How to Download Kindle Books to Your Computer / Kindle

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After we purchased some books from Kindle store, those titles will be saved in Kindle cloud. Then whenever we want to read our kindle contents, we can download them from the cloud to our kindle device or kindle app. But how to download Kindle books with easy steps? Why I failed to download the Kindle book for offline reading? Here is the ultimate guide to this topic.

3 Methods to download Kindle contents

How to download Kindle files from the Kindle library onto our devices?

Step 1: Buy Kindle books.

Visit Amazon store official site please. Then shop in Kindle store by searching the Kindle titles you want to read. Buy with 1-click.

buy kindle books with 1-click

We can buy Kindle books on our Kindle devices, or Kindle apps, or directly purchase from online kindle store via opening a browser.


1. We can't directly buy Kindle books in the Kindle for IOS app. Please use Safari to access Kindle store and purchase the book you want to read, then "Deliver to: xxx's Kindle for IOS".

2. Except for Kindle store, there are more places to download kindle books and free.

Step 2: Sync and download Kindle titles.

We can read Kindle books with the Kindle eReader (such as Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD), or Kindle app (such as Kindle for Mac, Kindle for Android).

By default, all new bought Kindle books will be saved in the Kindle cloud. If we want to download the kindle book from the library to the local devices, we should sync the Kindle first.

Open the Kindle app, tap on "Sync" icon. If you didn't log in the app, register your Kindle first.

sync kindle books and download

On Kindle e-ink and tablet devices, click on "Settings" -> "Sync Your Kindle".

sync your kindle

In general, by syncing the Kindle, all books will be saved to your Kindle library (which contains the new books you bought). You can find them by tapping on Cloud/Archives/All tab.

sync your kindle


If you can't find the books in your library (after syncing the Kindle), please visit amazon official site and access "Your Content and Devices".

Choose "deliver to Default Device (or) Others", select your device, deliver, OK.

deliver kindle books

Then, click on the book cover, downloading begin. Wait a moment until the downloading progress ends. Once completed, you can open the book with your Kindle.

kindle downloading

How long does it take to download a Kindle book? I should say this depends on your own network connection status and the book files size. Usually it shows up in 60 seconds or so.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: Is it possible to bulk download kindle?

A: In fact, there is no option to bulk download Kindle books. We are allowed to download title by title. But with the double-click, it's really pretty fast.

Q: What's the Kindle book download location?

A: Books that downloaded from Kindle e-ink or tablet devices are saved in "Documents" folder. They will be saved as AZW3 or KFX format.

If the kindle contents are synced and downloaded via Kindle for PC/Mac, they will be saved in "My Kindle Content" folder. Usually those files are with .azw suffix.

Kindle for Android books will be PRC or KFX.

Optional method: Download & transfer via USB

If still failed to download your Kindle files to your Kindle devices, we can try this method.

Access "Manage Your Content and Devices", select the book you want to download, click on "More Actions".

Then, select "Download & transfer via USB".

transfer and download kindle

From the new window, select your Kindle (the correct Kindle device name), download.

kindle book download


1. This method can only help re-send Kindle books to our Kindle devices (Kindle e-ink or kindle tablets). It doesn't function for downloading books to Kindle app. From the screenshot image, you will notice that these options are grayed out.

2. Not all books can be obtained with this method. If you can't see the "download and transfer via usb" option, you should try the method 1 I mentioned above.

3. This method works pretty well when you want to download Kindle files without wifi.

4. Books downloaded with this method will be .azw3 format. Once completed, copy these files to your Kindle device via USB please, to the "Documents" folder.

kindle azw3

5. When asked how to download kindle books to PC/Mac, this method works well too (while the mostly considered method is downloading via Kindle desktop).

Optional method 2: Download via Kindle Cloud Reader (Offline)

Updated on 2020-8-12: Amazon has further upgraded Kindle Cloud Reader in August 2020 for security reasons, which has finally made it impossible to download books from Kindle Cloud Reader.

Kindle Cloud Reader is a web app which is designed for reading Kindle titles without a Kindle. And what's better, it also allows us read kindle titles for offline reading.

1 Make sure you are usingthe latest version of Google Chrome/Microsoft Edge browser.

2 Log in to Kindle Cloud Reader.

3 Open the book and the download will begin soon.

7 Solutions when Kindle books won't download

Above methods are easy to go, but in fact there are many people have met the problem that they are not able to download a Kindle book that they had previously purchased.

So here are 8 solutions when Kindle books won't download.

Solution 1: Shut down and restart your device.

This is the easiest one and it fixs most problems.

Solution 2: Confirm the wifi connection.

Disconnect and reconnect the wifi, confirm it's working .

Solution 3: Sync Kindle again.

Only by syncing Kindle, the new Kindle books can be shown correctly on our device.

Solution 4: Deregister and register again.

If the book or app gets stuck downloading partway, deregister it first (Settings -> Registration -> Deregister).

This will delete all your books from the cloud.

Once registered again, try re-downloading it from the cloud section.

Optional: We can also deregister the device by managing "You Content and Devices".

Solution 5: Fix for Amazon license limit error.

While trying to download a Kindle title on a new device, you may come across an error with Amazon: License Limit Reached.

kindle book license limit

With most Kindle books, we can only get six copies downloaded to various devices and apps.  If you try to download a book to a seventh device you'll get a license limit exceeded warning. In this situation, you should deregister any old devices that you no longer use (old phones, old copies of the desktop app, etc.).

Simply log into your Amazon account -> Your Content and Devices -> Devices -> Device Actions -> Deregister.

kindle deregister amazon

Once that is done, relaunch the kindle app or device and it should open just fine.


How many licenses totally depends on the publisher and not disclosed anywhere.

Solution 6: Confirm whether the payment method is valid or not.

Check your digital orders first. Make sure the book that you were trying to download was indeed completed by heading over to Amazon.

What's more, it would be better to check your payment settings too. I mean if the default 1-click payment was invalid, the order won't be approved by Amazon.

Solution 7: If you deleted one book by mistake, purchase it again

We all know that we can delete Kindle books from the cloud, but we should also recognize that if deleting contents by this method, we are not able to recover them any more unless purchasing again.

Delete kindle books by mistake?
Backup Your Kindle Books to Computer First.

Solution 8: Failed to enable Kindle Cloud Reader offline?

As what I said above, Amazon stopped the downloading option in Kindle Cloud Reader since August, 2020. In other words, it's impossible to download books via kindle cloud reader. Please try above methods.

Download Kindle books to PDF? Of course YES

Most of people wonder how to download Kindle books as PDF. But at the first part I've introduced Kindle common formats in breif, Kindle books are with kindle its own formats, not the PDF or ePub.

But this doesn't mean that we can't achieve this goal. Here highly recommend you use Epubor Ultimate.

See? It helps you convert Kindle to PDF and remove DRM quickly.

download kindle to pdf

Say more, my top pick is downloading kindle books first to your computer and then back up them. Above tools help you back up kindle books with ease.


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12/28/2019 02:01:44

  I was gifted an ebook for Xmas.  I do not own an 'iphone' of any kind.  I do not have a Kindle tablet.  I do have a Android based Lenovo Tablet.   I have never done this before.  I thought I would download it to the PC and then to the Tablet.  In the PC I found a Folder labeled "My Kindle Content" w/ correct date.  Nothing playable in it even after I downloaded the Kindle App.

Maybe I did it all backwards.  I have the App now. I tried to start all over.  Amazon: "You have already accepted the book"  Go away.  I tried Amazon Chat - no record of your buying anything and we do not care about gifts. Go away.

I said thanks to the giver and will now see if the local library has it.

If you have not opted into all the gimmicks do not even try to get ebooks from Amazon.   Just what Amazon needs: Free money.  I wonder how many other books were paid for and then lost.

12/28/2019 02:38:49

Addon to an earlier comment.  I knew the download location so did not read that line:at first. "They will be saved as AZW3 or KFX format."  Amazon gave me a AZW3...I need KFX.  But some how all I have is "UNKNOWN AZW" with no number

never mind at all.  I just searched PC and tablet with the title.  I have no idea what I did.  It is just gone. nothing on Recycle Bin either.

Sorry to bother you!

12/30/2019 10:54:31

Thank you for your comments. For the files in "My kindle content" folder are encrypted with Kindle DRM. That's why you cannot open or read it. Please follow this guide to remove kindle drm : https://www.epubor.com/how-to-remove-drm-from-kindle-kfx-ebooks.html

Also, for the kfx format, it only can be read on kindle related apps or device. Are you sure this is what you want?

Another thing, the .azw file actually is kfx format.

07/11/2020 09:41:40
Hi, I purchase 2 kindle books, they are on my Ipad kindle library. I am not able to download them anywhere or convert them. If I go to my Amazon Account > device > content> click on the ... square option, it does not allow me to download and send them to a USB on my PC.My default is the Ipad, and that is all it allows for. Very confusing, please help. Thanks!
07/13/2020 09:01:09
Can you please download your kindle books via Kindle for PC/MAC? If you have no kindle devices registered with your amazon account, you cannot download kindle books via "Download & Transfer via USB".
12/22/2020 16:19:21

where are my kindle books. my books have been purchease

12/23/2020 08:59:37
Thank you for asking. Your book will be in your content tab under "Content and devices" column.
To get the books, please install the kindle for pc/mac and then click the book cover to download it.
Or if you have kindle eink devices, just register it with your amazon account and then  your purchased book will be displayed under your library.
For more questions, please feel free to contact us via epubor.iris@gmail.com
Have a nice day.
05/17/2021 05:39:17
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11/29/2021 19:03:47
My old Kindle keyboard just went kaput yesterday but there are a load of Amazon downloads on it (purchased only the day before yesterday) that I can't access. I was also researching whether or not to change to Kobo which would mean doing a 'de-DRM' for the Kindle books. I already have Calibre and then I found your website and so downloaded the Kindle app for Mac. I can now see all my purchased titles in the Library. However, when I go to My Kindle Content, the books are listed only as gobbledegook DRM numbers and letters, no titles. So I have no idea how to identify a book or choose it.  I'm not very computer savvy so would really appreciate your advice on next step. Many thanks.
12/1/2021 09:21:32

Thank you for asking. As you have registered your kindle keyboard, you can use "Download and transfer via usb" to download kindle books and then remove drm with Epubor Ultimate. You can follow this guide: https://www.epubor.com/how-to-remove-drm-from-kindle-kfx-ebooks.html#meth4

Any more problem, please feel free to contact us via support@epubor.com.

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