How do I Convert Documents for the Kindle 2?

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How do I Convert Documents for the Kindle 2?
Kindle allows you to keep a virtual library of ebooks. (Dynamic Graphics Group/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

Kindle is a portable ebook reader sold by Amazon. The second-generation reader is smaller and lighter than its predecessor. The Kindle is more than just a device to read ebooks with. You can also store all of your personal documents on it. Amazon charges to convert non-Kindle media, like personal documents, to a Kindle format through your second-generation Kindle device. However, you can avoid these fees by using Amazon's free e-mail conversion service.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • USB cable
  • E-mail account

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Attach the document that you want to convert to an e-mail. Amazon will convert the following file formats to Kindle:

    Microsoft Word (DOC)

    Structured HTML (HTML, HTM)

    RTF (RTF)

    JPEG (JPEG, JPG)

    GIF (GIF)

    PNG (PNG)

    BMP (BMP)

    PDF (PDF)

    Microsoft Word (DOCX)

  2. 2

    Send the email to "name"@free.kindle.com, where "name" is the name associated with your Kindle account. For example, if your e-mail account with Amazon is John@Kindle.com, send the message to John@free.kindle.com.

  3. 3

    Wait for the return e-mail, then download the file to your computer. Amazon doesn't list a timetable for how long the conversion takes, so it could depend upon the number of requests pending for the service. Kindle conversions are usually fast, so expect a return e-mail within hours.

  4. 4

    Plug your Kindle into your computer's USB port. The Kindle should show up as an external drive on your computer. To view the drive, press the "Windows" button and then press "E" to open Explorer.

  5. 5

    Download the file to your Kindle, using your computer's drag-and-drop function to move files from your computer to the Kindle.

Tips and warnings

  • Amazon will also accepted compressed ZIP files that contain acceptable document formats.

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