How to Put Text Files on a Kindle


The Amazon Kindle supports a variety of file formats in addition to Amazon's proprietary ebook format. The Kindle reads unprotected Mobipocket books ending in .MOBI or .PRC, PDF files and text files ending in .TXT. All versions of the Kindle starting with the original support text files without any modifications. Text files do not include Word documents, but you can use Microsoft Word's "Save As" function to convert most Word documents to plain text files.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable
  • Plug the Kindle into your computer using the included USB cable. If you don't have the cable, any USB cable with a mini-plug on the end will work.

  • Open the "Start" menu and click on "Computer." Double-click the "Kindle" icon in the Computer window.

  • Double-click the "documents" folder to open it. Drag-and-drop your text file to the "documents" folder to add it to the Kindle.

  • Click the small green icon in the lower left corner of the screen to safely eject your Kindle. The text file is available in the "Home" screen with any other ebooks on the device.

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