the same name, otherwise your computer will think that they are same and one of them is just a copy. This causes renaming ie("page1.png", "page1(1).png", "page2.png", "page(2).png") You either have to keep the files separately, or if you're lucky, there might be a software out there that renames your files (in detail).
(btw - good choice in manga, Black Cat is one of my favs)
I've never been so happy (T^T) lol jk. Haven't used my Kindle in a while but now I won't go anywhere without it. Thanks for the ible.
ChrysN2 years ago
Cool that is good to know, thanks for posting!