How to download a Kindle Book to your Computer

Posted on June 7, 2009

Did you know that you can download a Kindle Book directly to your computer from Amazon's website?

Yes you can, but you are probably wondering why you want to since it is a wireless device. Well not everyone in the Country can get a good signal to Sprint's cellular network (dubbed the Whispernet network by Amazon). You may also find yourself traveling outside of the Country and still want to retrieve books which is possible if you have access to a computer with Internet access and a USB port.

To download a purchased kindle book to your computer you will need to login to your Amazon account and access the Manage my Kindle page. Next, scroll down toward the bottom of the page to view the section called "Your orders". Here you will see a list of all the kindle books that you have purchased. Notice the drop-down menu box to the right of each book's order date? Click on this box and choose "Computer".


A standard pop-up window will display asking you where to save the the kindle book. Kindle books purchased from Amazon all have an file extension of .AZW which should not be renamed. After the file is downloaded you can connect your Kindle reader to the computer via the USB cable. Using Windows Explorer, navigate to where the kindle book is saved. Select the book and copy it to the Documents folder under drive letter that is assigned to your Kindle.

Once copied you can safely eject your Kindle device from the computer and start reading your book.

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3 Responses to “How to download a Kindle Book to your Computer”

  1. Rachel
    Jun 08, 2009

    Is there a way to read the kindle book on the computer?

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  3. admin
    Jun 08, 2009

    Hi Rachel,

    You can read DRM-Free kindle books using the MobiPocket Reader on the PC. All you need to do is rename the file extension to PRC. The problem is most books from Amazon are DRM protected which prevents you from doing this.


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