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How to Download Books From Your Kindle Onto Your Computer

Updated February 21, 2017

The Amazon Kindle is a hand held electronic book reader. With the Kindle, users can store and read books, newspapers, magazines and other written media on the go. The reading materials are stored in the Kindle's internal memory. If you want to save a backup copy of your reading material or if you want to free up memory on your Kindle, transfer your reading materials to a computer.

Connect the Kindle to your computer by plugging the smaller end of the supplied USB cable into the bottom of the Kindle and the larger end of the USB cable into a USB jack on your computer. When plugged into a computer, the Kindle is recognised as an external hard drive.

Click on "My Computer" and double click on the external hard drive to open the Kindle directory. In the directory are three folders, named "Documents," "Audible" and "Music."

Double click on the "Documents" folder. The "Documents" folder has all of the written documents you have stored on your computer.

Click on the document you want to transfer and drag it to the computer. An alternative is to right click on the document, choose "Copy," right click on your computer and click "Paste."

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable
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About the Author

William Pullman is a freelance writer from New Jersey. He has written for a variety of online and offline media publications, including "The Daily Journal," "Ocular Surgery News," "Endocrine Today," radio, blogs and other various Internet platforms. Pullman holds a Master of Arts degree in Writing from Rowan University.