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Kindle Windows 8 App on PC: Where are Files saved?

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Initial post: Jan 9, 2013 1:31:13 AM PST
I installed the Kindle App from the Windows 8 store on a PC, and I am trying to puzzle my way through how to use it, and was wondering if anyone had worked out where it stores the Books after I download them. The older Kindle for PC program on Windows 7 seemed to put them in C:\Users\<userid>\Documents\My Kindle Content (actually the location was changable via Tools/Options/Content. What I have not puzzled out is if the Windows 8 App lets me see or change the location of the books, and/or if there is any way to change it. What I have established is wherever they're being put, it's not the same default directory (as there is no book showing up there). Any insights would be appreciated.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 2:05:07 AM PST
I'm kind of new to this Windows 8 Kindle App thing, so bear with me, but when I went to sign out (Win-C/Settings/Sign Out), a message comes up:

Sign Out

Signing out will remove all downloaded content from this device.
Do you want to continue?

So of course I cancelled. I was thinking though that I'd really kind of like to have my downloaded books stay downloaded. Have to sort this out.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 2:09:59 AM PST
OK, the pre-installed (downloaded) books show up in directory:


There seems to be 2 files per book, an .azw file, and a .apnx file. What I am not seeing there is the downloaded books from my library. Could be that's going somewhere else, but where?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 2:37:25 AM PST
I don't have Win 8 (and it doesn't sound like I should want it, either! LOL) but my two best suggestions are:
1) download a book, and then do a hard drive search for either the title or the ASIN number (on the offchance that it's in the file name)
2) download a book and then open up the downloads history, rightclick on the file and select "open containing folder" and see where you end up. (Hopefully that bit's similar enough to my Win XP for the instructions to work.)

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 2:50:38 AM PST
I've been working on 1) searching for the book, but so far, no joy. Continuing to try though. 2) Win 8 Kindle App doesn't see to have a Downloads history, that I can find. Probably can be puzzled out, but it's non-trivial, wherever it's going, it's pretty well hidden. And maybe moot, if it turns out the books are transient, not kept between Kindle sessions.

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 2:59:47 AM PST
Not kept would be decidedly annoying!

In Win XP, you can also bring up the downloads history using CTRL-J. Keyboard shortcuts are generally pretty stable, so you could see if that works in Win 8.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2013 3:36:04 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 24, 2013 9:41:35 AM PST
I have the same type of problem, I have an external hard drive from my old windows xp computer and have attached this to my new windows 8 ( talk about not user friendly) computer, can I some how get kindle to find these on the old external drive and save to the old external drive?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 1:15:35 PM PST
I haven't gotten back to it operationally much, but when I was on Windows 8 running the Kindle App (Metro) version from the Windows store, when I went to look at a book, it downloaded it, all so-far-so-good, but when I closed the application (or shutdown/rebooted the computer), the notion that the book had been downloaded seemed to be lost. It seemed to redownlaod the book. That was unexpected, in that Windows 7 running Kindle for PC, once downloaded it seemed to be there until I archived the book, so i was expecting the Windows 8 app to behave the same. I'll try the keyboard shortcuts next time I'm on that system. Thanks.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 5:26:27 AM PST
xendula says:
Has anyone found an answer to the OP's question yet?
FYI, you CAN install the Win 7 reading app on Win8 - it is a bit clumsy, but at least it gives you options. The Win 8 software is less customizable but looks prettier. I had to register the software twice, for some reason, as the desktop software counts as one registed device, and the metro software as a second, even on the same computer. They don't seem to "talk" to each other.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 7:55:33 PM PST
Windows 8 Store doesn't seem to have Kindle anymore. Any ideas?

Basically I open store, type Kindle and while a bunch of readers show, Kindle is not one of them, really annoying after purchasing a couple of books.

thanks and regareds

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 10:48:18 PM PST
xendula says:
What about this link:

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2013 9:29:37 PM PDT
Sydney's Mom says:
The AZW file is your book

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 2:57:30 PM PDT
Brian Lester says:
I purchased a book for my win8 kindle app. I can read the book in the app, but it doesn't show up in the cloud for my new fire. It also doesn't show up on the digital orders page. So how do I get something from my win8 cloud to my kindle cloud.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 3:30:27 PM PDT
The account that your Windows 8 pc is registered to is where your Cloud entries are. If you register your Fire to the same account, it will show up in the Cloud.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 7:28:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2013 7:29:17 PM PDT
ThePrince says:
Paul, the only places apps have access is

C:\Users\<userid>\AppData\Local\Packages\Package Name.

For Kindle App Package Name is


something = stfe6vwa9jnp for me but it mght be different for you.

After that it should be in either LocalState or Roaming State.

or SystemAppData

but I don't see my downloaded books there.

Note: There's also the possibility that Kindle app got special permissions to save to My Documents. If that's the case then it'll be there. Again, I can't find it there.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 6:29:06 AM PDT
David George says:
I tapped Kindle on My Windows 8, after some time I got ALL of my past Kindle books now on my computer. I though, ok, I will send the ones I don't want to the cloud, well think again. I tapped on an entry and now can't get out of it. I have dozen of books, some with large content now taking up space. I just hate Windows 8, it's a real mess, at least on a computer. The apps won't close, you can't delete them like the instructions say. Beware.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2013 12:57:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2013 12:57:40 PM PDT
D. George
You can remove books from your device library in 2 ways if you have a mouse or touchscreen

1. Open your Kindle app
2. Select the "Device" tab on the start screen
3. Proceed with either method 1 or 2:

Method 1. Right-click on the book cover and select "Remove book" from the menu bar.
Method 2. Tap and hold your finger on the book cover then slide your finger down to bring up the menu bar. Tap "Remove book"

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 3:53:16 PM PDT
Furthermore, it appears that books being used by the Windows 8 Kindle app are being stored in the cache folder. Each book has been broken up into .fragment (eg. 1.fragment, 2.fragment, 324.fragment, etc.) files. I have no idea how it takes the .fragment files and generates each page of the book. But, I imagine they did it this way to reduce loading time for each page.

Side question: Any thoughts on how we might convert a .AZW file into an some number of .fragment files? The book I'm reading is not available in the Windows 8 Kindle app store, but it is available using the Windows 7 PC Kindle software.

Posted on Apr 6, 2013 10:34:22 PM PDT
D. Lawson says:
Hey everyone, the windows 8 app for kindle doesnt support uploaded or local documents, just their books. I wasn't even able to find the book location and I looked hard. Not sure what their problem is or why the app is hobbled, the help file just says "at this time". I just loaded the normal desktop one that is for windows 7 and earlier, it installs fine and picks up all my PDF's and MOBI books just fine from the my kindle content directory in documents. (I have windows 8 pro on my tablet, not sure if it would install on RT)

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 7:22:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2013 7:24:20 AM PDT
B. Smith says:

That is where the books are stored. You'll find subfolders which are named similarly to the AZW files that get created by the Windows 7/Vista/XP app but inside the folders are the ".fragment" files that Alyn Hillhouse mentioned previously. This supports the previous statement that we cannot currently import existing AZW or MOBI files into the Kindle for Windows 8 "modern" app. You can still download and install the Kindle for Windows app in Desktop mode and use the traditional Windows app instead - that still permits importing MOBI files as far as I know.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2013 2:01:27 PM PDT
Ids says:
Trouble is on Windows RT you cant install the desktop version. Come on Amazon its about time you updated this so we can use it. Or are you doing the same holdout as you are doing for LoveFilm?

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2013 4:42:54 PM PDT
david says:
I have many books in the .mobi format that i would like to read using the kindle app I'd like to know where to put them so they show up in the reader

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2013 4:52:40 AM PDT
xendula says:
Send the .mobi file to your kindle address (look in "manage my kindle" to see what your app's address is.

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 2:23:49 PM PDT
one reason to find AZW files is you can add them to Calibre and convert them to an epub format thus not requiring Kindle hardware/software to read them.

The W8 version of Kindle seems to encode the files written into the cache folder such that they can't be copied, etc.

Blaming W8 for this seems ridiculus.
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