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Why can't I load Kindle for PC on my Windows 8 PC.

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Initial post: Jan 5, 2013 6:15:05 PM PST
I just got a new Windows 8 PC. The Windows 8 Kindle app only see's the books on the cloud. It won't recognize and .mobi files on my local hard drive. I have tried to download the Kindle for PC Windows 7 version and it won't install. Other Windows 7 apps I have install without issue. I have a large number of ebooks that I have purchased over the years and would like to be able to read them.

When will the Windows 8 Kindle apps recognize files loaded locally.

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 6:43:35 PM PST
Artist says:
Click on each mobi file, and the program should recognize them. Doing that won't add them to your account, though. If you want to do that, you'll have to use Send to Kindle.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 9:36:54 AM PST
I have tried clicking on the mobi files and the windows 8 kindle app doesn't launch. I have tried to set the file association for mobi files and the kindle app doesn't even show as an option. I like the kindle app but if I can't access my files I'll have to start looking for an alternative e-reader.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 12:13:46 AM PST
I installed Kindle from the Windows 8 store, and I am so far seeing the same thing as you are. When I click on .mobi files in a browser, they suggest going to the Windows 8 store to download an application, when I do that, two are shown: Livedrive and Knowhow Cloud. So I think Amazon has not set up that file association, which is unfortunate. Bit of a deficiency in the product, as it stands today, but I imagine something Amazon will fix with time, as I don't think they want other applications grabbing the file association.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 12:59:17 AM PST
Continuing the debug of Kindle for Windows 8, when I open a .mobi file, and Windows 8 doesn't find an association, when looking on the computer, it lists off: Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer, iTunes (!?), Notepad, Opera Internet Browser, Paint, Windows Media Player Windows Photo Viewer, WordPad. So the Kindle file association is not being being set up properly by the App, Kindle should have been on that list. Having it search manually, it doesn't show up under C:\Program Files (the default), or C:\Program Files (x86). I am trying to decode enough of the Windows 8 Application shortcut tree to figure out where the Kindle application actually is installed, but so far doing so is non-trivial.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 1:50:29 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
The Win8 app won't open mobi files.

From my desktop, I went here - - and downloaded and installed the Win7 Kindle app, which is the same full-featured, robust app it ever was.

Thank God this wasn't the PC where I have Calibre installed and manage my Kindle library.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 1:59:18 AM PST
OK, I puzzled through the Windows 8 application to figure out that it installs to:


But when I tried to open a Mobi file with that, nothing seemed to happen. So either I did something wrong, or Amazon dropped .mobi support in the Windows 8 app.

I did download the Windows 7 Kindle for PC, that seems to work for .mobi files. Does anyone know if Kindle for Windows 8 will add back in .mobi support, or do I have to look for another reader, long term?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 2:10:33 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You might want to try and convert some of the files to AZW3 with Calibre and see if that works. You do have that option now. Let us know if this works.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 2:45:17 AM PST
Calibre seems a bit deep-end for trying to get .mobi books into a reader. I might give it a try down the road, but I'm still setting the system up, so it will be a while. Plus there are quite a number of these to convert. Might convert instead to .epub, as I have both .mobi and .epub versions of quite a number, and the Windows 8 store seems to have quite a number of .epub readers (including free ones, but for some reason, Nook doesn't seem to come up, interesting).

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 4:58:29 AM PST
Or maybe just use the Send to Kindle app?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 5:51:12 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
You misunderstand. I don't care; the Win8 app is in the trash heap where it belongs.

It's sad for Win8 RT users who can't use Windows desktop apps, though. The Win8 Kindle app is an embarrassment.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 10:14:47 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 3:16:40 PM PST
Mostly I'm finding Windows 8 fine, if a bit quirky on Navigation. Once I figured out a few shortcut keys (Win-D), the PC runs fine. But I have a lot of experience with OS X and Android, so maybe it wasn't that big a leap for me. The underpinnings, once you get past metro, seem to be pretty solidly improvements.

But the Kindle Win 8 store app seems a bit light, that I'm still trying to sort out how to get to run right. I did figure out that Right-Mouse Click in a book brought up the menu, and the Library once back there is sortable conventionally (recent, author, title). So mostly it runs and actual book reading works pretty well, having pages up full screen works nicely, more how it should have looked in the first place. But I still have not figured out how to get it to do .mobi files or retain downloads between sessions.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 9:56:03 AM PST
Jan Strnad says:
I have the same frustration with Windows 8, which BTW, I hate. Unfortunately my new laptop came with it. Anyway, same problem: Can't open mobi files with the Kindle app. Major deficiency!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013 10:41:10 AM PST
Thank you! Downloading the Kindle for Windows 7 on my new Windows 8 PC worked for me! After weeks of frustration with Windows 8, I once again have access to all of my Kindle books on my desktop.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013 11:21:25 AM PST
Just curious, can't you read them on your Kindle Cloud? It's not that much different than reading on the K4PC.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 10, 2013 11:54:18 AM PDT
The Amazon J says:
It's getting them to the cloud that is the issue, Amazon didn't give me a unique e-mail address for my kindle with the windows 8 kindle app, and from reading through amazon it doesn't support that functionality, ie the only things you have in your windows 8 kindle cloud is the stuff you've downloaded from amazon...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2013 5:36:29 PM PDT
J. Fields says:
Thank you R.D. You are a life saver. I am now able to open my Mobi files.

For everyone having a problem, don't hesitate to you the link that R.D. has provided to download Win 7 Kindle app.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2013 3:18:16 AM PDT
I have a Toshiba laptop with Windows 8. I went to this URL and downloaded the Kindle reader for "Windows 7, Vista and XP". An installer program downloads first. It takes a couple minutes. When it is finished, the Kindle reader will be installed on your machine. When you launch it the first time you will be prompted to register by providing your user name (i.e. e-mail address) and password. After that you are good to go. Click on any .mobi files in your system and Kindle will launch. Click the Library button in Kindle and you will see that each new .mobi title you have clicked on and opened has been added to your library of books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2013 2:29:14 PM PDT
You can still intall the desktop app, it's just that it's still called the Windows 7 app "Kindle for PC" actually

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 11:50:53 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 27, 2013 5:43:57 PM PDT
Thank you R.D Clark ... Installing the Vista Kindle App fixed the issue.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2013 5:11:38 AM PDT
Thank you RDClark. The Win7 Kindle app works just fine on Win8.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2013 5:13:04 AM PDT
Download Kindle works just fine on Win8.

Posted on Aug 31, 2013 3:04:36 PM PDT
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