Sideload to your Kindle

 

For Kindles... 

The basics are mostly the same across the Amazon readers.

● Save the downloaded .mobi file to your desktop's / laptop's hard drive and put it somewhere easy to find: the computer's desktop is a good spot.


● Connect the Kindle to the computer with its micro-USB cable.
   
● Open your computer's file manager to see a list of drives and folders. Look for your Kindle device in the list of drives.

Look for the "documents" folder in the Kindle.



● Drag the .mobi file from your desktop into the documents folder. (Not into any of its subfolders.)



●When the file has transferred...

...use your computer's software to safely eject your Kindle; unplug it from the computer after seeing the message that it's been ejected.



● The new ebook will then appear on your Kindle's home screen.

E-ink Kindles and Kindle Fire 1st Generation:

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. Attach your device to your computer using a micro-USB cable. One should've been included with your Kindle.
  3. Your Mac mounts the device as a drive. Find the following icon on the desktop and double-click it:
  1. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device 's documents folder.
  2. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  3. The ebook should appear on the e-ink device's home screen, or the Android device's carousel screen.

Kindle Fire 2nd Generation and Kindle Fire HD

Mac users with a Kindle Fire 2nd Generation or Kindle Fire HD will first need to install the free Android File Transfer app to complete USB transfers. Go to File Transfer App using your computer's Web browser and follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the app.

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. Attach your device to your computer using a micro-USB cable. One should've been included with your Kindle Fire.
  3. Use Finder to navigate to the Applications folder and double-click the File Transfer App. Your Mac opens the device's file system, as shown below:


The Kindle file system

  1. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device's Books folder.
  2. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  3. The ebook should appear on the device's carousel screen. If not, tap Docs on the top menu, then tap Device: the ebook should appear there, as well.

E-ink Kindle

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. Attach your device to your computer using a micro-USB cable. One should've been included with your Kindle.
  3. Wait for your computer to recognize the device and display the AutoPlay window.
  4. Click Open folder to view files to open Windows Explorer.
  5. When Windows Explorer opens, double-click documents and move the window aside.
  6. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device's documents folder you opened in Step 5.
  7. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  8. The ebook should appear on the device's home screen.

Kindle Fire

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. Attach your device to your computer using a micro-USB cable. One should've been included with your Kindle Fire.
  3. Wait for your computer to recognize the device, then click the Start Globe and select Computer to open Windows Explorer.
    Note: In some cases, it may be necessary to unlock the Kindle Fire before your computer recognizes the device.
  4. Under Portable Devices, double-click Kindle > Internal storage.
  5. Double-click Books and move the window aside.
  6. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device's Books folder you opened in Step 5.
  7. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  8. The ebook should appear on the device's carousel screen. If not, tap Docs on the top menu, then tap Device: the ebook should appear there, as well.

Kindle for PC or Mac

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. If you haven't already done so, download and install the Kindle app for your computer's operating system:

● Windows 8: http://amzn.to/XouPML

● Windows 7, Vista and XP: http://amzn.to/Xouyti

● Mac OS X 10.6 and later: http://amzn.to/Xovlua

  1. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then double-click it. It should open with the Kindle app.
    Note: In some cases, it may be necessary to right-click the file and select the application.

Kindle for Android

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. If you haven't already installed it to your device, tap the Google Play Store or Amazon App Store icon then find the Kindle for Android app and install it.
  3. Attach your phone or tablet to your computer using the USB cable that came with the device.
  4. Wait for your computer to recognize the device, then click the Start Globe and select Computer to open Windows Explorer.
  5. Under Portable Devices, find and double-click kindle and move the window aside.
  6. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device's kindle folder you opened in Step 5.
  7. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  8. Open the Kindle app. The ebook should appear on the device's Home screen.

Kindle for iPad/iPhone/iPod

The Kindle for iPad/iPhone/iPod app does not yet fully support Kindle Format 8, Amazon's next-generation ebook file format. Accordingly, some design features may not display exactly as they do on other Kindle devices and apps. Please keep this in mind when reviewing mobi files on an Apple iOS device with the Kindle app installed.

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. On your device, tap the App Store icon then find the Kindle for iPad/iPhone/iPod app and install it.
  3. Attach your iPad, iPhone or iPod to your computer using the USB cable that came with the device.
  4. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically.
  5. On the top menu, click Apps and then scroll to the bottom of the window to see the File Sharing section.


The File Sharing section

  1. In the Apps panel on the left-hand side, click the Kindle icon.
  2. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1 and drag-and-drop it into the Documents panel on the right-hand side.
  3. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  4. Open the Kindle app and the mobi file should appear on the app's Device Library screen.

 

Emailing files direct to your Kindle

All Kindle devices are assigned an email address by Amazon. Ebook files of .mobi format can be sent to these addresses once you whitelist them in your Amazon account.

If you're really having trouble with the sideloading methods mentioned above, we're happy to email files directly to your Kindle device.

If you've tried the instructions above for your device and still had no luck, please contact us at the Ebooks Direct support address shown on our website and we'll assist you with this as quickly as we can.