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How to download all archived content at once onto a Kindle 2?

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Initial post: Feb 26, 2010 8:30:32 AM PST
I have a lot of books in my Kindle archived content area that I've been using with the Kindle reader on my iPhone. I recently purchased a Kindle 2 and would like to download all of the archived content onto my Kindle. I would like to avoid doing it one at a time either from the Kindle or from the Amazon Kindle management page, since that would take a long time. I must be missing something obvious, but how do I download all archived items in one batch?

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 8:33:08 AM PST
S. Willett says:
As far as I know, there is no batch download of all items available. Others have mentioned wanting this capability also but I haven't seen it yet. I'd suggest just doing it one by one as you need them. Also, if you do download a lot at once, make sure the Kindle is plugged in for a while ... it eats a lot of battery to index all the new downloads.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2010 8:43:41 AM PST
Thanks, that's good to know. I thought I was missing an obvious feature.

This would make transitioning to a new device a lot harder. Given that Amazon touts the Kindle's ability to store up to 1,500 books, you would think they would want to make it easy for people to batch transfer books, rather than having to select up to 1,500 different items, one at a time.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 8:49:44 AM PST
Pamela says:
Yes, that's always been my thought process. When changing Kindles how can you expect someone to re-download more than 50 items singly, and even that's a stretch. Amazon books alone I have 548 and the thought of doing them one by one is ridiculous.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 10:09:41 AM PST
Be aware that when adding content to a new Kindle, even from archives, that it will take time for the K to complete the indexing of the content. So, my suggestion is to do it a little slower than one batch, AND keep it plugged in as the indexing will eat up the battery.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 10:15:15 AM PST
@Richard Askenase: how does one check on the status of the indexing?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2010 10:20:24 AM PST
But do you really need to re-download them all at once? I'd be more likely to download as needed, just to make it easy to handle the indexing. Since the archive is always right there, ready to download, why not do it in small, easily "digested" segments?

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 10:22:37 AM PST
V. Strickler says:
I just left my Kindle plugged in overnight with the whispernet on and my books were all downloaded to my K2 by the next morning.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2010 10:26:28 AM PST
@M. Francis: What about if you've had the Kindle for a year, and have a few hundred books on it? Let's say the Kindle dies or Amazon comes out with a new one, so you get a replacement or new Kindle. And let's say you want all the books you had on your previous Kindle, on your new Kindle. I don't think that's an unreasonable scenario.

The reason for not doing it in small, easily digested segments, as you put it, is because, 1) how do we know what small, easily, digested segments are, and 2) I don't want to have to sit in front of my computer for a couple hours if I can just tell it to transfer all the books, let my Kindle receive the books and index them overnight while I go do other things.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2010 10:27:07 AM PST
@V. Strickler: If they were not in your archived items, yes. But this discussion is about transferring items from your Archived Items collection to your Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2010 10:33:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 26, 2010 10:34:02 AM PST
I agree it's not an unreasonable scenario. I just don't see the point of having the 46 pages of titles I currently own all transfer at one time - I'm not going to read them all at once. Why would I transfer them all at once? And why would I sit in front of my computer to transfer them at all? I'd just do it from the Kindle itself, as I wanted to read them. YMMV.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 10:40:17 AM PST
sabst79 says:
This may be completely off base and unrealistic, but. . . What if you called Kindle CS and asked them if they could do it? They access the kindle for trouble shooting purposes, maybe they have a capability to transfer all your books from the archive? Can't hurt to ask, worst case is that they'll say no and you'll be no worse off than you are now.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 10:42:21 AM PST
I think if you check on the final page of your home list, it will tell you if any books are not yet or are awaiting indexing.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 10:47:26 AM PST
@:M. Francis: I might want to transfer them all at once if I was going on a long trip out of the country and didn't want to incur fees for using Whispernet outside the US. Or if I just wanted to have all my books on the Kindle; since it can hold all the books, why not have them all on the Kindle at the same time? You're not going to eat all the food in your refrigerator all at once, yet you still have more than one item at a time in there, right?

@sabst79: I suppose that's the only other option at this point, aside from potentially sitting in front of your computer for a long time.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2010 10:51:25 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2010 10:54:30 AM PST
@M. Francis: So when you go to the supermarket, you never buy something that you will eat on a later date?

The point is that for whatever reason, [I'm going out of the country, I just feel like it, etc...], some people might want to download all [or a portion] of their archived items onto their Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2010 11:01:57 AM PST
sabst79 says:
Maybe someone will create an app for it, now that Amazon is opening the kindle to apps.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2010 2:33:25 PM PST
@Richard Askenase: On my Kindle, it doesn't show that on the final home page. However, if I do a search, the results list will show which books have not yet been indexed.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 9:24:22 PM PST
W.W.D.H.G. says:
When you do go to arcives on the kindle 2, while the book is highlighted click the 5 way controller to the right, and you will get a prompt to download. Click that and the download process will begin for that book while your still on the arcive page. You can keep doing this for as many books you want. It is like right click, download, stroll down to the next book right click, download, stroll down and so on. One thing to keep in mind however is the more books you try to dowload at once the slower the process will be. Take for instance if you do five books it might take 5 minutes to download, if you try ten at once, about 8 minutes. 50 books, maybe an hour and a half.

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 10:43:39 AM PDT
MOG says:
my archived books should read 29 on my kindle but somehow it now says 0. When I go online all my books are there. How do I download them to me archived file again. very annoying.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2011 10:47:56 AM PDT
Turn on the wireless and do a sync. If that doesn't work, de-register the Kindle and then re-register it. One of those two procedures usually does the trick.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2011 10:48:47 AM PDT
MOG says:
thks will do that now.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2011 10:52:12 AM PDT
MOG says:
have tried to do that but now it is say your kindle is unable to connect at this time. please try later. if the problem persists restart your kindle from the menu in settings and try again. I have had this message everytime I try to sync it. I have tried turning it on and off, have removed the kindle for pc and restored it - nothing

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 10:53:42 AM PDT
Which Kindle model do you have?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2011 10:56:52 AM PDT
MOG says:
kindle 2
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