How to upload a free book to your kindle

Not everyone is as tech savvy as many of us authors would like to believe. We offer free books without much thought to how someone is going to get said book onto their device. Here's a little something I threw together to help out. Feel free to copy the instructions below to hand out with your free books, and please don't hesitate to share a link to this post.

There are two ways of getting a free book onto your device.  Directly through your computer using the USB cable that came with your device, or if you own a kindle, you can email the book as an attachment directly to your kindle.

Directly via your personal computer.

  1. Always remember where you save any file you donwload.
  2. Plug your device into your computer using the USB cable that came with it.
  3. Locate your device  on your computer. In most cases a dialog box will open once you've connected asking you what you want to do with the device.
  4. Once you’ve located your device open the folder. For files on a kindle it will be named Documents or books, on other readers it may have a name such as Content or Documents, or even books.
  5. Drag and drop the book file into the open folder for your device.
  6. Unmount the device from your computer: choose "Safely Remove Mass Storage Device" (Windows) or "Eject" (Mac)
  7. Disconnect your device and enjoy the story. 

To email the file to your kindle.

  1.  Log into your Amazon account.
  2.  To the right on the top bar of the main page you will see your name, and beneath that Your     Account.
  3. Click on the link to open your account.
  4. Scroll down to the Digital Content box
  5. Click on manage your content and devices
  6. Along the top of the page you will see Your Content, Your Devices, Settings
  7. Click on the Settings tab.
  8. Scroll down the page to Personal Document Settings There you will see the email address for your kindle, make a note of this.
  9. Scroll down to Approved Personal Document Email list.
  10. If your personal email is not listed there, click on Add a New Approved Email Address
  11. Follow the prompts to add your personal email.
  12. Once you click save it will take about 24 hours before you can email anything to your kindle. Once it’s set up, anytime you have a mobi or pdf you want to load on your kindle, simply attach it to an email from your approved email account and you can send the file to your kindle.

For more information about transferring files to your kindle go to Send To Kindle 

Hope this helps. If you have any other questions don't hesitate to ask, but remember I'm not as tech savvy as this post makes me appear. 

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