Amazon's Kindle allows you to shop for content directly from the device itself and download it without connecting to a computer. However, it's also possible to purchase Kindle e-books or other compatible files using a regular PC and then connect the Kindle and transfer the content. This process is relatively simple and straightforward, but some tips can make it smoother and more productive.
Kindles can connect via USB cable to any PC computer running Windows 2000 or later or any Apple computer running Mac OS X 10.2 or later. As the Kindle runs on a Linux-based operating system, the device should have no problem connecting to this type of computer, but Amazon.com doesn't provide support for Linux systems.
On Windows PCs, the Kindle appears as a removable storage disk in Window's Explorer. If you have a Kindle with an optional SD memory card, this may also appear as a separate storage disk. On Macintosh systems, the Kindle appears as a drive in Finder. Both systems allow you to drag and drop files onto the Kindle for transfer, as with any other drive.
While you can transfer any type of file onto the Kindle from your computer, the device recognizes only compatible file types. These include AZW, TXT, MOBI, PRC, MP3 and AA files. Later generations of the Kindle accept Microsoft Word, HTML, RTF, PDF and some image files via the Kindle Personal Document Service. However, the Kindle may not show these non-native file formats accurately.
The Kindle can take clippings from e-books and other documents using the "Save Page as Clipping" function. This function causes the Kindle to store clipping of the page in question in a file called "My Clippings.txt" in the "Documents" directory. You can move this file from the Kindle to your computer using the drag-and-drop method. If you remove the clipping file from its original location, the Kindle creates a new one the next time you make a clipping.
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