How To Send Books To Your Kindle

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Amazon allows owners of its Kindle e-readers to send books that have not been purchased directly from Amazon to their devices, and there are a few ways to do so. The current generation of Kindle e-readers includes the Scribe, the largest model with a 10.2-inch screen and the first with stylus support. Kindle buyers who don’t want to splurge on an expensive e-reader can get the entry-level Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, or Kindle Oasis instead.


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One of the easiest ways Kindle owners can send books to their devices is by creating and using a unique email address called the “Send to Kindle email address.” When a supported file type is attached to an email and sent to the Kindle email address, the document is uploaded to the user’s Kindle library. Users can then download the book onto their Kindle from their Kindle Library to read offline.

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How To Send Books Via Email or A Computer

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The first step to sending a book via email to a Kindle is to find the unique email address. Log in to the Amazon account tied to the Kindle e-reader on a desktop computer. Tap on the drop-down list below ‘Account & Lists’ and select ‘Content & Devices.’ Click on the ‘Devices’ tab and select the Kindle device from the list of Amazon devices. The Kindle Email address should be under ‘Device Summary.’ Users can edit the email address by following some suggested security guidelines.

Copy the email address to use it with an email client. Then, attach the books and send them to the email address. Supported file formats include EPUB, PDF, RTF, Microsoft Word docs, HTML, and image file formats like JPG, GIF, PNG, and BMP. It’s easy to convert non-supported formats to one that works online. Amazon will send an email confirming that the books or documents have been archived and are now available in the user’s Kindle Library. Tap the file the read the book or document on the Kindle.

As a security measure, only a user’s email address linked to their Amazon account can send books to their Kindle. However, Amazon allows users to approve another email address. Go to ‘Content & Devices’ and click on the ‘Preferences’ tab. Scroll down to ‘Approved Personal Document E-mail List,’ and click on ‘Add a new approved email address.’ Users can also delete an approved email address from this page.

Another way to send books to a Kindle is by connecting the Kindle to a computer (PC or Mac) via USB and transferring the books to the Kindle’s storage. However, this option only works with PDF, AZW, or MOBI formats. Connect the Kindle to the PC or Mac. All current generation Kindles have a USB-C port, but some older models have a MicroUSB port. Copy the books from their location on the computer, open the Kindle’s storage, go to the ‘Documents‘ folder, and paste the copied files. Safely unplug the Kindle, and the books should appear in the library.

Another really handy way for users to send an ebook to a Kindle device is to share the file from a smartphone to their library via the Kindle app. Users should open the document from their Files folder and tap the three dots at the top right of screen followed by the share icon (Android) or tap the share icon at the bottom left (iOS). With the sharing menu open, users will see a slew of options, including the Kindle app. Tap the Kindle icon and users will be shown a menu to send the file to their library. They’ll then see it on their Kindle devices once they’ve synced via Wi-Fi.

Source: Amazon