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Transfer Books to Kindle, Kindle Fire and Kindle App

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Kindle PaperwhitePeople can read Amazon Kindle books on Kindle eReaders, Kindle Fire tablets as well as other smart devices with Kindle apps installed. Generally, once a device is registered to an Amazon account, all Kindle books under that account will be synced automatically with Internet connected.

However, if we want to read non-Amazon books on Kindle or purchased Kindle books do not show on the device due to a connection problem, we will have to transfer books from computer to Kindle manually. This guide will tell you how to transfer books to Kindle, Kindle Fire (HD), Kindle Paparwhite, Kindle for Android/iPad app from PC or Mac.

Importantce: If you were a Kindle e-ink device owner (such as Kindle Paperwhite), here I strongly recommend you directly read this part.

Step 1: Make sure your personal books are MOBI format.

Amazon Kindle does not support EPUB books, but supports MOBI (DRM-free) and PDF formats. I personally prefer MOBI to PDF because the former is more flexible and better for reading.

Books downloaded from torrent sites are often EPUB or PDF. If you want to transfer these books to Kindle for reading, you will have to convert them to Kindle supported MOBI or PDF. Follow this guide to convert EPUB books to MOBI with free Calibre. Remember to set the output format to MOBI.

If you want to transfer eBooks purchased from Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony or other stores to Kindle, things will be a little tough. These books are typically DRM protected so we can't directly convert the formats. Instead, we have to strip the DRM restrictions first. DRM-protected PDF books also have to be decrypted because Kindle only supports DRM-free PDF.

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After the decryption, you can use free Calibre to convert the books to Kindle MOBI.

Step 2: Transfer books to Kindle, Kindle Fire (HD) and Kindle apps from computer

Once the books are open MOBI or PDF, we can easily transfer them from PC (or Mac) to Kindle, Paperwhite, Kindle Fire (HD), Kindle for Android / iPad app w ith USB or wirelessly.

To transfer books to Kindle

  1. Connect your device to computer via USB.
  2. Double click the drive to open it and view the folders.
  3. Select the item you want to transfer (mobi or pdf).
  4. Copy books to the folder (documents) under Kindle drive.
  5. Or you can also use the Send-to-Kindle email address.

For each case below, I mainly explain how to transfer MOBI eBooks to Kindle with USB, which also works on PDF docs. To transfer books to Kindle without a USB cable, you should first find out the device email address (mentioned in each case), then send your books to the given device/app address.

1. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle/Paperwhite eReader
2. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle Fire (HD) tablets
3. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle for Android app
4. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle for iPad app
5. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle without USB

 

1. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and other Kindle E-ink readers

Here I take the Kindle Paperwhite for example.

1 Connect the Kindle device to computer with the USB cable. It will be recognised as a "Kindle" drive.

2Drag and drop the MOBI books to the "documents" folder under Kindle drive.

copy books to Kindle Paperwhite

 

3 Eject Kindle from computer. The loaded books will display under "Device" Shelf.

Transfer books to Kindle Paperwhite

 

Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address of Kindle Paperwhite:

Tap the menu icon (top right corner) from the home screen, then "Settings" -> "Device Options" -> "Personalize your Kindle" -> "Send-to-Kindle E-mail".

Kindle Paperwhite-send to Kindle email address

For conventional Kindle, select "Settings" from the home screen menu and use the Next page and Previous Page buttons to get the Send-to-Kindle E-mail.

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Transfer books to Kindle / Paperwhite wirelessly

2. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD

Note that Kindle Fire (HD) does not come with a USB cable. If you don't have a USB cable, get the Send-to-Kindle email address of the Kindle Fire and transfer MOBI or PDF books to it wirelessly.

Here I take the Kindle Fire for example.

How to transfer MOBI or PDF books to Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD with USB:

1 Connect your Kindle Fire (HD) to computer with the USB cable and it will be recognized as a Kindle drive.

2 Copy and paste your MOBI books to the "Books" folder under the Kindle Fire (HD) Drive.

copy books to Kindle Fire HD

3 Check the transferred books by tapping "Books" (on the top menu bar) then "Device".

Transfer books to Kindle Fire (HD)

 

Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address of Kindle Fire:

Tap the top right corner, select "More..." -> "My Account" to get the device email address.

Kindle Fire (HD) -send to Kindle email address

Transfer books to Kindle Fire (HD) wirelessly

 

3. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle for Android app

Here I take the Nexus 7 for example.

1 Connect your Android tablet or smart phone to PC.

2 Go to the "Kindle" folder of your Android device storage. Copy and paste the MOBI books to that folder.

copy books to Kindle Android

3 Tap the menu icon in the top right corner of Kindle app, then select "On Device" to check the transferred books.

Transfer books to Kindle Android app

 

Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address of Kindle for Android app:

Tap the menu icon (top left corner), then "Setting" to get the "Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address".

Kindle Android app-send to Kindle email address

Transfer books to Kindle for Android app wirelessly

 

4. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to iPad / iPod / iPhone Kindle app

There is no way to directly transfer MOBI books to Kindle iPad / iPod / iPhone app with iTunes. In this case, we can use Kindle email system to send personal MOBI books to the email address of Kindle for iPad app. PDF files can be transferred to iPad with iTunes (opened with iBooks by default) or with Kindle for iPad email address (opened with Kindle for iPad app by default).

 

Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address of Kindle for iPad app:

Tap the gear icon in the bottom right corner and select "Send-to-Kindle Email Address".

Transfer books to Kindle iPad - send to Kindle email address

Transfer books to Kindle for iPad/iPod/iPhone wirelessly

 

5. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle wirelessly (without a USB cable)

As long as we know the email addresses of the Kindle devices or apps, we will be able to send DRM-free MOBI and PDF books to Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire (HD), Kindle for Android / iPad app wirelessly.

1 Add your own (sender) email address to Kindle Approved Personal Document E-mail List.

Visit Manage Your Kindle, sign in, go to "Your Kindle Account" from the left side menu and select "Personal Document Settings". Pay attention to the "Approved Personal Document E-mail List" and select "Add a new approved e-mail address." Enter your e-mail address then click "Add Address."

send to Kindle - add to list

 

2 Compose an empty email (empty subject and empty body), attach your MOBI or PDF docs and input the Send-to-Kindle E-mail address to send.

send to Kindle - compose

Tap sync icon on the Kindle device or Kindle app. In minutes, you will find the sent MOBI and PDF docs under "All Items" and "Docs" category (Cloud).

received books through "send to Kindle" email address

(This screenshot was taken on Nexus 7. )

Note:

When you transfer PDF books to Kindle from computer, you will find the books not shown under "Books" (on device) shelf or category. That's right. PDF books typically display under "Docs" (on device) shelf.

If your purchased Kindle books are not auto synced due to an Internet issue, you can download the books to your computer (Amazon site -> "Manage Your Kindle" under "Your Account" -> "Actions..." -> "Deliver to my..." -> "Download and transfer via USB") to download the books to your computer. The downloaded books are typically AZW3. Transfer them to your Kindle device or app according to steps above.

The bottom line

This guide is based on Windows OS, but it also works if you want to transfer books to Kindle from Mac. As long as the books are not protected and converted to Kindle supported formats (MOBI or PDF), we will be able to read eBooks from other sources without confining to Amazon.

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works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.

17 Comments
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10/30/2013 13:51:48
Very useful. Thanks
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03/11/2014 15:40:39
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
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12/14/2014 16:48:57
Great post. Thanks very much.
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01/5/2015 13:06:22
Thank you for the post, it was really helpful.
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06/5/2015 06:57:20

>There is no way to directly transfer MOBI books to Kindle iPad / iPod / iPhone app with iTunes.

Yes, there is a way. Connect the mobile device to a computer and launch iTunes. Click on the name of the mobile device in the left hand column and from the main iTunes window select the Apps Tab. Scroll down to the bottom of the window to the section called File Sharing. Scroll down the left hand column until you see Kindle in the list. Click once on the name Kindle and look at the column on the right hand side. You can add books and pdf documents into this column either by dragging them into the list or by using the "Add" button. The books/pdfs will appear instantly in Kindle on the mobile device. As far as I am aware, there is no way to re-add Kindle books that were purchased on the Amazon web site. If anyone knows a way, I'd love to know! Thank you.

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06/5/2015 21:38:19
I have added over one thousand .mobi books to Kindle on my iPad over the past few years in the manner I have mentioned. Mobile Kindle is not limited only to books that have been purchased from Amazon. Many of the books I have on my iPad are free .mobi books that are offered on many web sites. It might not be in Amazon's financial interest to let people know about the Kindle file-sharing facility in iTunes, but it's there, and we can use it to upload ANY .mobi book to our mobile device. Sweet, eh. :-)
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06/14/2015 17:45:28
I enjoy the efforts you have put in this, thanks for all the great posts.
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07/6/2015 23:13:53
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08/20/2015 11:56:14
Thank You!
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10/5/2015 09:24:27
Is it possible for Kindle to transfer my books from my old frozedn device to my new paper White which arrived 4 days ago. I cannot understand your instructions
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10/7/2015 23:51:04

Hi,

Maybe you can try to read this guide: http://www.epubor.com/kindle-ebooks-to-kindle.html

Hope it can help you.

Thanks.

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12/27/2015 13:16:32
All my books are in mobi format and show up in Ultimate with the appropriate cover art (and if I Edit I do see the appropriate cover art there as well) but when I drag the files onto my Kindle Paperwhite none of the cover art transfers over. They all have blank cover art with the title and author stamped in place. Any suggestions?
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12/27/2015 20:35:05

Hi,

Now only the books purchased from Amazon can display covers. If you transfer books from your computer to Kindle, it won't show the cover. Or if you have removed DRM from these books or converted them from EPUB to Kindle format, it's normal that it doesn't display the cover.

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01/3/2016 14:47:29
Thanks so much for the wonderful advice and coloumn.  I have so many gift cards for Indigo (Kobo) yet I own a Kindle paperwhite.  This software has enabled me to use my gift cards to purchase books for free and then read them on my Kindle.  The instructions are very clear.  I've not had any glitches.  Wonderful!!!
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03/23/2016 19:06:49
I can't get step (3 Check the transferred books by tapping "Books" (on the top menu bar) then "Device".) To work I just got my amazon fire yesterday and I'm guessing that the books app on the fire is updated there isn't a device tab anywhere. Please help.
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05/12/2016 12:24:00
Thank you so much!  I spent 5 hours trying to transfer using the USB cable.  Your send-by-email instructions worked perfectly.  
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10/4/2016 19:01:09
Thanks for this. It's a big help!
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