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

Transfer all kinds of books to your Kindle in no time flat

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Your Kindle Fire works great as an Amazon shopping device, but you need not be limited only to books you buy through Amazon. If you buy legal copies of books from other sellers, you can usually transfer them to your Kindle, such as single ebooks that you legally purchase and download from Tor or other bookstores that offer non-DRM-protected files.

File Formats for Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle natively reads .mobi files. If you have a book in ePub format, you can still read it, but you'll either need to convert the file using a program like Calibre or install a separate reading app like Aldiko on your Fire. 

Supported file types for Kindle books include:

  • Kindle Format 8: Amazon's version of the EPUB3 standard
  • MOBI
  • AZW: A copy-protected version of MOBI
  • PRC

Beyond books, your Fire supports nonbook documents that you can upload to your account and read as if they were books. Supported files for Kindle Fire personal documents include:

  • TXT
  • PDF
  • DOC
  • DOCX

You can open and read books that are PDFs, but you cannot do so under the Books tab on your Kindle or the Kindle app on your mobile device. PDFs are under Docs, which explains why your Kindle Fire user guide is located in Docs instead of under Books. 

Transferring Your Files by Email

Screen shot of personal document settings on amazon.com
 Amanda Kim

You can email your Kindle files as attachments. The files must be in one of the supported formats, and they'll be added to the Docs section of your Kindle. To set this feature up, log into Amazon.com and then go to Manage Your Content and Devices: Personal Document Settings.

You'll need to set up the authorized email account and address. Generally, it will be something like "your_name_here@kindle.com." Only emails coming from approved email addresses will work.

Transferring Your Files by USB

If you use a micro-USB cable and connect it to your computer, you can transfer files to and from your Kindle as if it were an external hard drive. Place any .mobi files in the Books folder, and place .pdf and other formats in the Documents folder. After you've added your files, you may need to restart the Kindle to get it to recognize your new books.

Transferring Using Dropbox

Use Dropbox to transfer files, using these steps: 

  1. Find an ebook file in your Dropbox, then press the triple-dot menu icon to perform additional actions to it. Do not open the ebook file.

  2. Next, tap Export.

    screen shot of home menu and Export button on Fire HD
    Jason Gillikin
  3. Choose Save to Device, then Show SD Card, even if you don't have an SD card. This step gets you to the internal memory as well.

  4. Tap on Internal Storage (your Fire) or Storage Device (your SD card), then tap the Save button.

    screen shot showing how to Save to device and Show DS card buttons on Amazon Fire
    Jason Gillikin
  5. After this step is complete, restart your Kindle Fire. Your books will appear after the reboot. If your book does not appear, double check that you waited for the book to fully copy to your Kindle's hard drive and double check that you chose the correct folder for the file format.