Get Docs onto Your Kindle Fire - dummies

Get Docs onto Your Kindle Fire

To get a doc onto your Kindle Fire, you can sideload it from your PC or Mac by using the optional Micro-B connector ($10 from Amazon) or e-mail it to yourself at your Kindle e-mail address (locate this address by opening your Docs library; it’s listed near the top).

If you send a document to your Kindle e-mail address, the file appears in your Docs library automatically. Kindle formats (.mobi and .azw) are also supported, and some documents will be converted to this format automatically. Kindle Fire even supports compressed (Zip) file formats and automatically unzips them when they’re transferred to your device via e-mail.

Although you can view these documents, at this point in time, you can’t edit them on your Kindle Fire.

To sideload docs to your Kindle Fire, purchase a micro-B cable from Amazon or another source, and then follow these steps:

  1. Attach the micro-B end of the cable to your Kindle Fire.

  2. Attach the USB end of the cable to your computer.

    Your Kindle Fire will appear as a drive in Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder.

  3. Click the appropriate choice to open and view files on the drive that appears.


  4. Click and drag files from your hard drive to the Docs folder in the Kindle Fire window.

    You can also copy and paste documents from one drive to the other.

  5. Tap the Disconnect button on your Kindle Fire to safely eject the Kindle Fire from your computer.

You can now unplug the micro-B cord from your Kindle Fire and computer.

Docs are only stored on your Kindle Fire, not backed up to the Amazon Cloud. If you want to back up documents, use the micro-B cable to copy them back to your computer.