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Adding Kindle Books via USB Cable not wireless

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Initial post: Mar 28, 2011 11:43:20 AM PDT
I'm not at home right now and I'm having issues transferring books onto my kindle (3rd generation) with the USB Cable. I don't have the 3G one with the wireless into it, so I either need to do it via wireless or the USB cable. And right now the wireless isn't an option.

When i'm at home i use my router and it's not problem... but I'm not home and not sure when I'll be getting home and I want to upload some new books.

I've got the link on how to do it, I just don't quite understand the directions. Goodness knows why they couldn't make this easier to do and have more pictures of the step by step process..

I plus the USB cable into my kindle and into my laptop. I eject it from my computer per instructions.
Windows Vista and 7: Click on the Start button, select "Computer" from the options, right-click on the Kindle drive icon and select "Eject" from the pop-up menu.

When i do that it goes from Kindle (G:) to Removable Disk (G:)

Now the next part is where I get stuck...

To move files to and from Kindle:

1. Connect your Kindle to your computer as described above. Your Kindle should appear on your computer in the same location you would normally find an external USB drive.
2. Use your computer's file browser to drag and drop files to and from Kindle.
3. When finished, use your computer's undock, eject, or unmount feature to remove your Kindle.

Remember, Kindle will only recognize transferred files if:

* File types are listed in the Files Kindle Recognizes section below.
* File are transferred to the correct folder for their type.
* Files are free of digital rights management software.

I dont get the drop and drag, I know how to do drop and drag just not with this. It doesn't want to work for me. I can't save books on to the "computer" file area, I just don't know what i am doing wrong and how to fix it.

Can you please dumb down the instructions or help me more step by step on what to do. Oh and my complaint would be to make it much easier to transfer data via USB cable to the kindle... this is crazy that it's this hard... ok rant off.....

Thanks for the help !!!

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 11:46:52 AM PDT
From Manage Your Kindle, choose Transfer via Computer. Then drag and drop those files to the Documents folder on your Kindle, whatever drive that may be. Safely eject before you disconnect.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 11:47:43 AM PDT
It sounded to me as if the OP was ejecting his Kindle before transferring the files. That would be wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 11:50:07 AM PDT
sabst79 says:
I dont think you should be ejecting before transferring. Once you eject, the computer won't see the Kindle as a drive and you won't be able to drag and drop to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 11:52:12 AM PDT
I wondered about that, too, and I'm still unclear. Maybe those steps were just posted here out of order? I don't know.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 11:58:59 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
If you've ejected the Kindle, you won't be able to see it to transfer the files. Ejecting it is so you can read while it charges through the USB...but you can't do other things through the USB.

I'm between things, so I didn't have a chance to read the post thoroughly. You might find this thread interesting, though:

(Amazon thread relevant to the discussion)

Bufo Calvin
Amazon Author Central page:

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 12:07:11 PM PDT
1. hook up through USB
2. Download the file to somewhere on your computer where you can find it... do that by doing 'tranfer via computer' either when buying the book, or after buying, from
3. Find the file on your computer, right click, copy
4. go to the Kindle drive, open it, open documents folder, past
5. eject

essentially, you shouldn't eject so soon. once you eject, you cannot transfer files anymore

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 12:11:01 PM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
As others have said, you plugged in the Kindle to do some work (transfer files to it). Only after you finish the work should you eject the Kindle. Think of it as plugging in the coffee pot to make coffee and then immediately unplugging it before you put in the coffee and water and press the On button.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 12:12:32 PM PDT
Thanks for the link Buffo,

Going step by step...

Putting the file on the Kindle:

1. Download the file to a place you can find it again. You could have a folder for "Kindle transfer", but that's just for convenience
*** I just did that.

2. Connect the big end of the USB cord that came with your Kindle to the computer, with the diagram side (the "Vulcan fork") facing up
*** did that as well. The page now reads if you want to read or shop on your kindle while continuing to charge.. ect... must eject your kindle from your computer.

NOTE: On the Kindle 2 and Kindle DX, the USB cord is the same as the power cord. The part that plugs into the power outlet in the wall just slides off to reveal the connector.
*** ok

3. Connect the small end of the USB cord to your Kindle, again, Vulcan fork side up. Your Kindle should go into "USB mode". It will show the Vulcan fork on the screen
*** ok

4. Go into your Windows Explorer on your computer (These instructions assume you are using a PC, not a Mac). You can use the Windows button (four wavy squares next to your alt key next to your spacebar usually) + E. If you don't see that key (it's possible you don't have it), you can right-click on the Start menu and choose Explore
*** ok

5. You should see your Kindle as a "drive" (it normally says Kindle). Drag the file from where you saved it into your Kindle's documents folder. If you don't see the documents folder, click the little "plus box" next to your Kindle drive
*** I did drop and drag the file in the specially made folder into the kindle (G:) file on the computer page from above. But how do i get it transferred from that file on my laptop onto the kindle?

6. "Safely remove" your Kindle. In the bottom right corner of your computer screen (near the clock), you will typically see a grey rectangle with a green arrow. You might need to click a right facing chevron (like an arrowhead without the stick) to see it. You may see a choice for a USB storage device. After you click on that one, it should show you a choice for the Kindle. If it tells you the Kindle can not be stopped at this time, don't disconnect it. If it won't let you safely remove, you can shut down the computer. When the Kindle shows you the regular screen, it is safe to disconnect.
*** but i didn't actually transfer anything onto the kindle. Just copied the file from one folder on my laptop into another.

7. Your Kindle should come out of USB mode (and show you a normal screen). If it's a K2, it will be charging
*** nothing was transferred

8. You should see the title in your homescreen
*** not there, can't see the home screen until the next step of removing the kindle from the laptop.

9. Disconnect the small end of the USB cord from your Kindle

10. Disconnect the large end of the USB cord from your computer

so how do i actually actively transfer the info. What am i doing wrong?

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 12:17:14 PM PDT
but how do i actually transfer the info. I see the file now on the computer file page when i open the kindle page there. But if I right click to open the file it tries to open it with the PC kindle version that is installed on my laptop.

Have any of you actually done this before yourself? Or are you just going by the instructions given?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 12:22:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2011 12:23:16 PM PDT
sabst79 says:
Is it inside the documents folders in the kindle? copying the file to the kindle is transferring it. if you open the Kindle drive, there should be a Documents folder, is the book file in that folder? if not, that's where it needs to go.

you don't open the file on your computer, you just copy it.

Also, when you downloaded the file to your computer from, did you choose "Transfer via computer" and did you pick the Kindle you're trying to transfer to as the device?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 12:26:46 PM PDT
Tegan says:
*** I did drop and drag the file in the specially made folder into the kindle (G:) file on the computer page from above. But how do i get it transferred from that file on my laptop onto the kindle?

The G folder *IS* the Kindle. That's what it looks like as it is connected. You need to put the file into the Documents folder that's in the G folder.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 12:54:03 PM PDT
Sabst by jove I think I've got it now !!!!! man they sure could have made their instructions a million times better and I actually understand a fair bit about computers......

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2011 3:22:51 AM PDT
BevHarro says:
You are not alone - I also did not realise that once transferred from computer to Kindle drive that it then had to be put in the documents folder in the Kindle drive. Actually boobed again yesterday forgetting the last step.
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