Transfer Kindle Books to Your Kindle via USB

If you don't have a Wi-Fi connection, you can transfer Kindle books, magazines, and newspapers from a computer to your Kindle e-reader via USB.

Video: Transferring Content from Your Computer

You can transfer books, magazines, and newspapers from a computer via USB to your Kindle e-reader, 3rd generation or newer. See Which Kindle E-reader do I have? if you're not sure which Kindle e-reader model you're using.

Purchased content from the Kindle Store is stored in the Cloud and is available for transfer from Manage Your Content and Devices.

To transfer content from a computer to your Kindle:

For any Kindle e-reader, 6th generation or newer:

  1. Go to Manage Your Content and Devices and locate the content you want to transfer to your Kindle.
  2. Select the Actions drop-down menu, select your Kindle, and then click Download.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select your Kindle, and then click Download.

    Important: Note which folder you download your content file to. You will transfer your content from this folder to your Kindle.

  4. Connect your Kindle to your computer with the USB cable.

    Your Kindle appears in the same location on your computer that external USB drives appear.

    • Windows: Your Kindle appears in the Computer or My Computer folder.
    • Mac: Your Kindle appears on the desktop.

  5. Open the Kindle folder, and then open the documents folder.
  6. Locate the downloaded file on your computer, and then drag and drop the compatible file into the documents folder within the Kindle folder.
  7. Safely eject your Kindle from your computer.
  8. For touch-screen devices, make sure that you are on the Downloaded tab to view your downloaded Kindle content.

For Kindle Keyboard (3rd Generation), and Kindle (5th Generation):

  1. Go to Manage Your Content and Devices and locate the content you want to transfer to your Kindle.
  2. Select the Actions button next to the title, and click Download & Transfer via USB.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select your Kindle, and then click Download.

    Important: Note which folder you download your content to. You will transfer your content from this folder to your Kindle.

  4. Connect your Kindle to your computer with the USB cable.

    Your Kindle appears in the same location on your computer that external USB drives appear.

    • Windows: Your Kindle appears in the Computer or My Computer folder.
    • Mac: Your Kindle appears on the desktop.

  5. Open the device folder, and then open the Documents folder or Internal Documents folder.
  6. Locate the downloaded file on your computer, and then drag and drop the compatible file into the appropriate folder. Depending on your device type, the folder names may vary.
  7. Safely disconnect your device from your computer once the transfer is complete.

For Kindle Touch (4th Generation):

  1. Go to Manage Your Content and Devices and locate the content you want to transfer to your Kindle.
  2. Select the Actions button next to the title, and click Download & Transfer via USB.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select your Kindle, and then click Download.

    Important: Note which folder you download your content to. You will transfer your content from this folder to your Kindle.

  4. Connect your Kindle to your computer with the USB cable.

    Your Kindle appears in the same location on your computer that external USB drives appear.

    • Windows: Your Kindle appears in the Computer or My Computer folder.
    • Mac: Your Kindle appears on the desktop.

  5. Open the device folder, and then open the Documents folder or Internal Documents folder.
  6. Locate the downloaded file on your computer, and then drag and drop the compatible file into the appropriate folder. Depending on your device type, the folder names may vary.
  7. Safely disconnect your device from your computer once the transfer is complete.
  8. Connect your Kindle to your computer with the USB cable

If you want to listen to music while you're reading, you can transfer your MP3 files from your computer to your Kindle Touch via USB. Kindle only supports MP3 audio files. AAC, WAV, MP3 files with Digital Rights Management (DRM), and other music file formats are not supported.

Tip: While there is no limit to the number of MP3 files and audiobooks that you can transfer to your Kindle, keep in mind that these files are larger, and space may become a consideration.

  1. Connect your Kindle to your computer with the USB cable.

    Your Kindle appears in the same location on your computer that external USB drives appear.

    • Windows: Your Kindle appears in the Computer or My Computer folder.
    • Mac: Your Kindle appears on the desktop.

  2. Open the Kindle folder, and then open the music folder.
  3. Locate the MP3 on your computer, and then drag and drop the compatible music file into the music folder in the Kindle folder.
  4. Safely eject your Kindle from your computer.
  5. From your Kindle, press the Home button, select the Menu, and then select Experimental.
  6. Select MP3 Player to listen to music while you read.

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