Transferring OverDrive eBooks to Kindle via USB

If you are a Kindle user, you may need to transfer your library book to your Kindle using a USB. This is necessary for households without wireless internet service, older Kindles, and for certain titles in our Downloadable Media Catalog.

After you check out a Kindle book from RCPL’s collection, follow the instructions below to transfer your Kindle ebook to your Kindle.

Click here for a video from Amazon showing this process.

Log into your Amazon account.

From the bookshelf of your downloadables account, select “Get for Kindle.”

You will be taken to The “Deliver to:” drop-down menu will be set to “Transfer via Computer.”

Choose “Get library book.”

You may be prompted to open or save the file; choose “Save” and select a location that is easy to find again, such as Desktop or Downloads.

Connect your Kindle to your computer with a compatible USB cord. The Kindle will then appear as a removable storage device.

Open the Kindle drive and you will see the folder “documents”- move your downloaded ebook (.azw) file into this folder.

You can eject your Kindle and begin reading!

Troubleshooting: If you do not see the eBook in your Kindle “library,” check the “Archive” on your Kindle.


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