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Initial post: Jun 19, 2014 12:31:05 AM PDT
Where on my computer are my Kindle books? I am supposed to have 17 items my Kindle says. 16 downloaded and 1 archived. I can click on them and read them okay but I can't find them on my hard drive to make backups and save them elsewhere. And what's the archived one? How did that come about? What does that mean? I found a directory under My Documents (WinXP here) called 'My Kindle Content' and I supposed that was it but there's just a long list of gobblygook in there. Are those my books?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 12:34:34 AM PDT
Yes, those are your book files. Why would you want to make backups and move them somewhere else? All of your Amazon purchased books are already stored in your Amazon account for you. You can download them onto other devices from your Archives/Cloud at any time.

On the Kindle for PC, Archives = books you own that aren't currently downloaded onto your device.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 3:07:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2014 4:23:44 AM PDT
I didn't know that. You mean they're up there on Amazon's servers with me listed as having the right download them again? Well that's a beauty if that's right.

I'm used to losing hard drives. I lose two or three a year one way or another. I mean the drive might not crash but the OS gets hopelessly corrupted and I wipe everything and forget I had stuff on it I wanted to keep..

So nowadays I try to back up everything I might possibly want and just today I thought about my Kindle books....

Looks like I'm worrying about nothing..

Thanks. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 9:13:27 AM PDT
Miss Carol says:
This makes it nice - because if you get enough books on your device - it starts to slow down. With Amazon keeping copies for you - you can just have enough on there to make you feel like you won't run out of things to read and leave the rest in the cloud!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 9:21:49 AM PDT
It also means that if you get another Kindle, or decide you want to read on your cell phone, you can register those devices to the account and download the books to those, too. My sister and I share my account. We each have our own Kindles (lots of them), and we can read the books on any of them. We can read the same book at the same time in different locations, too.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 3:30:07 PM PDT
'register those devices..' What does that mean? There's some kind of official 'registering' or you just refer to the process of logging into kindle with the device?

I don't know anything about anything but my own desktop computer - have no ipods,ipads,notebooks or even fancy cellphone capable of downloading a book (i think). So it is all new to me.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 10:57:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2014 10:59:26 PM PDT
Brewingbiker says:
When you have a Kindle or application that reads kindle (books from Amazon), you register them to your account. This enables Amazon to send any purchased (even the ones 'purchased' for free) to that device or application. When you first enable the kindle, application, software (whatever) that reads the Amazon books on your PC, Mac, Ipad, Kindle (whatever) it will have a menu point to allow you to register to your account at Amazon.
In your case, you need the software thats compatible to your computer. Download it from Amazon so you can read the books. Go through the steps. Since you are on the forums, you have an account. Register your program to said account.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2014 11:19:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2014 11:23:57 PM PDT
CatChat says:
which kindle reading app do you have? we can post some helpful "new to kindle" links, but it helps to know the specific app.

ETA: I'll list a few to hopefully get you started. each link in this post will send you to a page with all the helpful and need to know links to get you started:

Kindle for PC

Kindle for Windows 8

Kindle for Cloud Reader

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 2:46:14 AM PDT
Well thanks for all that. I'll check out the links over the weekend. for the moment I just fired up my kindle thing and it says: version 1.10.8 (40514) Last updated: 4/4/2014 and hovering over the icon in the taskbar says 'Kindle for PC 2'

That's all I know.

As for using it - well I do that all the time, that's no problem. Here on this computer.

Anything beyond that: sheer mystery. Everything you're telling me is new to me.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 4:15:57 AM PDT
Do you have a friend or family member who has a Kindle? It's easier if someone walks you through it in person, and shows you some tips.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 3:56:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2014 3:58:29 PM PDT
So they effectively give you numerous copies? That's a very nice feature. A nice change from the parsimonious attitude we 've gotten used to with such as Microsoft renting everything to you and all and sundry forbidding copying....

And that earlier post: friends with Kindle.. No, I don't. Not that I know of. But what do I need to have 'walked through' ? I read my books... Is there something else, something quite significant, that I should be aware of?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2014 4:18:03 PM PDT
No, not really. If it's working the way you want it to, you're golden.

BTW - You can have an unlimited number of Kindles and Kindle apps registered (the sign onto your Amazon account thing) to an account. You can usually only have a book downloaded onto six devices simultaneously, however.

So that means, you can read your book on one device and then read it on another and it will sync your last page read.

I have 11 Kindles and Kindle apps registered to my account. One of those Kindles belongs to a friend. He and I can read the same book at the same time, too.
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