How Can I Get PDFs on My Kindle?

Written by michael butler
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The Amazon Kindle works with many different file types -- not just the files that come from the Amazon Kindle Store. This allows users to put their personal documents, including PDF files, on the Kindle and read them on their devices. However, reading long PDFs on the Kindle requires zooming in and out on every page. Users will not find the problem so acute with shorter PDFs.

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Things you need

  • Kindle USB cable

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  1. 1

    Connect your Kindle to your computer using the USB cable that came with the device.

  2. 2

    Click "Open Folder to View Files." If the Autoplay menu does not pop up, click "Start," then "Computer." Double-click the "Kindle" icon. You should see the folders on your Kindle.

  3. 3

    Drag the PDF file from its current location on your computer to the "Documents" folder on your Kindle.

  4. 4

    Close the "Kindle" window on your computer and eject the Kindle from your computer.

Tips and warnings

  • You can put large PDFs on your Kindle with this method, but you should consider converting them to a different format. Send them as an e-mail attachment to your Kindle's e-mail address. Put "Convert" in the email's subject line. Amazon will convert the PDFs for a small fee. You can also download programs to convert PDFs to other formats.

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