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Initial post: Feb 10, 2009 12:08:29 PM PST
I don't own a Kindle, but I've read that the K2 doesn't have an SD slot. I have a flash drive with a ton of books on it. I was wondering if I could plug that into the USB slot in the Kindle and access books the same way one would access them from an SD card?


In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2009 12:15:46 PM PST
Desert Rat says:
Interesting idea, but I don't think it will work. The input the USB cable on the K1 is not the same as a regular USB input port, although the other end that plugs into the computer is standard. I expect the K2 will have the same input.

Anyway, the flash drive would not work unless Kindle software recognized it and provided a USB port, and don't think it would.

USB connections to the computer and to a device are not the same.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009 12:40:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2009 12:49:20 PM PST
If I cannot read files directly from a flash drive or from my PC via a USB port then I am not interested. I will go with Sony, even if they are inferior in most other respects. I WILL retain control over access to my library/docs via direct means. The "wireless transmittal" via Amazon is irrelevant to me...I want direct hardware access.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2009 12:48:22 PM PST
That makes sense. I guess it was just wishful thinking, hoping I could stick in my flash drive.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009 1:04:23 PM PST
You CAN move books to and from the Kindle via the USB connection. That isn't the same as plugging a drive into the Kindle without a computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2009 1:33:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2009 1:44:17 PM PST
Re: Cassidy - Then someone at Amazon needs to point this out for Kindle 2. It is a critical feature. G. Orton has a point - not all USB ports will allow data transfer. This is THE make or break feature for me and two other people here at work - transferring DOC, TXT, RTF and other files to the Kindle2 from our PCs via a USB cord or flash drive inserted into the Kindle2. If not, then a Sony it will be.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009 1:54:23 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2009 1:55:30 PM PST
There is full coverage in the K2 (and K1) User's Guide on how to move files back and forth via USB. .DOC, RTF, and PDF files have to be converted to work on Kindle, but it is really easy. You can email the file for conversion and delivery either to your Kindle or to your email address, or use free software to convert the document(s) and move to Kindle via USB yourself.

From the K2 Amazon main page:
"USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) for connection to the Kindle power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Macintosh computer.
Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (formats 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion."

Posted on Feb 10, 2009 2:00:25 PM PST
Relax. The USB cable allows full transferability of files - even ones you can't read on Kindle could be stored there if you really wanted to.

What you can't do is plug a thumb drive straight into the Kindle and read it. The Kindle itself is treaed a USB storage medium so it would be like plugging a thumb drive into another thumb drive.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 10, 2009 2:47:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 10, 2009 2:50:37 PM PST
T. Schiel says:
No but I have all my Kindle content on an 8 GIG flash drive and just move what I want to the kindle and move what I don't want to the flash drive using the cable with my computer. It is nicely organized by folders so it takes very little time. I don't use an SD card because I don't want that much on my Kindle at a time...too much clutter. Indexing large amounts can be hard on the battery

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2011 2:08:17 PM PDT
Martini81 says:
You have that right, everyone has that right. Different people, different decisions.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2011 2:12:54 PM PDT
Martini81...did you notice it has been over 2 years since this thread has been posted to?
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