3 Easy Ways to Load Non-Amazon Books on Your Kindle Fire

Transfer all kinds of books to your Kindle in no time

While the Kindle store offers millions of e-books, it's possible to read titles that aren't in the default Kindle Fire book format on your Amazon tablet. If you purchase legal, non-DRM protected e-books from other sellers, you can easily transfer those books to your device.

Instructions in this article apply to all Amazon Fire tablets.

What Reader Format to Use for Amazon Fire Tablets

The Amazon Kindle app natively reads MOBI files. If you have a book in ePub format, you can read it, but you need to either convert the ePub file or install a separate reading app on your Fire.

Other supported file types for Kindle books include:

  • AZW
  • KPF
  • PRC
  • TXT
  • PDF
  • DOC
  • DOCX

If an e-book isn't in the standard MOBI format, it won't appear in the Kindle app. PDFs and other types of files can be found in the Docs app.

Download E-Books With the Kindle Browser

There are hundreds of websites with free e-books that you can download to your device using the Amazon Silk browser. Files you download can be found in the Docs app.

Tap a file to open it. If it's in the standard MOBI for Kindle Fire format, the book opens in the Kindle reader app.

Downloads in the Docs app for Kindle Fire

How to Transfer E-Books From PC to Kindle Fire via USB

You can transfer files to and from your Kindle Fire as if it were an external hard drive using a USB cable:

On a Mac, install the Android File Transfer utility to complete the USB transfer.

  1. Connect your Fire tablet to your computer with a micro-USB cable.

  2. If this is your first time connecting the Fire tablet to a computer, swipe down from the top of the tablet's screen and tap USB charging this device.

    You can skip to step 4 if your PC already has access to your tablet.

    Swipe down and select "USB charging this device"
  3. Tap Transfer files to allow access to the device.

    The "Transfer files" option
  4. On your computer, open the device folder and select Internal Storage.

    On your computer, open the device folder and select Internal Storage.
  5. Drag-and-drop MOBI files in the Books folder, and place PDFs and other files in the Documents folder.

    Drag PDFs into the Documents folder
  6. Disconnect the tablet from the PC. After you add your files, you may need to restart the Kindle to get it to recognize the new books.

You can also transfer files to your Fire tablet using the Dropbox app for Fire OS.

Send E-Books to Kindle via Email

It's also possible to send files from your PC to your Kindle Fire using a special email address. To find your Kindle email address on newer Fire devices, open the Docs app and tap Email Docs to your Fire under Send-to-Kindle. When you attach a file to an email and send it to the specified address, the file automatically appears in Docs.

Open the Docs app and tap Email Docs to your Fire under Send-to-Kindle.

There's another way to find your Kindle's email address. Log in to your Amazon account on your PC, go to the Manage Amazon Devices page, and then select your device. You should see the device's email address listed.

Kindle Fire email address listed on the Manage Amazon Devices page.