How to Put Documents Onto a Kindle Fire

The Wi-Fi capabilities of the Kindle Fire, Amazon's first Kindle with a color display, offer versatility when adding documents. Unlike some previous Kindle models, the Fire allows you to download documents from the Amazon Cloud online document storage service in addition to the more traditional method of connecting it to your computer via USB cable. Kindle Fire users may also use the personal documents service, which allows you to send files to your Kindle email address -- even bulk or zipped files.

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Kindle Fire users have several choices to put documents on their devices.
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Email

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Find your Kindle email address. This address is automatically generated for you when you register your device with Amazon. On the Kindle home screen, tap "Quick Settings" and My Account. Your email address is listed under your name and should end with "@kindle.com." If you haven't registered your Kindle, tap "Register" under "My Account" on your device. Log in with your Amazon username and password and tap the "Register" button.

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Open your email account on your computer. Compose a new email, attaching the document you want to send to your Kindle Fire. You don't have to include a subject to your email, but typing "Convert" in the subject line signals the Kindle to convert the file type to the Kindle format with the ".azw" extension. Click "Send."

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Tap the "Email" icon on your Kindle and then tap the email containing the document. Select "Open" to view the document. The Kindle automatically saves it in a folder based on its file type. For example, books are saved in the Books library and personal documents are stored in the Docs library.

USB

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Connect your Kindle to your computer using a USB cable.

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Open your Kindle Fire drive. For Windows, double-click on the new icon under "Computer" or "My Computer." For Mac users, click on the icon on your desktop.

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Open the folder on your computer containing the document you wish to put on your Kindle Fire. Click on the document and drag it to the Kindle Fire folder. Drop it in the Kindle folder.

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Disconnect your Kindle Fire by safely ejecting it first. For Windows 7, click "Start" and "Computer." Right-click the Kindle drive and choose "Eject." For a Mac, press the "Control" key when you click on the Kindle drive and select "Eject."

Amazon Cloud

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Log in to your Amazon Cloud Drive on your computer through your Amazon account. Click "Upload Files." Under "Your Cloud Drive," select a folder to store your document. Click "Select Files to Upload" and browse your computer for the files. Click "Confirm."

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Tap a library on your Kindle Fire, such as Books or Music, while it's connected to a Wi-Fi network. Click the "Cloud" tab to access documents stored on the Cloud Drive.

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Tap the document and then tap "Download" to put it on your Kindle Fire. It's automatically put in a library folder based on its file type. Although you can view a document directly from the Cloud Drive, you can't access it without Wi-Fi unless you download it to put it on your Kindle.