Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. – meaning I may get a commission if you decide to purchase through my links, at no additional cost to you.
Firstly, congratulations are in order! You have bought a new Kindle! And you’re all excited (just as I was) to start reading on it! But you may be wondering how do you transfer books to your new Kindle device!
The easiest way to transfer books to your new Kindle is by using your Amazon account. Make sure that you register the device to the same Amazon account as your previous device. Then, open the “Content Library” on a browser, select your books, click on “Deliver”, and choose your new Kindle device.
This article will help you understand how to transfer books to your new Kindle in further detail with step-by-step instructions. Plus, if you are a first-time Kindle owner and you have been reading Kindle books on other devices, you’ll also get to know how to transfer your books over to your new Kindle!
So, let’s get started!
Did You Know? You can read Unlimited Kindle books on Amazon with Kindle Unlimited! Check out this special offer to try Kindle Unlimited for FREE. Also, read my other article to learn more about Kindle Unlimited!
Can You Transfer Kindle Books?
Going by the article’s topic, you’ve probably guessed by now that you can transfer the Kindle books from one device to another.
But, there are several ways to access Kindle books, and you may have your books spread across multiple devices. Thus, it is essential to know the correct method to use when transferring your Kindle books.
For this reason, I wrote a detailed guide on how to transfer Kindle books. This article basically gives a breakdown of various scenarios and the best method for that scenario. So make sure you check it out, as this will be handy even in the future.
One thing to remember is when you buy a new Kindle, make sure that you register the Kindle to your account. Registering your device has several benefits. Plus, it is easier to transfer books or buy books from a registered device.
If you’ve bought the Kindle from Amazon, it is registered by default to the account used for purchasing the Kindle device.
So, if someone else has bought or gifted the Kindle for you using their account, you might want to make sure that you switch accounts on your Kindle device and register it to the correct account.
This step will save you a ton of headaches in the future as Amazon doesn’t allow you to transfer books from one Kindle account to another. However, if you are in a position where you’ve bought multiple books in two or more Kindle accounts, check out my guide on how to transfer books from one Kindle account to another!
How to Transfer Kindle Books to New Kindle?
Now, let’s take a look at how to transfer books to your new Kindle device! There are multiple ways you can transfer books to your new Kindle.
Let’s take a look at each method one by one –
Method 1 – Using Amazon Account Associated With Your Kindle Device
The first method is perhaps the easiest of all the methods listed below. All you need to do is ensure that you have registered your Kindle to the correct Amazon account. Also, make sure that you connect the Kindle to the internet for this method to work.
Here’s a step by step description of what you need to do –
Step 1 – Register Kindle to Your Amazon Account
Check if your Kindle is already registered to your account. Open the “Settings” menu to verify. To do that, click on the “3 vertical dots” (next to the cart icon) on the top-right of your screen. Then, from the dropdown, tap on the “Settings” option.
Under the “Your Account” field, a registered Kindle will show the name of the account. If your device is not registered, follow the steps mentioned in my other article to register the Kindle.
Step 2 – Enable Whispersync on Your Kindle
First, open the settings option.
Next, click on the “Device Options” from the various options available in the settings menu. Then, tap on “Advanced Options” and verify if the “Whispersync for Books” is enabled.
Step 3 – Open the “Content Library” on Amazon
The next step is to log in to your Amazon account using a web browser on your computer. Then, open the “Content Library” on your Amazon account. You will then see the list of all the books that you’ve ever purchased using your Amazon account.
If you are unable to see the list of all the books, then first make sure that you have selected the “content” tab from the top. Also, make sure that you have logged in to the same Amazon account that you use for reading books.
Now, select all the books by clicking the “Select All” button. Alternatively, select books individually. Once you have selected the books that you wish to transfer to your new Kindle, click on the “Deliver to Device” option.
Step 4 – Send Books to Your New Kindle
In the last step of the process, choose your Kindle device from the list of all the devices visible. Make sure you choose the new Kindle device here (I happened to deregister my old Kindle so only one option is visible).
Then, click on “Make Changes” and the books will be sent to your new Kindle in a few minutes!
Method 2 – Transfer Books to New Kindle Using a USB Cable
The only drawback to the previous method is that your Kindle should have the capability to connect to the internet. But, if that is not the case, this method will work just fine for you.
The next method that you can use to transfer books to your new Kindle involves using a computer and a USB cable.
I’ve written a detailed article on this topic. So, in this section, I’ll share with you the steps involved. But, in case you don’t understand the steps, or if you need visual aids to understand the process better, check out my other article on how to transfer books to Kindle using a computer.
Here’s what you need to do to transfer books to your new Kindle via a USB cable –
- Download the Kindle books to your computer using the “Download and Transfer via USB” option
- Connect your Kindle to the computer using a compatible USB cable
- If you are using Kindle Fire, you may be prompted to enter your device password on your Kindle. Do that.
- If you are connecting a Kindle Fire to a Mac, you will need to install Android File Transfer utility app.
- Open the “Kindle Drive” on your computer. You can access the Kindle drive in the same folder as any other USB device (usually under the “My Computer” section).
- In the “Kindle Drive”, open the “Documents” folder and transfer all the books to this folder.
- For Kindle Fire, first open the “Internal Storage”. Then, locate the “books” folder and transfer all the books to this folder.
Once you transfer all the books to your device, right-click on the “Kindle Drive” on your computer and click on “Eject”. This will ensure that you safely eject your Kindle and prevent any damage to the storage drive.
Method 3 – Using Send-to-Kindle Email Address
Another method that you can use to send books to your new Kindle device is using the “Send-to-Kindle” email address.
The “Send-to-Kindle” email is a great feature that basically allows you to transfer books to your Kindle using an email address.
Again, I’ve written a detailed article on how to find your send-to-Kindle email address. In the article, I also talk about how to send books to Kindle using the send-to-Kindle email. For full details of the process with pictures, make sure you check out my other article.
But, here are steps that you need to follow briefly –
- Register your email address as part of the approved email account’s list
- Locate your device’s “Send-to-Kindle” email address and make a note of it
- Compose a new email and add your Kindle email address in the recipient field
- Add upto 25 books at a time to a single email as an attachment
- Send the books
Sometimes, the Send-to-Kindle may not work and there are multiple reasons for it. Check out my other article if your Send-to-Kindle email is not working.
This method can also be used for sending books purchased outside of Amazon. The only drawback to this method is that you can only send 25 books at a time. So, if you have a huge library of books, it can take you some time to transfer all your books to your new device.
How to Transfer Books from Old Kindle to New Kindle?
The easiest method to transfer books from your old Kindle to a new Kindle device is to sync both the devices to the same Amazon account. You can also transfer books from the old Kindle to a new Kindle using a USB cable and a computer.
Transferring books from your old Kindle to a New Kindle device is the same as transferring books from one Kindle device to another (which I’ve talked about extensively in another article).
Apart from syncing both the devices to the same Amazon account, you can also transfer books from your old Kindle to your computer first using a USB cable. Then, connect your new Kindle device and transfer the books to your new device (using the method above).
Once you connect your Kindle to the computer, your books will be visible in the “Documents” folder of your “Kindle Drive” for Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis. For Kindle Fire, you will need to open the “Internal Storage” folder, and then the “Books” folder to access the books.
You can use the same folder to transfer the books to your new device.
The good thing about this process is that you will not only be able to transfer all your Kindle books, but also the books that you’ve bought outside of Amazon!
Can You Transfer Kindle Books from Your Old Broken Kindle?
Your Kindle books on your broken device can be accessed by syncing your new Kindle to your Amazon account. Any books present on your old Kindle that were bought outside of Amazon will be lost. It can be transferred to your new device via USB if you have a backup of your books.
It also depends on what part of you old Kindle is broken. If it is just the screen, while the Kindle itself is working, then you should be able to extract all the files to a computer, and transfer them to the new Kindle as per the steps highlighted in the article.
Also, even if your device is completely broken and it doesn’t even switch on, you can reach out to a data recovery center. Data from almost any storage device can be retrieved as long as the storage disk itself is not damaged or corrupted.
However, the cost might be more than the value of the books on your device. So, do keep that in mind!
How to Transfer Books from Your Phone to a New Kindle?
If you are a first time Kindle owner, chances are that most of your books reside either on a computer or your phone.
If you want to transfer Kindle books present on your phone to a Kindle, simply make sure that you log in to the same Kindle account as that on the phone, and sync your Kindle device. To transfer non-Kindle books, connect your phone to a PC and transfer the books to Kindle via USB.
The only thing that you will need to know is exact location of the books on your phone. If you have simply downloaded the books, you should find it in the “Downloads” folder on your device.
Alternatively, if you have transferred the books to your device using a particular application, look for the folder name of the application.
You can also use the search function within the file explorer to locate the books with a particular extension.
Once you’ve located the books on your mobile device, here’s what you need to do –
- Connect your phone to a computer via USB (or Bluetooth, but USB preferred)
- Transfer the books to your computer. Use the file explorer for Android and iTunes for iPhones to locate and transfer the books.
- Connect your new Kindle to the computer. Open the “Kindle Drive”, and then the “documents” folder.
- Transfer all the books in the “documents” folder on your Kindle.
- Right-click on the “Kindle Drive” and “Eject” the drive safely.
With that, you should be able to transfer all the books from your phone to your new Kindle.
You can also transfer books present on your phone to your Kindle directly using the “Send-to-Kindle” email address. Follow the process described in the previous section of the article to do the same.
Credit to Perfecto Capucine from Pexels for the featured image of this article.
About the Author
Akansha is a former business journalist and a seasoned communications professional. She is the founder of TheBookBuff, an avid storyteller, and a lifelong biblophile! Check out her profile page to know more about Akansha.