Kindle eBooks 101


Electronics are wonderful things if you understand how to use them. Otherwise, they're just very fancy, very expensive paperweights. I've written about how great Kindles are for readers, but there are probably some of you out there who don't know how to get your ebooks into your Kindle. You could dig through the Amazon website to try and find the answer, but I thought I'd put together an easy-to-use guide for you instead. I use a Kindle, so this information is really only helpful to Kindle users.


Uploading eBooks


Most people simply buy their ebooks through the normal channels (like purchasing directly from Amazon), but what about if you download a book from Project Gutenberg or some other site that provides copyright free copies of ebooks?




There's the manual way, which includes plugging your Kindle directly into your computer and transferring it, but there's a super easy, super fast way to do it.


Simply email it to your Kindle account. The address is your login name for Amazon (minus the email) and then add For example, if your login name to Amazon is, then you'd email it to Within 10 minutes or so, they'll appear on your Kindle, ready to read.


Some things to keep in mind:

  • Amazon will only allow you to email 20 books at a time. If you try more than that, they'll bounce you back and error email.

  • The books need to be in the .mobi format. If you have an .epub or some other format, you'll need to convert it to .mobi. The easiest way to do that is to use an online converting website, like

  • Whatever you're emailing will need to be under 20-25 megabytes, because most email programs won't let you email anything larger than that.

  • When your ebooks arrive on your Kindle, they won't be on the "Books" tab. Only books purchased through Amazon will be available on that tab. Anything you upload to your Kindle will be on the "Docs" tab. Most Kindles and Kindle apps will allow you to put them in Collections just like your books, so it's not an issue.

  • Amazon won't allow just anyone to email documents to your Kindle, so the email you send it from must be attached to the account that is authorized on your Kindle. If you need to attach additional emails to your account, do the following: ​Access your "Content and Devises" page in your Amazon; it is located by scrolling to the bottom of any Amazon webpage and clicking on it under the "Let Us Help You" section of the footer. Then click on the "Preferences" tab (between "Devices" and "Alexa Privacy", scroll down and click on "Personal Document Settings". Under "Approved Personal Document E-mail List" click "Add a new approved e-mail address". Enter the address you want to send the ebooks from and click "Add Address"


There are times when you'll get an error email telling you that a certain book wasn't compatible. If that happens, try downloading a new file and resending it or reconverting the file. Sometimes there's just a glitch, and you'll need to try again.


Hope that helps.


Managing Your eBooks


Once you've followed my instructions and you've got your ebooks on your Kindle, how do you get rid of them? Or for that matter, how about the books you've purchased from Amazon? You may want to keep the ones you liked, but why hold onto the stinkers?


Getting books off your Kindle permanently, so they don't pop up anywhere on it isn't an obvious process. Frankly, it took me a while and a bit of internet digging to figure it out, so I thought I'd outline it here in clear, easy-to-use steps.


What you need to do is access your "Content and Devices" page in your Amazon account. There are several ways to get to that. Open up the Amazon page and either:


  1. Scroll to the bottom and under "Let Us Help You", click on "Manage Your Content and Devices".

  2. Look at the toolbar at the top of the page and click on "Account & Lists". Then click on "Content and Devices" under "Digital content and devices".

  3. Look at the toolbar at the top of the page and hover your mouse over "Account & Lists". Then click on "Your Content and Devices" from the drop-down.

Either of those three ways gets you to the webpage that lists all the content that you have on your Kindle.


The drop-down is next to "Show:" will let you select which content you want to edit. The ones you'll be most interested in are "Books" and "Docs". Books are all your purchased books, and Docs are where anything you email to your Kindle will be. There are also other drop-downs for other content on your Kindle, such as newspapers or magazines, video, and audiobooks.


From there, it's pretty simple. By clicking the box in the "Select" column, you can select multiple books or docs, and then click "Delete" to get rid of them permanently. WARNING: This is PERMANENT. There is no getting them back once they're gone so be careful.


From this webpage, you can also organize your books and docs into "Collections", which will show up on your Kindle, along with a lot of other things.