The Amazon Kindle is the prototype eBook reader, letting you pack virtually dozens of books in your purse or carry-on while taking up less space than a single hardcover novel. All Kindles come with proprietary “Whispernet” wireless connections so that they can download eBook files directly from Amazon. If your Kindle’s wireless connection is not working, or if you are outside the service area, you can also transfer files directly from your computer to the Kindle via a USB cable.
Remove the electrical plug from the end of your Kindle charging cord. This will reveal a USB connector that you can then plug into any USB port on your computer.
Plug the other end of the Kindle charging cord into the charging port on your Kindle. Your Kindle can be on or off for this part of the process. The Kindle’s charging port doubles as the data transfer port; when your Kindle is plugged into the computer, you will be able to both recharge its battery from the computer and transfer files.
Wait until your Kindle automatically goes into USB drive mode and appears in your computer’s system as a removable mass-storage device, just as a DVD or data CD would.
Double-click on the Kindle’s icon to open a window displaying its various folders. Locate the folder designated for the file type you want to transfer from the computer to the Kindle. Note that only certain file types -- PDF, AZW, AZW1, TXT, MOBI, PRC, AA, AAX and MP3 -- are currently readable by the Kindle.
Locate the files you want to transfer on your computer’s hard drive, then drag and drop them into the appropriate Kindle folder.
Use your computer’s undock, eject or unmount function to eject the Kindle once the transfer is complete.
Disconnect your Kindle from the USB cable. It will automatically return to wherever you may have been reading before you connected it to the computer.
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