Transfer eBooks

How to transfer books to Kindle, Kindle Fire (HD), Kindle Paparwhite, Kindle for Android/iPad app from PC or Mac.

Step 1: Make sure your personal books are MOBI or PDF format.

Amazon Kindle does not support EPUB books, but support MOBI and PDF formats. You can follow this guide to convert EPUB books to MOBI with free Calibre.

Step 2: Transfer books to Kindle, Kindle Fire (HD) and Kindle apps from computer

Once the books are MOBI or PDF, we can easily transfer them from PC (or Mac) to Kindle, Paperwhite, Kindle Fire (HD), Kindle for Android / iPad app with USB or wirelessly.

For each case below, I mainly explain how to transfer MOBI eBooks to Kindle with USB, which also works on PDF docs. To transfer books to Kindle without a USB cable, you should first find out the device email address (mentioned in each case), then send your books to the given device/app address.

1. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and other Kindle E-ink readers

Here I take the Kindle Paperwhite for example.

#1 Connect the Kindle device to computer with the USB cable. It will be recognised as a “Kindle” drive.

#2 Drag and drop the MOBI books to the “documents” folder under Kindle drive.


#3 Eject Kindle from computer. The loaded books will display under “Device” Shelf.


Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address of Kindle Paperwhite:

Tap the menu icon (top right corner) from the home screen, then “Settings” -> “Device Options” -> “Personalize your Kindle” -> “Send-to-Kindle E-mail”.


For conventional Kindle, select “Settings” from the home screen menu and use the Next page and Previous Page buttons to get the Send-to-Kindle E-mail.

Transfer books to Kindle / Paperwhite wirelessly

2. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD

Note that Kindle Fire (HD) does not come with a USB cable. If you don’t have a USB cable, get the Send-to-Kindle email address of the Kindle Fire and transfer MOBI or PDF books to it wirelessly.

Here I take the Kindle Fire for example.

How to transfer MOBI or PDF books to Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD with USB:

#1 Connect your Kindle Fire (HD) to computer with the USB cable and it will be recognized as a Kindle drive.

#2 Copy and paste your MOBI books to the “Books” folder under the Kindle Fire (HD) Drive.


#3 Check the transferred books by tapping “Books” (on the top menu bar) then “Device”.


Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address of Kindle Fire:

Tap the top right corner, select “More…” -> “My Account” to get the device email address.


Transfer books to Kindle Fire (HD) wirelessly

3. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle for Android app

Here I take the Nexus 7 for example.

#1 Connect your Android tablet or smart phone to PC.

#2 Go to the “Kindle” folder of your Android device storage. Copy and paste the MOBI books to that folder.


#3 Tap the menu icon in the top right corner of Kindle app, then select “On Device” to check the transferred books.


Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address of Kindle for Android app:

Tap the menu icon (top left corner), then “Setting” to get the “Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address”.


Transfer books to Kindle for Android app wirelessly

4. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to iPad / iPod / iPhone Kindle app

There is no way to directly transfer MOBI books to Kindle iPad / iPod / iPhone app with iTunes. In this case, we can use Kindle email system to send personal MOBI books to the email address of Kindle for iPad app. PDF files can be transferred to iPad with iTunes (opened with iBooks by default) or with Kindle for iPad email address (opened with Kindle for iPad app by default).

We can also download the ebooks by the download link and select Kindle app to open it.

Send-to-Kindle E-mail Address of Kindle for iPad app:

Tap the gear icon in the bottom right corner and select “Send-to-Kindle Email Address”.


Transfer books to Kindle for iPad/iPod/iPhone wirelessly

5. Transfer MOBI/PDF books to Kindle wirelessly (without a USB cable)

As long as we know the email addresses of the Kindle devices or apps, we will be able to send DRM-free MOBI and PDF books to Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire (HD), Kindle for Android / iPad app wirelessly.

#1 Add your own (sender) email address to Kindle Approved Personal Document E-mail List.

Visit Manage Your Kindle, sign in, go to “Your Kindle Account” from the left side menu and select “Personal Document Settings”. Pay attention to the “Approved Personal Document E-mail List” and select “Add a new approved e-mail address.” Enter your e-mail address then click “Add Address.”


#2 Compose an empty email (empty subject and empty body), attach your MOBI or PDF docs and input the Send-to-Kindle E-mail address to send.


Tap sync icon on the Kindle device or Kindle app. In minutes, you will find the sent MOBI and PDF docs under “All Items” and “Docs” category (Cloud).


(This screenshot was taken on Nexus 7. )


When you transfer PDF books to Kindle from computer, you will find the books not shown under “Books” (on device) shelf or category. That’s right. PDF books typically display under “Docs” (on device) shelf.

If your purchased Kindle books are not auto synced due to an Internet issue, you can download the books to your computer (Amazon site -> “Manage Your Kindle” under “Your Account” -> “Actions…” -> “Deliver to my…” -> “Download and transfer via USB”) to download the books to your computer. The downloaded books are typically AZW3. Transfer them to your Kindle device or app according to steps above.

The bottom line

This guide is based on Windows OS, but it also works if you want to transfer books to Kindle from Mac. As long as the books are not protected and converted to Kindle supported formats (MOBI or PDF), we will be able to read eBooks from other sources without confining to Amazon.

How to read Kindle books on PC?

1. Download and Install the “Kindle for PC” by visiting:

2. Double click the *.mobi or *.pdf eBook and you will be able to read it.


How to read Kindle books on Nook?

Make sure your personal books are epub or PDF format

If your Kindle books are MOBI format, just use Calibre to convert formats from MOBI to EPUB.

1. plug in your USB cable to the nook and then into your USB input on your computer. Most computers have a USB input on the front these days and laptops on the side or back.

2. You will see windows recognize the device.

3. Right-click on Start and go to Explore.

4. Locate your ebook folder

5. Find the My Documents folder on your nook

6.Grab, drag and drop the ebook into the My Documents folder.

7. Repeat as necessary

8. Unplug nook from computer

9. On the nook do a Search For New Content

10. You new files should show up in the My Documents folder.