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Initial post: 28 Apr 2011, 00:27:32 BST
Rozzie says:
Ok, so I've have my usb cable connecting my PC to my Kindle. How do I transfer books I've downloaded from smashwords to my kindle. I've read on here to drag and drop but it ain't happening. In advance don't get angry with me.

Posted on 28 Apr 2011, 02:06:10 BST
Last edited by the author on 3 May 2011, 01:26:49 BST
metier says:
Once connected, open Windows Explorer. Click on 'My Computer' In the dropdown menu your Kindle should be shown as a drive. E, F, or G, etc Click on 'Kindle' and in the dropdown menu there's a 'documents' folder.
Drag and drop your downloaded books from smashwords into that folder.
Providing they're in a Kindle readable format, Mobi, AZW, PDF etc, you'll be able to read them.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2011, 09:44:00 BST
Rozzie says:
Success. Thanks Metier.

Posted on 28 Apr 2011, 10:08:59 BST
Blondey says:
Metier, I too am struggling with this. I have books on my PC in Kindle for PC and I have tried to drag and drop but it won't let me pick them up. I am tired of trying and please like Shizania don't be angry. I am totally illiterate when it comes to this sort of thing.
Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2011, 10:44:33 BST
DaveyH says:
The Amazon files for 'Kindle for PC' will not work on your Kindle. If you want to transfer them using teh USB method you have to download them again. In the Manage Your Kindle page there is an option in the 'Deliver to' dropdown (next to each of the books) to Transfer via computer. If you select that there is another little pop up that asks which Kindle you want to download for and you can then save the file to your computer.

Then simply drag n drop.

Posted on 28 Apr 2011, 18:37:59 BST
metier says:
A point I should have mentioned. When you drag and drop files from smashwords, or any source other than Amazon into the Kindle 'documents' folder, choose 'copy here' rather than 'move here'.
That way you can delete them from your Kindle once read, without losing them altogether.
Personally, I created a folder named 'My ebooks' for those books d/loaded from smashwords, or any of the other d/load sites.
I believe others use Calibre to store their d?loaded books, but that's too complicated for me. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2011, 20:11:21 BST
Or, if you can connect your kindle to the internet (wifi or 3G) the books in your Kindle for PC (if they are bought from Amazon) should appear in the Archive folder (try sync and check for new items if they're not there), then you can just click on them to download to your kindle.

If they are non Amazon books in your Kindle for PC app, you won't be able to copy them from within Kindle for Pc, you'll have to locate them on your pc and drag and drop from there - if you can't find them, they'll probably be in a folder called My Kindle Content under your My Documents folder

Posted on 28 Apr 2011, 21:13:08 BST
Download Calibre - it isn't too difficult to use. Basically once you have calibre (it's free) on your PC you can then drag and drop your ebooks on your pc into Calibre. You can use calibre to convert the books into Mobi format so they can be read on your Kindle

Once you attach your kindle to your PC or Mac it will eventually show on calibre -you can then drag and drop the books onto the picture of the Kindle on the top of the calibre page and thats it! Done!

When you Download calibre it will ask what eREader you have - it then knows which format your eReader uses.

Posted on 28 Apr 2011, 23:53:18 BST
X21 says:
@shizania, @Blondey - which format are your (non Kindle Store) books in? The Kindle can open MOBI, AZW and (as a PDF rather than a Kindle 'book') PDF files.

If they're not in that format, or you have a PDF, Word document etc. that you want to convert, email to your Kindle address and Amazon will Convert it - make sure the subject of the email is "Convert" and you have attached the file. The you just download them on the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2011, 00:01:02 BST
Rozzie says:
Thanks Metier, Chookgate and Bunnydrumming I installed calibre a few months ago shortly after I received my kindle and have followed your advice and transferred the said books. Thanks again. Not so painful after all asking questions on this forum.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2011, 09:39:47 BST
Mr. A. Neil says:
The added benefit with Calibre is that it can e-mail the books to your Kindle ... I've never yet plugged my Kindle into my PC.

Posted on 29 Apr 2011, 10:14:38 BST
Ann says:
I downloaded calibre after reading everyone here raving about it but I have yet to find a use for it. So please anyone don't think it's an essential add on to the kindle. And I don't plug my kindle to the PC either, I just email anything I want on the kndle to my free.kindle.com email address.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2011, 20:52:30 BST
DaveyH says:
You're right Ann, it's not essential. But plenty of us do find it useful.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2011, 00:23:36 BST
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2011, 03:19:53 BST
metier says:
IMO there is one good reason for plugging your Kindle into your computer., and that is that without transferring them to your computer you can't delete any books from smashwords, obooko, etc, from your Kindle without losing them.

They don't go into your archive at Amazon, so if you wanted to read them again, or allow someune else to read them from your Kindle, you'd have to d/load, and maybe convert them again.

Personally I d/load all 'outsourced' books to a folder on my computer. Even those in mobi format. From there I can either copy them directly to my Kindle, or email them to my Kindle, and have Amozon convert those that need it, or using Calibre, convert them myself.

Doing it that way means I can delete any book I have read from my Kindle, as Amazon books will go into my Amazon archive, and copies of all my outsourced books remain in the ebook d/load folder in my computer.

ATM there are about 20 free books in my d/load folder in PDF format, after a visit last night to obooko.com. I have created two extra folder within the d/load folder. One for PDF books only and another for the synopsis of the ebooks I have. Each book only took about two minutes to d/load, along with it's synopsis. I can now convert them as and when required.
Amd before anyone points it out, I prefer reading my books in Mobi format rather than PDF

If I had emailed them all to my Kindle for conversion, not only would it have taken quite a long time, I'd also have had to copy them over to my computer, in order to keep it relatively uncluttered and ensure that upon deletion I wouldn't lose them altogether.

I know folders can be created on the Kindle to store read books, but I find it easier and more convenient to do it my way.

Posted on 30 Apr 2011, 09:01:23 BST
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2011, 09:03:09 BST
Ann says:
@Metier, I do have my non-Amazon books backed up on computer. I get books from Smashwords etc, download to computer and then email it to my free.kindle.com address keeping a copy in a kindle folder on computer. All is backed up here.

And when sending to kindle by email Amazon sends a link in email and I download the converted book from there to keep as back up.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2011, 20:21:22 BST
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2011, 20:23:31 BST
metier says:

If you don't mind me saying so, that is a rather inneficient and long-winded way of transferring books from your computer to your Kindle.

So, you d/load a book in Kindle Mobi format to your computer from smashwords etc, and then email it to your Kindle. You don't differentiate between books already in Mobi format, and those that need converting. Is that right?

In my opinion it is so much easier and simpler to connect your kindle to your computer, then drag and drop any Mobi format book straight into the Kindles 'document' folder using the 'copy here' option rather than 'move here' and only email those that need converting.

That way your d/loaded Mobi books remain on the computer. The converted emailed books that are sent directly to your Kindle can then, using a USB connection again, be 'copied' back to the folder they came from on the computer.

There is really no point in d/loading a converted book from Amazon again, once it's been sent, via Wi-Fi to your Kindle. That's like doing the same job twice.

Sounds more complicated than it is. Try it, you'll find it in reality very simple and hassle free.
You can transfer a whole batch of books in the time it would take Amazon to email you just one.

My reply to 'shizania' at the beginning of this discussion explains how to connect your Kindle to your computer. I spotted a youtube video below on the smashwords site that might also help. Basically the same as the method I explained, just uses different windows.


Posted on 30 Apr 2011, 21:46:10 BST
Ann says:

LOL. Well in my opinion it is so much easier to email stuff to my kindle and then when I go to bed, pick the kindle up from the bedside table and download the books. The mobi files appear as azw files and are smaller so I can get more on the kindle than using mobi files. And no messing about with cables. I know how to connect the kindle to the computer. Considering I built the computer, I ought to!

Shall we just agree to differ on our approaches? I think it's good that others know that there are different ways to do things and they can choose the method that suits them. That's why I wrote in the first place.

Posted on 30 Apr 2011, 22:53:34 BST
metier says:
Mobipocket files are basically the same as AZW files. The difference in file size is neglible. Certainly not enough to affect d/load speeds, and with a capacity of over 3GB, I don't think running out of space on a Kindle is even worth considering.
I have about 50 books on mine, and still have 2.99GB capacity left, of the 3.05GB it started with.

Posted on 1 May 2011, 09:12:08 BST
Last edited by the author on 1 May 2011, 09:53:25 BST
Ann says:
I was thinking about this overnight and the only thing I can think of is that for you, sending an email is a difficult process. For me, I just drag the file to the taskbar and my emailer, Eudora, opens and auto attaches the file to a new mail. I type the k and it auto completes the email address and I hit send. It takes me three seconds at most. Not inefficient or long winded.

I don't believe the size difference is negligible. I have more than twice the number of books as you and 3.01 space left. I don't think it's for you to say either, whether I or others will ever fill it up. I'm sure I will in time.

Posted on 1 May 2011, 10:57:01 BST
Tricia says:
@Metier. You have helped me (and no doubt countless others) with your patience and easy-to-follow instructions on various problems throughout these discussions. For that I thank you. Please keep up the good work. The day I stop learning, I shall probably think I am God! ;-))

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2011, 22:58:03 BST
Last edited by the author on 3 May 2011, 01:24:01 BST
metier says:
I don't know why you feel the need to suggest that using email is difficult for me. You know nothing about me apart from what you might have gleaned from my contributions to the Kindle forum.
Should I take your comment as an insult?

Building your own computer doesn't impress me. I know just how simple it is having built about a dozen myself since 1996. Inc building and installing a network of 6 for a Co I worked for. Anyone with a bit of savvy and a screwdriver could do the same.

It just surprises me that with your knowledge you don't use the features a computer has to offer to better effect.

I don't think there's any question that using a USB connection to transfer existing mobi or AZW files from a computer to a Kindle is a more efficient way than using Amazons email service. You may prefer doing it that way, but the overall process is slow, and just wastes bandwidth unnecessarily.

As for file sizes, the Mobipocket file system is owned by Amazon, as is AZW. They are virtually the same. Amazon simply added DRM to the mobi system, and renamed it AZW.
As I said before, the difference in file size is neglible

Your figure of 3.01MB space left converts to 2.929GB. Somewhat smaller than mine at 2.99GB. If I take the figure from my Kindle as you have done, It tells me I have 3.051.

Feel free to reply but this exchange seems to be developing into a flamewar, and as much as they can be stimulating and enjoyable, I don't think the Kindle forum is an appropriate place to have one, so you'll have to forgive me if I don't reply.

Posted on 7 May 2011, 14:05:42 BST
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Have just had a new laptop and although it recognises my kindle and shows it in computer F, when I click on no menu drops down therefore I can't find documents and so can't add new books. Can anyone help please?

Posted on 7 May 2011, 14:22:47 BST
DaveyH says:
Sorry Mr Snap, what do you mean by 'no menu drops down'. You should just be able to click on the F: drive and see the directory structure of the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2011, 16:23:47 BST
Damaskcat says:
Ann - I agree with you - I use the e-mail facility all the time and it is really quick and easy. Open e-mail pick out Kindle e-mail address insert file and send. Quciker for me than walking to the other end of the house, unplugging USB cable from mains plug, picking up Kindle walking with both back to computer plugging in USB cable to Kindle and computer wait for computer to recognise Kindle and then drag and drop. Reverse process for replacing Kindle in its accustomed place ny my bed and USB lead in plug.

metier - there is no one right way to do these things that's why there is more than one way to do it. Like Ann I keep a folder with ebooks in it - in my case on a USB drive. If I delete the book from my Kindle and want to replace it I just send the e-mail again.

I often have a n argument with my OH about using a mouse rather than keyboard shortcuts. He prefers ctrl + c for copying whereas I right click on mouse and select copy. I keep telling him neither way is 'right' it's just what you prefer using and/or find quicker.

Posted on 7 May 2011, 16:51:57 BST
The ability to email books to my Kindle is one of the things I like best about it. Like Ann and Damaskcat, I find it the easiest and quickest way.

With my old ereader I used to have to attach to the PC, drag and drop, and while it's perfectly simple, I find that it doesn't compare to the ease of sending an email.

If I had to go back to that style of ereader I would be very irritated.
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