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Kindle How-To: Transferring Files Via USB

Posted by admin on December 16, 2009

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Transferring Files Via USB

Both Macintosh and Windows users can download and transfer Kindle content, personal documents, and MP3 and Audible files from their computers to their Kindle/Kindle DX through the USB connection. When your Kindle/Kindle DX is plugged into your computer, your Kindle/Kindle DX will appear as a removable mass-storage device.

System Requirements

  • Windows-based: Windows 2000 or later.
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.2 or later.
  • USB port: An available port or an attached USB hub with an available port.

Making the Connection

The illustration below shows a Kindle and a laptop computer connected through the USB cable.

Illustration of Kindle connected to a computer via USB

To connect Kindle to your computer:

  1. Plug the larger end of the USB cable into an available USB port or a powered USB hub connected to your computer.
  2. Connect the other end of the USB cable to the micro-USB port on the bottom of your Kindle/Kindle DX.

When connected to your PC, your Kindle/Kindle DX will go into USB drive mode and its battery will be recharged by the computer. Your Whispernet service is temporarily shut off and you will not receive any of your subscriptions while in this mode. Also, your Kindle/Kindle DX is not usable as a reading device while you are in USB drive mode, but will return right to where you were when you undock the device from your computer.

Tip: If you’d like to continue reading your Kindle/Kindle DX while its battery is being charged by the computer, you will need to release it from USB drive mode by undocking or ejecting the Kindle/Kindle DX from the computer. Note that it is always best to use your computer to undock or eject your Kindle/Kindle DX before disconnecting the USB cable. Consult your computer manual for details on how to properly disconnect a USB storage device.

To move files to and from Kindle:

  1. Connect your Kindle/Kindle DX to your computer as described above. Your Kindle/Kindle DX 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/Kindle DX.
  3. When finished, using your computer’s undock feature to remove your Kindle/Kindle DX.

Remember, Kindle/Kindle DX will only recognize transferred files if:

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

Source: Amazon.

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2 Responses to “Kindle How-To: Transferring Files Via USB”

  1. Caleb Konieczka said

    I had my kindle DX delivered last month. And must say I am pleased as a punch :). I did some research on google and also asked my friends for feedback. Finally bought it from Kindle Store. I am so happy with it after having downloaded ebooks from Amazon. I just love it!

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