So I'm a big believer in my Kindle, I love the thing and I think e-ink readers are the future. I read a lot, I like the feel of paper, but the convenience of having 200 books with me on a slim light device is unbeatable.
I also write on here and produce content, and keeping abreast of the various formats that can be published in is a bit of headache. But Alfred Pang does a great job explaining the current formats and tools to convert between them here - http://alfredpang.com/2010/11/minimalist-workday-in-epub-and-kindle-format/ -
What are all the formats for?
E-books can come in many different formats. ePub, Kindle (MOBI), text, HTML, PDF, Word documents, etc.
Independently produced ebooks (such as Minimalist Workday) usually comes as PDFs. The advantage is that PDFs print out onto paper very well and the exact formatting of the document will not change.
However, eReaders such as the Kindle is really designed to render flowing text, rather than images (which PDFs really are). The reading experience of PDFs on the Kindle is really dismal, but passable if there are no alternatives. A properly formatted Kindle book provides for a much better reading experience.
The rest of the post has details on what software he used, and samples of a work he converted to two formats. Useful stuff, I'd recommend you check out that entry if you're a Kindle user or publisher of any kind of written content.
Here is a free ebook tool for you.
You can easily convert your ebook from epub to pdf,epub to mobi, epub to kindle, etc.
Free Online Converter / EPUB Converter
It provides you with the best mobi to epub converting experience.
I just got a Kindle yesterday and being a big fan of free (as in libre, or liberty) software and knowledge I find Calibre the key to enjoying this device. I love to read and the kindle makes it possible for me to read anywhere, any time. Calibre makes it easy for me to convert PDF files (without Digital Restrictions Management) to the MOBI format easily and quickly. That makes reading them on the Kindle (3) a pleasure and Calibre also helps me manage my library. Calibre is provided under the GPL v3 license which means that the source code is available to me in case there is something I wish to enhance or change.
I'm reading Casanova's Memoirs right now. I thought this was really insightful -
The theory of morals and its usefulness through the life of man can be compared to the advantage derived by running over the index of a book before reading it when we have perused that index we know nothing but the subject of the work. This is like the school for morals offered by the sermons, the precepts, and the tales which our instructors recite for our especial benefit. We lend our whole attention to those lessons, but when an opportunity offers of profiting by the advice thus bestowed upon us, we feel inclined to ascertain for ourselves whether the result will turn out as predicted; we give way to that very natural inclination, and punishment speedily follows with concomitant repentance. Our only consolation lies in the fact that in such moments we are conscious of our own knowledge, and consider ourselves as having earned the right to instruct others; but those to whom we wish to impart our experience act exactly as we have acted before them, and, as a matter of course, the world remains in statu quo, or grows worse and worse.
Casanova likens learning morals before getting real world experience to reading the index of a book before the book itself. You get an idea of what's going to be in the book, but you don't really "get it."
It's kind of subtle, but I laughed a lot at him saying everyone feels the need to against what they were taught, have things go badly because of their choice, but then they feel consoled that they can now teach others. Hilarious stuff.
I'm enjoying Casanova's Memoirs. Interesting book. It's out of copyright, and thus free at Gutenberg.org - here's the first section in plain text - http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/2951/pg2951.txt
There are three items I own which I'll always upgrade when a significant upgrade exists: my computer, my camera, and my Kindle. Yesterday I got my new Kindle, the fourth generation one that was just released. Before I talk about this specific Kindle, I want to address some general points about the Kindle.
Some people balk at the $189 price tag of the newest 3G Kindle (which is the only one to buy, by the way). It's expensive, but only if you consider it a drop in replacement for books. I consider it $200 to ensure that I read at least 10X more than I used to.