How to Order a New Book on the Amazon Kindle

By Angie Gambone

The Kindle is an electronic reader that is sold by Amazon. The Kindle allows owners to download popular books, magazines and newspapers and read them directly on the Kindle unit. Books for the Kindle can be downloaded online via the Amazon website, or they can be downloaded directly from the Kindle itself using a 3G wireless network. This allows users to download books to the Kindle from virtually anywhere without the requirement of an Internet connection or wireless hotspot. Downloading books to the Kindle takes just a few minutes and is a simple process to complete, making the Kindle a popular choice for everyone from the casual reader to the addicted bibliophile.

Things You'll Need

  • Kindle

Downloading Books Directly from Your Kindle

Step 1

Register your Kindle to make purchases. Press "Home," then "Menu," then "Settings," then "Register." Enter your email address and other required content, then click "Submit." This will successfully activate your Kindle and connect it to your Amazon account.

Step 2

Press "Menu," then "Shop in Kindle Store." Once in the Kindle store, you can search for books by category or popularity. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard on the Kindle to search for a book by title, author or keyword.

Step 3

Click on a book's title to read more information about it. Select "Buy" to purchase the book. The book will be automatically downloaded to your Kindle within minutes. When the book has been downloaded in its entirety, an "Items Downloaded" message will appear on your Kindle screen.

Step 4

Repeat this process for any other books you would like to download to your Kindle.

Downloading Books from the Amazon Website

Step 1

Go to Amazon.com and log in to your account using the same information that you registered on your Kindle.

Step 2

Click on "Kindle," then "Kindle Store" on the left-hand corner of your screen.

Step 3

Browse Kindle books by category, or enter search terms to look for a specific title or author.

Step 4

Select a book by clicking on its title. To download the book, click "Buy Now" in the upper right-hand corner. Be sure that the line underneath this option is set to "Send Instantly to Kindle." The book will be downloaded to your Kindle within a matter of minutes, and when complete, "Items Downloaded" will appear on your Kindle screen.

Step 5

Repeat this process for any other books you would like to download to your Kindle.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can download samples of books (usually the first chapter) by clicking on a book title and selecting "Send Sample Now."
  • If you download a Kindle book by mistake, you can click "Cancel This Order" to have the book removed.