Step-by-step guide: How to download and install Amazon's KindleGen software

In order to generate Mobipocket and Kindle eBooks, you must first download and install Amazon’s KindleGen software. This free compiler is available from Amazon’s web-site and allows you to generate eBooks compatible with the Amazon Kindle eReader.

Access the option dialog

Step 1 - Download the installer

In HelpNDoc, click File then select Options.

Access the download page

This displays the ‘HelpNDoc Options’ window.

Click Download to the right of the ‘Amazon KindleGen’ path to download the installation software from Amazon’s web-site.

Alternatively, it can be downloaded from http://www.amazon.com/kindleformat/KindleGen

Download the Amazon KindleGen software

This displays a web page that permits you to select the version of Amazon KindleGen software that you’d like to download.

After you review the ‘terms of use,’ click the box to the left.

This activates the download buttons. Click the download button next to the Windows version.

This will download the kindlegen.zip software.


Extract the Amazon KindleGen archive

Step 2 - Unzip the compiler

Using your favorite compression software, unzip the newly downloaded KindleGen to a location of your choice.


Setup the Amazon KindleGen path

Step 3 - Complete the setup

Return to the ‘HelpNDoc Options’ window.

Confirm that the path to the compiler you defined (above) is displayed.

If the path is not accurately displayed, click the button on the far right to navigate to it.

Warning: Make sure the path ends with kindlegen.exe as any other file will cause the generation process to fail.

Click OK.


The Amazon KindleGen software is required in order to generate Kindle compatible eBooks. It is free and easy to download and setup in HelpNDoc.