How To Transfer Chinese eBooks To Kindle

Special thanks to Oliver Tu for this tip!

On transferring Chinese ebooks to Kindle

1) Get free Chinese ebooks from sites such as www.haodoo.net (traditional characters).

2)  Pick a book and download the text with epub extension.

3)  Convert the text with calibre-ebook.com to MOBI file (readable by Kindle).

4)  Download the converted file to the computer.

5) Connect the Kindle to computer and then copy file to the “Document” folder.

Whoo! It should show up in Kindle and the font is perfectly scalable!

 

Yet More Chinese Bookstores

Here are yet more online Chinese bookstores:

SageBooks (思展) – Provides proprietary literacy materials for young readers. Explores the philosophy, history, art, geographic nature and many other interesting facets of China.
Site Language: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Physical Locations: Hong Kong
Products: Proprietary learning materials, children’s books (learning Chinese and stories), multimedia, ebooks, free learning resources
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, English, pinyin

Yahoo Online Auction Store – While technically not a bookstore, you can get books this way. This is the Taiwan-based site and you can occasionally find books or other educational materials here. It is an online auction and in a foreign currency, though!
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical Locations: No
Products: anything – but you can search for books, etc.
Product Languages: Traditional

Jiang Sheng Educational Co., Ltd (劍聲幼教事業機構) – Mostly an Educational company, they provide a lot of classroom materials and some Chinese Montessori items
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical Locations: No
Products: classroom materials, Chinese Montessori learning materials
Product Languages: Traditional

Wink to Learn – Provide early learning flash cards, DVDs, and streaming videos in multiple languages
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No
Products: Flash cards, DVDs, streaming videos
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, English, Arabic, other Asian and European languages

XinYi (信誼) – Children’s bookstore, toys, and learning materials. I’ve personally visited this store and it’s a nice, cozy shop with helpful staff. There are a ton of learning materials, books, toys, DVDs, and even electronic readers that teach zhuyin and sight words. There are several areas where kids can play, including a tiny, adjacent playground.
Site Language: Traditional
Physical Locations: Taipei
Products: Children’s books, toys, learning materials, CDs, DVDs
Product Languages: Traditional, English, zhuyin

How To Get Simplified Chinese eBooks From China

A tip from a Mandarin Immersion school parent (taken originally from the Raising bilingual children in Chinese & English Facebook group) on how to purchase simplified Chinese ebooks from China using your US KINDLE or Kindle app. These may not be all the steps but should get you started.

Chinese Kindle books cost about ¥ 2-6 (US $ 0.50 – $1.00) so the appeal is obvious. If you currently have a US Kindle account on your iPad or tablet, you will need to:

  1. Deregister: delete current Kindle books loaded in the device under US account.
  2. Re-register US account. You will need to redo all book downloads.
  3. Create new China Kindle account by going to www.amazon.cn
    • Click English if you like
    • Click on account, create an account, enter email address and password
    • Click on payment option for entering credit card or enter in Kindle gift card code
    • Enter your billing address, be sure to click on international
  4. Purchase Kindle gift card
    • Buy gift cards: eliminate foreign transaction fees
    • No limit of 6 books in 24 hrs in the case of credit card
  5. Pick reading code: AA, AB, AN, ending N is non-fiction or classic reading
    • Be sure it says [Kindle 电子书]
  6. Download dictionary: hold down one character, then it will ask for dictionary to download, select language, Chi-Chi, Chi-Eng

Hope that helps! Thanks again to the original parent and to the Facebook group!