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Transferring, Downloading, and Sending Files to Kindle
You can access items stored in your Kindle Library in the Amazon Cloud to your Kindle directly through your device, or by transferring the content via a USB cable. Using the Kindle Personal Documents Service, you can also send your personal documents to your Kindle device, supported Kindle reading applications, and your Kindle Library through the Send to Kindle application or your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address.
Downloading Archived Items on Your Kindle
Your Kindle displays the items you've already downloaded to your device on the Home screen. If you have additional items stored in your Kindle Library that aren't displayed, you can download them through Archived Items if your Kindle is connected wirelessly.
To download Archived Items on your Kindle:
Downloading Archived Items Wirelessly
If you are unable to connect your Kindle to a Wi-Fi network, you can still access items in your Kindle Library by downloading them to your computer and transferring them via USB cable to your Kindle. If you need assistance configuring your Wi-Fi network, visit the Connecting Your Kindle Wirelessly Help page.
Transferring Content to Your Kindle via USB
Both Macintosh and Windows users can download and transfer content from a computer to a Kindle device through a USB cable. When your Kindle is plugged into your computer, it will appear as a removable mass-storage device.
Video: Transferring Kindle Content Via USB
Watch this video to learn how transfer content to your Kindle via USB cable.
Downloading content from your Kindle Library to your computer
If you have already purchased the book, magazine or newspaper you wish to transfer to your Kindle via USB, visit Manage Your Kindle and locate the item you want to download from the "All Items" section. Filter your view for or search your library to quickly find an item.
Content purchased from the Kindle Store can be downloaded to your Kindle, or Kindle compatible device, as long as you've registered the device to the Amazon account that purchased the Kindle content. There is no limit on the number of times a title can be downloaded to a registered device, but there may be limits on the number of devices (usually 6) that can simultaneously use a single book.
If you haven't yet purchased the item, you can choose "Transfer via Computer" when purchasing it from the Kindle Store, then click "Buy now with 1-Click."
If you have more than one Kindle device registered to the account, you will see a pop-up window asking you to choose a device. If you do not select the correct Kindle device, you will be unable to open the content on that device.
Connecting your Kindle device to your computer
When connected to your computer, your Kindle device will go into USB drive mode and its battery will be recharged by the computer. Your wireless service is temporarily shut off and you will not receive any of your subscriptions while in this mode. Also, your Kindle device is not usable as a reading device while you are in USB drive mode, but will return right to where you were once you safely eject the Kindle device from your computer.
Transferring content to your Kindle device
Remember, your Kindle device will only recognize the files you've transferred if:
Kindle Personal Documents Service
With Kindle Personal Documents Service, you can send your personal documents to your registered Kindle devices, supported Kindle reading applications, and your Kindle Library in the Amazon Cloud through the Send to Kindle application or your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address.
Your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address is a unique e-mail address assigned to your Kindle device or supported Kindle reading application upon registration. You and your approved contacts can send personal documents to your registered Kindle devices, supported Kindle reading applications, and your Kindle Library in the Amazon Cloud by e-mailing them to your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address ([name]@kindle.com).
Send to Kindle for PC and Send to Kindle for Mac are free applications that let you easily send your personal documents to your registered Kindle devices, supported Kindle reading applications, and your Kindle Library from your computer.
Detailed information on Kindle Personal Documents Service is available on our Kindle Personal Documents Service help page.
Finding the Send-to-Kindle e-mail address on your Kindle
When you register your Kindle, you'll automatically be assigned a Send-to-Kindle e-mail address. You can find this address from your Kindle's Settings screen:
Learn more about modifying your Send-to-Kindle E-mail address on Manage Your Kindle.
Kindle Personal Documents Service Fees
Kindle Personal Documents Service doesn't charge fees for delivery of personal documents to Kindle devices over Wi-Fi -- the wireless connection method your Kindle uses -- or to supported Kindle reading applications. At this time, the only Kindle reading applications supported by Send to Kindle for PC are the Kindle for Android App (running app version 3.5 or greater) and the Kindle App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Learn more about fees for the Kindle Personal Documents Service using Whispernet, the wireless connection method used on some Kindle models.
Supported File Types
You can purchase and wirelessly download Kindle books, newspapers, magazines and blogs from the Kindle Store as well as download and read other types of non-DRM (Digital Rights Management) text-based content on your Kindle. Here's a list of file types recognized by Kindle:
Mobipocket files that have Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection applied are unable to read on your Kindle. If you purchased a Mobipocket file from a Mobipocket retailer, you will not be able to open the file on your Kindle.
EPUB eBooks are not supported on your Kindle.
You can add any of the above file types to your Kindle without using the Kindle Personal Documents Service to convert those files to a compatible type. If it is not listed above, conversion would be necessary to read the file on your Kindle.
Built-in Adobe PDF Reader for Kindle
Your Kindle displays PDF documents natively with built in Adobe PDF reader allowing you to view the PDF without losing any of the original formatting. You can zoom in on PDFs by using the 5-way controller and pressing down when a + symbol appears over the magnifying icon. You can also magnify PDFs by viewing them in landscape mode.
To zoom on a PDF document:
When zoomed in, you'll see scroll bars appear at the edges of the page that indicate what section you're viewing. Use the 5-way controller to move across the page and view different sections. To return to the previous view, press the Text key and select "fit-to-screen."
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