Kindle Paperwhite Newbie: How to Transfer Kindle Books from a Computer

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Welcome back to our Kindle Video Series!  Today, in our fourth installment, we’ll discuss how to transfer books from a computer to your Kindle.  If you would like to follow along on the video, you can do so here.

For books that you have already purchased…

If you have already purchased a book on Amazon, and would like to transfer it to your Kindle, the first step is to visit the “Manage my Content and Devices” page at  Locate the title that you are looking for and click on the “Actions” button.  Choose the device that you want to send the book to, then click “Deliver”.  Your book/magazine/newspaper will automatically download the next time you open your Kindle (note–you must have access to WiFi or 3G for your Kindle to download new titles).

To transfer content from your Windows or Mac computer…

First, connect the USB cable that came with your device to your computer.  Then open the “Manage my Content and Devices” page ( and click on the “Actions” tab.  Then select “Download and Transfer via USB” from the pop-up menu.  Choose the device that you want to send the content to from the drop-down menu, then click “Download”. 

You will be prompted to “open or save” the file.  Choose “save” and select a location that is easy to find again.  It may be helpful to create a folder on your desktop dedicated to Kindle downloads, to make locating and retrieving them easier.

Move the Books to your Kindle

If you have not yet purchased the item, choose “Transfer via Computer” when making your purchase in the Kindle store, then select “Buy Now With 1-Click”.  Once the file has been saved to your computer, connect your Kindle to the USB cable

Your Kindle will appear in the same area as your USB drives.  Open the Kindle drive.  You may need to unlock your Kindle device before it can be opened on your computer.  Move Kindle content, such as books, to the “Documents” folder.  Remember to properly eject your device before removing it from your computer, to prevent corrupting or damaging the files.  Your content will now appear on the “On Device” screen on your Kindle and can be opened and read at any time.

For more information, or to get help with a specific question, visit the Help page at  And as always, check back here for more in our Kindle Video Series.  We’re here to answer all of your questions, and if we don’t know the answer, we’ll find it for you!

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