How to Put PDFs on a Kindle

By Cricket Webber

The Kindle is an electronic device made by Amazon.com that is designed to make reading e-books easier and more convenient. You can purchase e-books directly from Amazon.com and other vendors to view on your Kindle, but you can also view other types of content. If you wish to transfer a PDF file from your computer to your Kindle, you can do this using either the USB cable that arrives with your Kindle, or you can email it to your Kindle at no charge.

Transferring via USB Cable

Step 1

Attach your Kindle to your computer using the USB cable that came with your Kindle. It may take a moment for your computer to acknowledge and fully connect the Kindle. Your Kindle device will display as a separate hard drive on your "My Computer" window. If this window does not open automatically after your Kindle is fully connected, double-click "My Computer" to open it.

Step 2

Double-click your Kindle drive in the "My Computer" window.

Step 3

Double-click the folder within your Kindle drive labeled "Documents."

Step 4

Locate the PDF file you wish to move. You can either drag and drop the title into your Kindle documents folder, or you can right-click the PDF file and select "Copy," then right-click in your Kindle documents folder and select "Paste."

Transferring via Email

Step 1

Set your email address as approved in your Kindle account by logging on to your Kindle account on your computer. In the section marked "Your Kindle Approved E-mail List," enter your email address and click the button labeled "Add Address."

Step 2

Address an email to your Kindle's email address. If you do not know the address, on the Kindle, press the "Menu" key and select "Settings." Under "Device E-mail," you should see an address with a unique beginning followed by "@kindle.com." You can also send emails to the same unique beginning followed by "@free.kindle.com."

Step 3

Attach the PDF file you wish to send to your Kindle to your email.

Step 4

Type "Convert" in the subject line of the email.

Step 5

Click "Send" to send the document to your Kindle.