The Kindle Paperwhite is one of our favorite tech purchases. We love the fact that we can carry and read hundreds of books with a feature-rich, easy-on-the-eye e-ink display. If you’ve heard such praise about the Kindle and couldn’t resist buying one, your first question is probably: How do I start reading books on it? This article will show you ways to send e-books, documents and web pages to your Kindle reader.
Kindle supports a variety of document formats, and there are several ways to send them from your laptop or smartphone. However, there are several prerequisites for this, all of which will be explained in detail in this article. But before that, let’s take a look at the file extensions and formats you can read on your Kindle.
What formats does the Kindle Reader support?
Here are the document formats supported by the Kindle reader:
- Amazon KF8 eBook (.azw3)
- Amazon Print Replica eBook (.azw4)
- eBook EPUB (.epub)
- Mobipocket eBook (.mobi)
- PRC Unsecured eBook (.prc)
- PDF document (.pdf)
- Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx)
- Document in Rich Text Format (.rtf)
- Plain text document (.txt)
- HTML (.html)
These are all file formats that can be read on Kindle. Next, let’s look at the different ways to send files to your Kindle reader.
How to send books and other documents to Kindle
1. Transfer books to Kindle via USB
The easiest method is to use your Kindle reader as a pluggable USB device. Here’s how you can send eBooks, documents, and web pages to your Kindle eReader using this method.
Step 1: Connect your Kindle reader to your laptop via USB.
step 2: The Kindle reader will now show up under Devices and Drives.
step 3: You will now find a folder called Documents inside your Kindle drive. Copy and paste the document you want to send to your Kindle into this folder.
However, there are some file formats that you cannot directly send to Kindle via USB. For example, you can only read .epub files that are sent only by email. So you can use a tool called Caliber to quickly convert and send readable files to your Kindle.
2. Use Caliber to send an eBook to your Kindle
Caliber is a good eBook management service for both Windows and Mac. You can add, track, edit and convert all Kindle file formats. Here’s how you can use Caliber to send documents to your Kindle.
Step 1: Download and install Caliber on your system.
step 2: Once you open Calibre, click Add Books in the toolbar.
step 3: Next, browse and select the document.
Step 4: Connect your Kindle device via USB.
step 5: Select the document in Caliber and click Send to Device in the toolbar.
If your Kindle doesn’t support the selected document, you’ll be given the option to convert it to a readable format. That’s all you need to do to send e-books, documents and web pages to your Kindle reader.
However, if you prefer to send documents over a wireless network, you can send them via e-mail. Read our next section to learn more.
3. Send to Kindle email
Here’s how you can email documents to your Kindle. First, let’s search and find your Kindle’s email.
Step 1: Open the Amazon merchant website and sign in using the same email address you used to register your Kindle.
step 2: Click “Account and Lists”.
step 3: Select Manage your content and devices.
Step 4: On the Devices tab, select Kindle.
step 5: Select your registered Kindle.
Step 6: You can now see your Kindle reader’s email address. Copy the address.
Step 7: Finally, open your email service provider. Send an email to the address you just copied with the document you are about to send attached.
The above methods work when you send local files and documents to Kindle. However, if you just need to send purchased books to your Kindle reader, you can use Amazon’s website to do the same.
4. Send the book to your Kindle from the Amazon website
Step 1: Open the Amazon merchant website and click on Accounts and Listings.
step 2: Select Manage your content and devices.
step 3: On the Contents tab, you’ll see a list of purchased books.
Step 4: Select the book you want to send and click “Deliver”.
step 5: Now click on the “Selected Devices” dropdown menu.
Step 6: Now select your Kindle and click Deliver.
Here’s how you can send purchased eBooks to your Kindle device. Next, let’s look at sending URLs and web pages from your smartphone to your Kindle.
How to Send Web Pages to Kindle Using a Third-Party App
Let’s say you’re reading an interesting article on your phone and you might want to read it later on your Kindle – you can quickly send the URL to it. This is possible with third-party apps on iPhone and Android. Here’s how you can do it.
Share web pages with the Kinversion iPhone app
Step 1: Download the Kinversion app from the App Store.
After downloading the app, enter your Kindle email address.
step 3: Open the website you want to share and click the “Share” icon.
step 3: Select more in the sharing options and select Kinversion.
That’s all you need to do to send the URL to your Kindle. However, if you’re using an Android device, read the next section to send web pages to your Kindle via Android.
Share links on Android
Step 1: Download the Send to Kindle app from the Play Store.
step 2: Open the app and select “Email Configuration” in the sidebar.
step 3: Enter and save your Kindle email.
Step 4: Now open the web page you want to share. Tap the three-dot icon in the top right corner and tap Share.
step 5: Finally, select “Send to Kindle” and the web page will be present in the list of links in the app.
Step 6: Click the email icon, wait for it to convert the URL into a readable file, then enter your Kindle email address to send it.
These are all ways you can send eBooks, documents, and web pages to your Kindle reader. However, if you have any further questions, you can take a look at the frequently asked questions section below.
Frequently asked questions about sending eBooks to Kindle
EPUB files will only open on your Kindle if you email them. If not, you need to convert them to MOBI.
Tap the arrow icon at the bottom and select All settings. Now select “Your Account” and select “Unregister Device”. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to enter your new Amazon account details.
You can only do this if you unregister the device from the current account and add the account that holds the book you’re about to send.
Check that Airplane mode is turned off and that you are well connected to Wi-Fi on your Kindle.
Yes, as long as your Kindle email is entered correctly.
Yes, the Kindle email changes with another Amazon account.
MOBI is a great format for reading third-party eBooks on Kindle.
Tap the arrow icon at the bottom and select All settings. Now select “Your Account” and you will be able to see your Kindle email under “Email to send to Kindle”.
Happy reading on your Kindle Reader
So that marks the end of this guide where we showed you five ways to send eBooks, documents and web pages to your Kindle eReader. We hope this helped you download the content to your device. However, always make sure that your document is safe to use and is in the correct format. Happy reading!