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Initial post: Oct 1, 2011 12:20:30 PM PDT
Can I transfer Fire supported formatted files from my computer to the Kindle Fire for viewing?

Like my own MP3 and MP4

Content Formats Supported (per spec)

Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 8:16:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2011 8:18:00 AM PDT
Jong Kim says:
My son gets deployed on a Navy ship for months out to sea, with no access to WIFI or 3G in middle of no where. Can one transfer word documents (doc, docx) and PDF files from Windows PC to Kindle Fire using USB cable?

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 9:13:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2011 11:28:08 AM PDT
Robert - Yes.

Jong Kim - You would need to either email these documents to the Fire so that Amazon can convert the files for you or send an email to him with these documents attached so that he can read them. Directions for the conversion (which is easy) will be in the User's Guide. You can't just "drag and drop" them, but you will be able to provide him access.
ETA - I just looked at the Fire's description page and it appears you can just email documents directly - no conversion needed!

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 4:38:43 PM PDT
Now that there is great interest in the Fire (2000 pre-orders / hr) there should be an official site or thread that Amazon techs respond to unresolved questions. For example, I've seen on two different sites that the Fire includes Bluetooth but there is no official word that it is available. Supposedly an Amazon tech said no. Another question is whether the usb can support such things as keyboards or flash drives.

I'm only talking about questions as to form or function that can't be found by doing a thorough web search. Also, publishing a user guide for the Fire before release would be helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2011 8:09:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 7, 2011 8:11:26 PM PDT
Kevin Murphy says:
Jong Kim--

There are PC applications that can convert file formats. For books, "calibre" is pretty simple and bulletproof. It will convert any unprotected book file to "mobi" for Kindle to read. It will also keep a book library on the PC, and manage the downloading to the Kindle.

However, PDF files don't reformat easily and are not a good choice for Kindle. text files, word files or, best, the generic epub book-document file formats convert well to mobi.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 5:19:41 PM PST
Edgar ibarra says:
well, i have a very important question here,
Ahm ,
I didn't see it anywhere but , would you guys know if the kindle fire supports cbr files?,
or any alike , i'd really want the kindle to hold my small collection of scans and well seeing them in plain jpeg would really blow! so yeah thats my question,
thanks in advanced guys!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2011 6:22:40 PM PST
Steve Thomas says:
@Edgar ibarra

The Kindle does NOT directly support CBR files. However, you can disassemble a CBR file with WinRAR to individual scans, convert the scans to JPG format, and put them in sequence in an HTML file, then convert the HTML file to a MOBI eboook using Calibre. I know that sounds like a lot, but it's really not.

WinRAR will create a new directory on your PC for you, and place the scans in it, with filenames in order, that is 001, 002, 003, etc. You want to convert each of these files to JPG. That's really easy to do using Irfanview, a simple, easy-to-use freeware program from Then you create a text file in wordpad that looks like this:

<img src="001.jpg" /><br/>
<img src="002.jpg" /><br/>
<img src="003.jpg" /><br/>

and so forth, until you have a line like that for each scan. Name the file something like "mycomic.html" and put it in the same directory with the JPG files.

Open Calibre, and add mycomic.html to your library, then click on "convert books". It'll offer you options, and you can play around with them, or you can simply ignore them (I'd recommend at least setting the name and author of the book), and click "OK". In a minute or two, the screen will show that there are 0 tasks to be done, and you'll be able to click on "Path:Click To Open". That will reveal several files, one of which is your MOBI file.

You then open the "Documents" directory on your Kindle and drag the MOBI file to your Kindle. Voila! It should take you no more than 10 minutes to do all this the *second* time (the first time, you will spend some time downloading and installing software, and finding out how it works) and you'll have your time down to 5 minutes before long.

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Posted on Nov 8, 2011 5:19:55 AM PST
Edgar ibarra says:
@harl delos ,
oh great ill do that, it doesnt look like its hard to do, its something i didnt know how to do but with the now instructions ill sure have my comics on the kindle (once i get my hands on it),
I already have calibre ,
Thank you

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 5:30:19 AM PST
jojo2322 says:
I have a large PDF library, and a large music collection. In terms of a Kindle Fire this brings up two important questions for me:
1) Would I have to transfer files individually by email (a terrible pain)?
2) Once files are on my device, can they be moved to the Cloud for storage, or is the Cloud only for content purchased from Amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 10:32:52 AM PST
Steve Thomas says:

Your music is pretty simple. Kindle understands MP3 files, so it's easiest to just transload the files over the USB cable.

It is pretty easy to convert PDFs en masse with Calibre, and transload them over the USB cable. On the other hand, I just converted the PDF of my vacuum cleaner manual with Calibre and looked at it in K4PC. It was *terrible*, almost unusable. I then converted the PDF of a "Secrets of Real Estate Investing" book. It wasn't great, but it was readable. I don't know what category YOUR pdf files would fall into, and I don't know how well the Amazon conversion process would succeed. I would suggest that you take a representative file and try both processes and see what works best.

If you decide that they needed to be mailed, I suggest that you install Pegasus mail on your computer (free at It has the option of sending mail from the command line. You could capture the names of all your PDF files in a file (dir /b /a X:\path\libname/*.pdf > files.bat) and then edit files.bat in a text editor so that each filename becomes a command to mail the file to Amazon for conversion. Then you execute the file.bat batch file, and go take a name while your computer does most of the hard work.

It's my understanding that if Amazon does the conversion, that Amazon keeps a copy in the cloud, but I'm no expert on that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 10:51:42 AM PST
jojo2322 says:
Thanks Harl! That helps. It doesn't sound ideal, but it might be manageable. I'm a scientist, and all of the articles I read are in PDF. So I need the conversion to work pretty well because I need to be able to both read the text (which can have some complicated formatting) and see the embedded images. I'll try a couple of test conversions to see how it goes.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 8:02:54 AM PST
Christopher says:
Your other option could be what I'm doing thus far. You can drag/drop with a standard USB cable then use a File Manager app (such as AndroXplorer) to pull the files up. It's not as nice as having them in the Docs section, but it's less hassle than emailing all the files to yourself and hoping the conversion is acceptable.

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Posted on Nov 19, 2011 8:39:33 PM PST
R. Bork says:
You can transfer a variety of content from a Windows or Mac computer to your Kindle Fire through a USB cable (sold separately), including music, videos, photos, and documents. When your Kindle Fire is plugged into your computer, it will appear as a removable mass-storage device.

Note: Personal content transferred to your Kindle Fire is only stored on your device and not archived in Amazon Cloud.

source Link :

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 8:51:41 PM PST
Patrick says:
If you're looking to convert DVDs to Kindle Fire MP4 format and transfer them to your device, check out this tutorial. It uses free software and works great -

Posted on Nov 19, 2011 10:32:17 PM PST
Bin Lu says:
I copied some PDF and TXT files using a USB cable from my computer to the new kindle fire/document folder. I noticed that the PDF files show up but the TXT files and the directories do not. Isn't TXT supported data format? And if directory is not supported, document management will become messy.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 8:47:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2011 8:48:29 AM PST

I know that the fire supports JPEG but would it be possible to transfer and store jpegs directly to the fire using lets say a micro USB(male) to usb 2.0(female) and a card reader or usb cable to camera?. Furthermore can these then be uploaded to facebook? I am going travelling for a while and dont want to bring my laptop.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 2:29:43 PM PST
Steve Thomas says:
@Bin Lu
TXT files are not supported directly. If you download a copy of Calibre (freeware) to your computer, you can convert files to MOBI format, which Kindle understands. I open TXT files in OpenOffice (which is also freeware) so I can add bold, italics, adjust type sizes, center headlines, etc., and save in Rich Text Format before converting to MOBI.

You can copy directories complete with their contents to your /documents directory. When Kindle is in e-reader mode, it searches through all the directories as if everything was in the root directory. When Kindle is in emulate-external-hard-drive mode, it allows you to copy complete directory trees to the Kindle, or delete complete directory trees.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 2:33:26 PM PST
Steve Thomas says:
@Shane Mulhall
When you plug your USB cable into the Kindle, it "switches gears" and emulates an external hard drive. Unless your card reader or USB cable can deal with external hard drives, you can't do that.

If you didn't want to take your computer with you when you were traveling, you should have bought a desktop computer instead of a laptop; you get more computer for your money that way.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 2:38:29 PM PST
KathyB says:
Do we need the lighted cover for reading? How do you rate the reading on the fire? I have heard 2 different stories.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 3:04:01 PM PST
Bin Lu says:
I copied directories containing PDF files to /documents directory. Only the PDF files under root are listed (in e-reader mode), not the ones under other directories. Yes, I can copy/delete the directory trees to kindle. But I don't know why contents underneath cannot be read.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 3:08:43 PM PST
Keith Peters says:
You absolutely can just drag and drop them. Plug the Kindle fire into a computer and it should launch as an external storage device. You will probably need a file manager installed on the Kindle to access them though. There are several free ones in the Kindle Fire app store. You just open the file manager app, navigate to where the document is and click on it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2011 3:11:27 PM PST
Keith Peters says:
There is also one app in the Kindle Fire app store - Comicat, that is a full featured comic reader. It does cost $2.99 though. Using it now and it works great on a bunch of comics I have. A bit touchy on formats though. CBR is compressed with RAR compression. CBZ is compressed with ZIP compression. I had some files with a CBR extension that were actually CBZs. Most other comic readers didn't care, but with Comicat, I had to change the extension or it would not see them.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 5:33:41 PM PST
Bin Lu says:
In the Amazon limited time promotion site, I ordered a few free books and delivered them to my kindle(fire). But the books in my kindle remain the same (the new books are not shown up). It worked fine yesterday when I delivered a book that was purchased some time ago at amazon. I am not sure why this time it is not, because the books are free, need time to sync up, etc?

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