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Initial post: Feb 2, 2011 7:06:39 PM PST
Ok. I am totally stupid. I have a kindle w/3 books that I've read mainly because its been hit or miss. I have a few in archive. I don't have wifi/router connection in my home. So I have to download, drag and drop. What does drag and drop mean exactly. How do I drag and where do I drop? I know for 99% of you this is a waste of a question, but I cannot find it anywhere. I am really thinking of turning this one in for the built in wifi. I have never been more frustrated by trying to make something simple - so difficult! Please find the patience to help me someone!!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2011 7:13:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 2, 2011 7:16:27 PM PST
1) Plug your Kindle into your computer using the USB port.

2) On your "Manage Your Kindle" page, locate the book you want and choose "Download to computer." It will ask which device you are downloading for. Choose the Kindle you want to load the file onto. (This is very important.) When it gives you the option to save the file, save it somewhere easy, like right onto your desktop, or into a folder labeled Kindle Books, or some such.

3) On your computer, navigate to "My Computer." Double-click on the drive that represents your Kindle. (It will be an icon with the label "X: Kindle," except that it won't be X, it will be F: or K: or Q: or god-only-knows. (You can make it always be the same drive letter, but that is advanced magic and we aren't learning that today!)) Once you have double-clicked on that icon, there will be some folders. Double-click on "Documents."

4) Find the file you saved earlier. Using copy-and-paste, cut-and-paste, drag-and-drop -- whatever you usually do to move a file from one place to another (there is no wrong way) -- move the file you saved earlier into the Documents folder on the Kindle.

5) Close the window that shows the Kindle files. (You don't want this open for the next step or your computer will nag you.)

6) Go back to "My Computer" and right-click the X:Kindle icon. Choose "Eject."

7) Unplug your Kindle and your book should be waiting for you.

If that doesn't work or something is unclear, come back and we'll try again.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 7:14:29 PM PST
If you are within 30 days of your original Kindle purchase, i would trade it in for a 3G version. It would save you a lot of hassle.

To manually get books on your Kindle:
1. Connect your Kindle to your PC
2. Open Windows Explorer and look for a drive that says "Kindle".
3. Open the Kindle drive and the "documents" folder. This is where you will drop any eBook files you want to transfer from your PC to your Kindle.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 7:20:00 PM PST
So you mean drop and drag mean cut and paste??? I really am feeling stupid right now!! I've been clicking on---- nevermind, you wouldn't believe it. Thanks so much!! I'm going to try it right now!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2011 6:09:54 AM PST
Drag-and-drop and cut-and paste do the same thing, just in different ways. For someone who's not terribly computer-savvy, cut-and-paste might be easier.

How did it go? Did you get the book on your Kindle?

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 7:39:10 AM PST
To drag you just put your cursor over the item and click on it. You then drag it to where you want it to go. A ghost shadow will follow your cursor. That's called drag and drop is when you let go of it in the place you want it to be. I prefer it . I just have both boxes open next to each other.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 8:42:28 AM PST
Debi says:
I never drag and drop. I just highlight it and click on 'move to' or 'copy to'

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 8:56:38 AM PST
Ann King says:
There is a much easier way.

Plug in your kindle with the usb drive.
Open the drive __ (mine says K, but it might be different on your computer)
Open the document folder.

In a new window: go to, and click on manage your kindle.
Scroll to the section that lists all of your purchases. with the down arrow choose "transfer VIA computer" this is usually the last choice.
Choose save. You can save to a file on your computer (you won't be able to open and read it from there) or save directly to the Kindle (save to the drive __. This is what I do. Make sure that you choose to save it in the document folder on the Kindle. By saving straight to the Kindle, you avoid the "drop and drag" thing. If you save to Kindle for PC, you can read on your computer, but CANNOT transfer that file to the Kindle.

The directions are here:

There are detailed directions for just about anything in the Kindle Support section (Just under the top bar, last choice). Just choose your Kindle and what you want to do.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2011 12:18:38 PM PST
Yes. I did get a couple of books to my amazement!! I just have to keep a copy of this thread until I remember it completely!!! Thanks for everyone responding so fast!! I do love my kindle!! Paulette

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2011 12:21:02 PM PST
Ann this is what I apparently have been doing in the past. All of a sudden the books were on my kindle and I didn't know exactly how they got there because I didn't drag or copy!! Can't thank everyone enough!! Paulette

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 12:27:24 PM PST
Paulette, You could also go to the local Starbucks, McDonald's or Krispy Kreme and log on to their Wi-Fi to buy and download books wirelessly from Amazon.

Yes, I know this isn't what she asked, just trying to give her an option... Flame Away if that is what floats your boat.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 3, 2011 12:40:18 PM PST
Joe Lassiter says:
FIRST, FIRST, FIRST - Ensure Kindle is NOT plugged into the Computer. NOW - plug one end of the cable that came with the Kindle into the USB Port on the side of your Computer. THEN plug the other end of the same cord into the USB port found on the bottom of the Kindle.

SECOND, SECOND, SECOND, OPEN your Media files where your music is stored. I use Itunes because of the ease of using it. This has to be done. Once opened, reduce it to half screen.

THEN Left click START- Select and Left click - COMPUTER, Right side of the screen.

A window opens on the left side showing - Kindle (H) drive. (your drive may be different)
Left click on Kindle (H ),
The folders IN Kindle will open on the Right side of the window. One of them will be MUSIC.

If you left click on the Music folder it will open Amazon MP3. Here you can directly drag your Music files into the Amazon MP3 folder as opposed to dragging your Music files into the Music folder and then dragging into the Amazon MP3 folder. A big shortcut. This is a real time saver.

You were instructed to open Itunes earlier. You can now drag and drop music files from Itunes into Music folder or Amazon folder. NOTE; you may copy and paste if that is your preference.

NOW, Right click of the Kindle on the left side of your screen and select - EJECT. The Kindle will flash and go into the ON MODE.

NOW- you may unplug the Kindle from the USB cord and play your music by preforming these steps on the Kindle. HOME/MENU/EXPERIMENTAL/PLAY MUSIC.

Load as many or as few songs as you like. They will play in the order they were loaded on the Kindle. Pressing ALT -F will move forward to the next song. You cannot select the song to play.

NOTE; it is not necessary to turn the WI-FI on for the Kindle to transfer Music because use of the USB cord eliminates this step.

NOTE; If you have tons of music, PLEASE take the time to create PLAYLISTS in Itunes to sort your songs by Artists. It really simplifies swapping your music on the Kindle.

NOTE; Just so you are aware - there is an easy way to create new PLAYLISTS in Itunes. At the very bottom LEFT of Itunes there is a PLUS sign. Simply left click and a new PLAYLISTS will be automatically created. You can change the name of the PLAYLISTS to that of the Artist who songs you may be sorting.

Hope this information helps.
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