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How to backup Kindle to PC

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Initial post: Jan 9, 2012 9:26:10 PM PST
readalotta says:
I read somewhere that you can backup your Kindle books to a PC in case you ever lose your Kindle, then you can transfer them back over without having to re-download everything one at a time. Does anyone know where I can find the instructions to do this? I found how to do it one book at a time, but I want to do it en masse.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 9:29:27 PM PST
GnomeEd says:
All your books purchased from amazon are already backed up on the cloud.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 9:37:40 PM PST
As Ed says, all Amazon books are automatically backed up in the cloud. If you want to read them on your PC you can download the kindle for PC app for free and then download whatever books you want.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 9:38:52 PM PST
?wazithinkin says:
download the K4PC on to your computer. All Amazon books will be there.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 10:18:47 PM PST
C. S. Jones says:
A backup of the Amazon books from a Kindle are only readable on the Kindle they were copied from. If you lost your Kindle they would be unusable on a new Kindle. Same with a collection of books downloaded to the K4PC. When an Amazon book is downloaded it is encoded for use on the specific device that the download was selected for.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 9:38:17 AM PDT
G. Louque says:
So what does this mean? My Kindle has issues and has to go back but I want the books I purchased to be available on the new one.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 9:40:46 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
When you get the new one you have to download each book from your archives.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 10:08:59 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
Register your new Kindle to the same account your books are on and they will all be available in the archives/cloud tab on your new Kindle to download.

Posted on Jan 12, 2013 1:25:32 PM PST
shirley says:
My kindle has a problem and they sent me a new Kindle. I have to backup what is on old kindle to transfer to new one. I don't know how to do this. Can someone help me please!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013 2:01:21 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Read the other posts. The answers are there.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 1:00:14 AM PDT
hugh says:
can anything happen to the cloud storage, what if amazon go bust? many bigger companies have before!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2013 2:24:29 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
What if your house burned down with all your books in it? The what ifs can drive you crazy. Amazon is not going anywhere any time soon. The cloud storage is very secure right now. Amazon has back ups of back ups.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 5:06:35 PM PDT
Charlie says:
Amazon storage is secure and the company looks like it will be around a while, OTOH, if I had a bunch of Nook books I would be nervous and looking into DRM removal techniques.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 9:29:30 AM PDT
. I want to know how to backup pictures and the contacts information that are on my kindle. Everything here seems to be about books. My kindle is fading and I need to save that info. Can someone help me?

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 12:05:04 PM PST
Karonalady says:
My husband has an older kindle. He has many books on it. When he got an iPad, he downloaded the Kindle app and was able to access all those books via his Amazon acct. Recently he had a problem with his iPad and lost some of the books. They're still on his old Kindle, which he doesn't use much anymore (because why carry both?) so now he's lost those books for good? My issue is, he paid for them! If he had bought a hard copy of the book, it could be laying around the house for anyone to read. So why can't he get the books back for his Kindle iPhone app?

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 8:46:11 PM PST
Retired EE says:
Why is it so hard to comprehend the Amazon Cloud functionality. It is just a hard drive in the sky which is always accessible over the Internet when you register your Kindle or Kindle app and/or Amazon App Store on non-Kindle devices to your Amazon account. You cannot lose any Kindle eBook, video or app you purchased or got free from Amazon because they store it and back it up on their computers. You can delete your content from your account but if you don't do that it is always there and accessible to all your registered devices/apps.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2014 8:59:37 PM PST
Karonalady: Register the iPhone Kindle app to the same account that the iPad Kindle app was on, and then all the books on the account will be available to download and read from the cloud tab in the app.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2014 11:10:02 PM PST
Karonalady says:
I'm sorry, I didn't fully explain. We already had his iPad Kindle app registered with the same account as his Kindle. But since the problem with the iPad, some of his older Kindle books are no longer there. And Amazon Won't let him download them again for his iPad app. However the books are still on his old kindle. That's why I asked if there was a way to back up the Kindle on our PC so he can sync the books with the kindle app.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2014 11:14:20 PM PST
Karonalady says:
Please - it's not that the cloud is "hard to understand" - it's an iPad kindle app problem, not a Kindle problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2014 11:15:27 PM PST
Karonlady: Ebooks on one Kindle device or app can not be used on another one - they are encoded so that they can be used only on the device to which they are sent from Amazon.

Syncing does not sync ebooks, only things like furthest page read and bookmarks.

I think that you need to talk with Amazon CS. Use the Help link at the top of this page and then use either Call M e or Live Chat, NOT email.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2014 8:49:10 AM PST
I may be misunderstanding your intent with this comment, but it is only true that you can only read a book on the device to which they are sent from Amazon if you purchased it from one device and have not gone online to have it sent to another device registered to the same account, which you can easily do.

I frequently go to my Amazon "Manage Your Kindle" account on my desktop computer and have a book that I have purchased from one device sent to another Kindle device I have registered to the same account. I love Amazon products so I always have more than one Kindle device, and this would not make sense if I could only read a book I had purchased on one of them. So I guess it IS true that if I don't have the book sent to one of my other devices or access it through the cloud, I obviously can't read it on that device.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2014 8:56:43 AM PST
What did Amazon Customer service say to you that led you to believe they won't allow him to have those books on his iPad? We are trying to help here but the exact nature of the problem needs to be clear.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2014 9:10:21 AM PST
King Al says:
You are misunderstanding. What you are doing is sending a different copy of the book to your second device. If you copied that file to the first Kindle, it won't work.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 7:46:19 AM PDT
Ahmad says:
I lost my pictures on my kindle plz help me to backup all my pics

In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2014 11:48:22 AM PDT
What about the "sample books" that I've put on my Kindle II and Kindle for PC so that I can look at these for
potential purchase? How can I 'back this up' to Cloud? I have spent hours on finding the right samples to
review, so I would not want to lose these due to any computer or Kindle malfunction.

Can the samples be backed up to the Cloud also? This would be very important in terms of not wasting the time
(hours) spent looking for them!!
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