Kindle FAQ

How to find Free Kindle Books?

There are many places where you can download free Kindle books. There are several hundred thousand such books on there are also book in other sources. Many of these sources are described here:В

Is it possible to copy text from kindle to paste in other documents?

Yes. All of the bookmarks, highlights, notes, and clippings you have made while reading content on Kindle are saved in a в__My Clippingsв__ file which you can find in your Home screen. The contents of the в__My Clippingsв__ file are available to read later or to copy to your computer if you want to further edit or send them to someone else. The в__My Clippingsв__ file is stored as a TXT file so you can easily import it into one of your computer applications using the provided USB cable or an SD card (on first generation Kinlde devices)

How to delete books from Kindle?

To delete a book, select it in the Kindle Home screen and tilt 5-way controller left. Delete sign will be displayed. To confirm deletion, press the 5-way controller.

Please note that only books you’ve purchased from Amazon can be re-downloaded at any time. Books that you’ve copied to the device manually and your personal documents even if they were run through the online document conversion service are gone for good and can’t be restored.

Can I listen to audiobooks on Kindle?

Yes, you can. Kindle supports audiobooks from You can register your Kindle device with Audible download manager and download books to it. Once downloaded, books will show up in your home screen along with regular books. You can play, pause and navigate chapters just like with any other mp3 player.

Kindle also supports playing generic MP3 files but controls are limited. You can only play/pause and advance to the next track (but not previous or seek within a track)

Since Kindle has 3.5mm mini-jack stereo audio connector you can use headphones with it or many existing car stereo adapters to direct sound to your car stereo.

How to copy PDF/MOBI/PRC/TXT documents to my Kindle?

You can copy documents in supported formate to your Kindle following these easy steps:

  1. Connect your Kindle to your computer via USB cable. After drivers are installed, you can see your Kindle device as a disk drive
  2. Navigate to “documents” folder on your Kindle device
  3. Copy your files in supported format there (PDF/TXT/MOBI/PRC/AZW)
  4. Safely eject the device

Your documents should now be visible along with your other eBooks in the home screen.

Can I re-read a kindle book at a later time?

Yes you can. All Kindle book purchases are tied to your account. So even if you delete a book you can always find it in your “Archived items” and re-download and re-read it. If your device is lost or damaged beyond repair all your Kindle purchases can also be transferred to new device or app tied to the same account.

How can I see list of my bookmarks within a book?

When you have the book opened press “menu” on your Kindle and select “View My Notes & Marks”

Can I read the same book on multiple devices at the same time?

Yes, you can. Most books can be read on as many as 7 devices simultaneously. Kindle will even sync last read position between devices so that you can continue where you left off. This feature is optional so it will not be a problem for two people reading the same book on two devices. This is true for both dedicated Kindle reading devices and apps for different platforms (PC, Mac, iPhone/iPod/iPad, Android, Blackberry)

Can I read Kindle books on PC or Mac?

Yes, you can. There are you can download Kindle for PC or Kindle for Mac and have access to the same books you purchased for your Kindle device. If the the paper version of the book has color illustrations they will be in color on PC and Mac.

Can I transfer Kindle from one account to another?

If you want to transfer (sell, gift, loan, etc) your Kindle to someone else or somebody else has given you their’s, you can deregister the device from original owner’s account and register it with yours. You can deregister Kindle by either clicking on deregister link on “Manage Your Kindle” webpage on Amazon or from the device itself: from the home screen, press “Menu”, select “Settings”, then select “Deregister” with 5-way controller and confirm. If you are not the current registered owner of the device you can only unregister Kindle via the device itself.

Then you can register the Kindle either by entering the serial number via “Manage Your Kindle” page or by entering your Amazon account credentials after selecting “register” link in the settings screen of the device.

What happens if I buy a stolen Kindle?

There were cases when people purchased “brand new” Kindles at a great discount on and the like only to find out that Amazon has blacklisted the device serial number because the original owner reported it stolen. In this case you essentially stuck with a device that can never work with Amazon eBook store. To my knowledge Amazon will not help you find the original owner either. So if you do decide to buy a Kindle from stranger on craigslist, verify that it will register to your account on the spot. There is no guarantee that the device will not be reproted stolen later but at least you know that it wasn’t at the time of sale.

Can I download newspapers, magazines and blogs manually?

You can download Kindle periodicals manually or have them resent to your Kindle device by going to “Manage Your Kindle” page on Amazon website. You’ll find list of your subscriptions there. Clicking on the “+” button to the left of periodical icon expands additional options as shown on the screen shot.

Manually downloading Kindle periodicals

This works for issues up to two weeks old.

Can I run Kindle apps on original first generation Kindle?

Unfortunately, you can not. Apps are supported only by Kindle devices starting from the 2nd generation. It has been a very long time since Amazon has released a software update for first generation devices, so it looks like, they have stopped developing that branch of software altogether. If you want apps, you best bet is to upgrade to a newer device.

Why there are no Harry Potter books on Kindle?

According to this forum thread: “JK Rowling is a firm beliver in reading books as an actual book; she even wrote the series by hand. She has never allowed her books to be published as an eBook“. There were no computers at Hogwarts, so I wouldn’t hold my breath for it.

Can I share Kindle books?

Books are tied to account. So any device that is registered to your account has access to all books purchased from that account. It’s a great way to share books within family.

Books can also be gifted to anyone. It is not exactly sharing since you are paying for the copy of the book the other person receives but still… To gift eBook, just click on the Gift button on the book page and enter email of the person you want to gift it to. If they don’t have a Kindle, they can still download free Kindle for PC application and read the book. If they don’t like it at all they can get an gift card for the amount of book price.

You can also lend some of the Kindle books to other people once for a period of 14 days. You are guaranteed to get your book back and you will not be able to lend the same book again. See this post for details: Kindle Book Lending

Can I cancel the purchase I made by accident?

Yes, you can. Immediately after you click on the buy button, on the sale confirmation page there is an option to cancel the order. This option is only available for several minutes after the purchase. After that you will need to contact Amazon support by email or phone. The eBook will be removed from all your Kindles and apps and you will be issued a refund.

How to contact Amazon Support?

You can contact Amazon Kindle support either by phone or email. See here for details.

How to manually download books from Amazon and transfer them to Kindle via PC or Mac?

You can download all the books that you’ve purchased from “Manage Your Kindle” page on Make sure to select the device you plan to transfer the book to as each downloaded book has unique encryption code that is specific to the device. If you own two Kindles, you can’t just copy books from one device to another. After the book file is downloaded, you can transfer it to your Kindle via USB connection. Just copy the file to /documents directory of the Kindle drive following these steps.

How do I zoom in PDF files?

Press “Aa” font-size selection button on your Kindle. You will then see a menu where you can choose of the following zoom levels: fit-to-screen, 150%, 200%, 300% or “actual size”.

How many books are available for Kindle?

You can take a look at Kindle Bookstore. Currently there are more than 770,000 books available for a price or for free on Amazon Kindle.

Is it possible to copy Kindle book text or pictures to a computer?

You can highlight text in Kindle books are periodicals. All highlighted text along with notes is saved on your Kindle into xxx file in the documents folder. You can then access this file by connecting your Kindle to your computer via USB cable. You can also take screenshots of Kindle illustrations or text pages by holding “alt” and “shift” buttons and pressing “G” on your Kindle. These screenshots are saved as GIF files in the documents folder. You can copy them to your computer and process. You can take screenshots from Kindle for PC app if you want more resolution and color. Keep in mind that Kindle books are copyrighted. There are also limits as to how much you can highlight in a book.

How can I convert my personal documents to make them readable on Kindle?

While Kindle supports many document formats natively, some documents like .DOC, .RTF, .HTM etc need to be converted. You can use Amazon online document conversion service for that.

It works via email. Each Kindle device has email address on domain associated with it. You can look up these addresses on “Manage Your Kindle” page on Sending an email to that address with document attached will start the conversion process. Amazon servers will convert the document and send it wirelessly straight to your Kindle device. Please note that Amazon will charge you 15 center per megabyte of resulting document. This amount is rounded up so you will pay at least 15 cents per conversion.

If you don’t want to pay for the conversion or don’t have wirelessВ connectivity, you can send the email with the same document to the same email but on domain. In this case rather than sending the resulting document to your Kindle, Amazon will email it back to you. You can then transfer the document to Kindle manually.

To avoid accidental or malicious charges, Amazon doesn’t accept document conversion emails from just any address. You need to whiltelist sender in “Your Kindle Approved E-Mail List” on “Manage Your Kindle” page. Emails from all other senders will be ignored.

This conversion method doesn’t work for Kindle apps such as Kindle for PC, Kindle for Android, Kindle for iPhone/iPad/iPod, etc. This is because there are native application for these platforms that support document formats in question and they should be used to access these documents.

How do I use text-to-speech (“read to me”) feature on Kindle?

Kindle can read text to you. In books and periodicals where text-to-speech is enabled (publishers may opt-out of the feature) you can start, stop and pause either by going to the text settings screen by pressing “Aa” button or by using the hotkeys: Shift-Sym to start/stop and once it’s running – spacebar to pause/resume. In the text settings screen you can also configure speech speed and switch between male and female voice. To start reading from specific location, select the location with 5-way controller and start text-to-speech.

Can I use Kindle as MP3 player?

Yes you can. There are two ways to achieve this. You can either copy MP3 files into \music or \audible folder on your Kindle via the USB cable. If the folder doesn’t exist, you need to create it. Depending on where you put your files they will be accessible in two different ways:

  • Files in “music” folder can be played as background music while reading to a book. To start/stop audio press Alt-Space. To advance to the next track – press Alt-F. There are no controls beyond that, no way to select a specific track other than iterating over them one by one, no way to fast forward or rewind. However files will play continuously.
  • Files in “audible” folder will be treated as audiobooks. You can select any specific file from your Kindle homescreen, pause and resume, fast-forward and rewind. This comes at a price of not being able to play multiple files in sequence and read books while the file is playing.

Keep in mind that Kindle will only play DRM-free MP3 files. Fortunately Amazon has a huge selection of these!

Can I take screenshots on Kindle?

Absolutely! Just hold Alt and Shift (button with the up arrow) and press G. The screen will blink. After you’ve taken all the screenshots you want, you can connect your Kindle to your computer via USB cable and find them in \documents folder on your Kindle as GIF files.

How to type number on Kindle 3 or Kindle DX?

There are two ways to do it:

  • Press the Sym button and dialog will appear where you can select numbers and symbols with 5-way controller.
  • Hold Alt and press Q for 1, W for 2, E for 3, R for 4, T for 5, Y for 6, U for 7, I for 8, O for 9 and P for Zero.

How to permanently delete a book from Archived Items?

To completely delete a book from your Kindle so that it doesn’t show up on your account or in “Archived items” collection you need to go to “Manage Your Kindle” page, find the book in question, expand the information block by clicking on the “+” sign near the book name and click on delete. You will be asked for a confirmation, since this action is non-revocable, the book would be completely gone and you will need to buy it again to read it. You will not be refunded the original purchase cost.

If you’ve just purchased the book by accident then you need to take different steps.

How to highlight and annotate books on Kindle for Andoid?

Holding your finger over the word will start text highlighting. You can then press either Highlight to finish to “Note” to annotate.

How to set password on Kindle?

Follow these easy steps to password protect your Kindle:

  1. From the Home screen В press the “Menu” button.
  2. Select в__Settingsв__ with 5-way controller.
  3. Select the в__turn onв__ with 5-way controller for В Device Password setting
  4. Enter your password and confirm it. Optionally, enter a password hint.
  5. Select в__Submitв__

Can I sample or preview Kindle books?

Yes, you can. You can download sample of every Kindle ebook (usually first one or two chapters) but pressing “Send sample now” button on the book page on Amazon. Please not that lookup, highlights and annotations don’t work in Sample books.

How can I register Kindle without wireless or WiFi?

Go to “Manage Your Kindle” page on amazon and click on “Register new Kindle” link. You will be asked for the serial number. Serial number can be found either in the Settings page or on the back of your device. Please note that nothing will change on your Kindle device until it actually connects to the wireless. However you can now purchase books and transfer them via USB cable.

Can I print pages from Kindle book?

There are several ways you can print pages from Kindle books:

  1. Highlight the passage you want to print. Highlighted text is stored in “My Notes and Marks” text file in the documents folder. You can then open this file with any word processing software and print the parts that you want
  2. Use Kindle for PC. While having the page in question open, press Alt-PrintScreen. Paste the screenshot from the clipboard into photo processing software like Photoshop or MS Paint and print it from there. If you have Google Picasa installed, it will automatically save thescreenshot
  3. Take a screenshot on the Kindle device by pressing Alt-Shift-G. Screenshots are stored as GIF files in the \documents folder. You can then open them in image processing software and print.
  4. You can plain and simple put your Kindle face down on the copy machine and copy it as a regular piece of paper.

How to reset Kindle password?

You can press down on the 5-way controller to see your password hint. If you still have trouble with your Kindle password, you should contact customer support phone line and they will help you reset it.

Can I access email on Kindle?

Kindle software starting from version 3 has a very functional web browser that supports javascript and can render complex AJAX websites. This includes all major online email providers like hotmail, yahoo mail and gmail. You just need to press “Menu”, select “Experimental”, select “Launch browser”. Then press “Menu”, select “Enter URL” and navigate to your email provider of choice.

My Kindle does not work well. It does not turn on or screen displays artifacts.

Sometimes it is caused by dead battery. You can use following steps to attempt a fix:

  1. Charge the Kindle at least 15-30 minutes. Check that light next toВ the micro-USB port lights up while you are charging.
  2. Disconnect your Kindle from cable (power adapter or computer) andВ reset your Kindle.
  3. Turn Kindle on – slide and release the power button. The LEDВ light next to the power button will become green for twoВ seconds.
  4. Shut down Kindle – sliding and holding the power button for five seconds. The LED light will blink three times. Wait for the screen to go blank, then release the power button.
  5. Turn on the Kindle again.

If this didn’t help do a hard reboot.
If this didn’t help – contact with Amazon

Where can I find “Manage Your Kindle” page on

You can find it here:Manage Your Kindle“.

How to clear browsing history in Kindle Basic Web/Experimental browser?

When browser is running, press “Menu”, select “Browser Settings”, then select “Clear History”. There are also options there to clear cookies, disable javascript and disable images.

Where can I find Kindle 3G coverage map

See this link for both US and international coverage map.

235 thoughts on “Kindle FAQ

  1. Kindle DX owner. I have moved and at my new home I get a very weak signal on WhisperNet (Verizon??). Some days my blog subscriptions will not download. This is getting frustrating, as well as the fact that I am not getting my money’s worth on the news subscriptions. Is there anyway that I can download blogs on Kindle for my PC and then transfer to my DX?

    John Payne, Oxford, MS

  2. I inadvertently bought three books on a second kindle account that I have. I’d like to merge them with my primary account and deregister the secondary one. Can i do that? My secondary account is j*****@s*****.net

    thank you.


  3. OK, so the ability to edit these comments is simply too high tech for this site, so I’ll burn up some more bytes retyping my half asleep, typo’ed comment:

    I would also like to know about any lists of free Kindle books.

  4. Why it’s an ad for a 4 star rated, 96KB Kindle book for 99 cents that looks pretty good. Hmmmmm… Guess my question has been answered.

  5. You can see all the free books has by going to Shop in Kindle Store on the Kindle Menu (press menu button – select Shop. Once online at the Kindle Store type free ebooks in the search box. That should give you a list of Amazon free ebooks. Also, go to and you will be able to download free ebooks to your Kindle. Be sure to select the Kindle format .azw prior to downloading.

  6. How can I un stick a book that I bought and cannot get into it. It just goes to the book cover and no further

  7. I understand how to delete a book from the home page. How do you delete a book that does not have the Left Arrow? I have 2 dictionarys I want removed, strange they do not appear at Amazon.

  8. Once I download an audiobook to my Kindle3, is there a way to connect it to my car for listening?

  9. I want to un-register my Kindle and then re-register on another account. Will I lose the gift certificates I have with my current account?

  10. I have a mac but the operating system is below the requirement for the “Kindle for Mac app” (my OS is 10.4.11 – tried to download the free app anyway but it doesn’t work). Is there a way I can get around this? If I buy the Kindle, will I still be unable to read books on my mac?

  11. Have a problem of the text bar at the top of my kindle which blocks the first two lines of the page. I cannot seem to remove it. what should I do?

  12. Sorry to be thick but still trying to work out how to gift my ebooks. You say click on the ‘gift’ button on the books page. is this a page on the Kindle itself or the website?

  13. Regarding book lending, that feature is now active for Kindles. It has the same limitations as Nook offers: An eligible book can be loaned to a friend for 14 days. That book can only be loaned once. After being loaned out, you cannot loan that book ever again. Also, publishers have restrictions on which books they allow to be loaned. In my experience with the first book someone loaned me, the book does stay on the Kindle beyond the 14 days, as long as you don’t turn on the 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity during that time.

  14. How can I remove the google/inernet bar from the top of my kindle screen??
    Got it there by accident and it’s annoying. THanks!

  15. I did some long due updates to the FAQ including Free Kindle Books answer, answer to the audiobooks in the car and updated book lending answer.

    Keep these questions coming ;)

  16. Greetings,
    I am a student and before I commit to a Kindle DX for primarily ebooks from an online university, I need to know if the Kindle DX Graphite has the functionality to “unlock the Protectedpdf eBooks, the eBooks require Adobe Reader and Java.”

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

  17. I am interested in buying a Kindle. very new to this so forgive my ignorance. I want to know if I can download books directly to the Kindle 3 from a Australia or New Zealand, or do I have to buy the Kindle 3G model in order to do so. Can you help? Thanks for your help.

  18. How can I get internet with through a kindle without accessing the cruise ship’s wi-fi?

  19. I have the kindle app on my HTC evo (Android) phone. I’ve downloaded books before but now the app won’t even allow me to log into my amazon account. I tried going to the amazon site on my phone to buy the book and it tells me no device registered.
    Can anyone help?

    I also have the latest app downloaded.

  20. It’s seriously problematic that not all the books can show page numbers. I use some of them for academic research and must know page numbers for citation. How can I tell before buying a book whether page numbers will show on Kindle?

  21. I will be traveling in Africa and Europe for a month; what do I need to do to ensure that I have full use of my Kindle 2 and do I have to purchase anything? Trip is in 2 weeks. Thanks.

  22. Just to point out one IMPORTANT feature of the Kindle. It cannot fast forward Audible(.com) files. It is only possible to “skip ahead 30s” each key press. This is a great disadvantage. In fact, makes it impossible to use in bed, as falling asleep means having to press “skip ahead” for 10 minutes to get back where you were listening before.

  23. I would like to ask someone familiar with the Kindle if it would be good for my work, I am the OSHA compliance officer for a construction company, I carried 2 “milk crates” of refracene materials when I first started, now I am using a laptop, with most of the files in PFD format.( 4 large OSHA files and approximately 200 MSDS)But this too, is not covenant, as I have to walk job sites with foreman and need the material handy to show them what I am talking about.
    Can anyone advise me if the Kindle would be helpful in this situation?

  24. Please, advise, how I could possibly contact Kindle designers? Thank you for your assistance.

  25. Have a problem on the screen of my kindle. It blocks 1/5th of the right size of the page on the screen. Instead of characters, it appears a fuzzy background related to one of the pictures which appear when the kindle is not in use.

    Thank you

  26. My daughter would like to read german books with a german-english dictionary as the default kindle dictionary. I read that the kindle will not look up works that start with a capital letter which is in german all nouns. Has this been fixed in the kindle 3?

  27. I have a Kindle and would like to buy one for my sister in a nursing home. She doesn’t have a credit card and couldn’t get one, so I would need to manage purchases for her. Is it possible for me to buy another Kindle in my name or hers with a separate account, but use the same credit card I’m using for my own Kindle purchases?

  28. Why can’t we order books from Amazon UK? I love British mysteries but Amazon does not carry a full author selection. How can I get around this?

  29. @Robert

    I would not advice on Kindle for that matter. If you are looking to communicate via a tablet, either use the I-Pad, or something similar like the new Samsung (not having either of them). The clear advantage is touch- and color screen, as well the possibility to use AutoCad, Outlook, etc, Kindle does not have any of these features. Understandably, the price is abit steeper, but I used the I-Pad on some construction projects myself to communicate with Site Supervisors and Contractors, and it clearly beats my old Toshiba.

  30. ROBERT – You’ll want to slit your wrists if you use your Kindle for on-site construction business! YEs, it works well in low light and bright light conditions, but it HAS NO MOUSE! The “5-position selector” switch is about 1995 in terms of navigating technology, and the only way to click on things is to go thru the whole menu and get there. It’s maddening…keep your laptop. If you have an office or pickup….get an IPAD. It’s not good in bright light conditions, but at least you can get to a document within a day! And the browser?? oy veyyy, same navigation problems, and the typing button keys are about the size of the collar buttons on a men’s preppie shirt…teensy!

  31. KAREN, you bet you can use your credit card to purchase a Kindle for your sister. My Kindle name is NOT the same as my email name…so just name her Kindle differently than yours and you can manage both devices from your account. If she can pick books, then register her email as a qualified user, and you can both get books for her on your credit card.

  32. i found a kindle back in november/december i sent an email to the email address located in the kindle regitry and never heard back fom anyone. just turned it back on and can’t find the email now. can i now use it since the owner never replied to my email or what else can i do with it.

  33. If i have 2 kindles, and i want a title on one kindle, but not the other, is there a way to delete permanently off of one but leave on the other?

    thank you…..

  34. Is the Kindle in color or no? The Game pics you have posted are in color, but for some reason, I can’t find anywhere that tells me if the Kindle screens will only show in black and white or if they will show in color.


  35. How do I move the ebook file from the pc into my kindle? I have done it before but can not now.

  36. I tired converting documents from epub to pdf to add to my kindle but only the first 10 pages converted and the rest is blank. When i plugged in the kindle to my pc i tired to review the books and they all came up perfect, its just on the reader i cant get the whole book. Is there a limit as to how many pages they can convert?

  37. @rachel

    first off, pdf is the wrong format to switch the document to, try .mobi or .prc instead

    second, without mentioning what program you are using to do the document conversion, people are very unlikely to be able to be able to help you


    connect your kindle to the pc, it should mount as a drive. copy the file to the documents directory on the kindle and then it should show up (if it’s in a supported format)

  38. Help my kindle won’t wake :( tried to hold wake button for 30 sec etc green light comes on and flashes but still won’t wake. Help please suffering from kindle withdrawal .

  39. Is it possible to have a email address without a physical device i.e. just having Kindle on iPad, PC etc.?

  40. johnpeavoy,

    There is no need to – there are many apps for iPad/PC/Android that can open document formats without needing to convert them to azw

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