How To Backup Your Amazon Kindle eBooks

images (1)Currently, there are many online bookstores or libraries that let you browse, download, and read various free and paid eBooks on your device. The most popular ones are Amazon Kindle Store, Google PlayBook, Scribd, and Kobo, not necessarily in that order.However, the Amazon Kindle Store is reported to be the first choice for online readers and publishers as it has the largest collection of legal eBooks, in the world. There are over a million of eBooks of all genres, available here, that you can read using a Kindle reading app or a Kindle eBook reader.

Amazon has developed and released various Kindle apps for devices running on different platforms. The company has also launched and promoted various variants of Kindle eBook reader, such as Kindle PaperWhite and Kindle 7th Generation.As much as you like reading your favorite titles on your preferred device, but having all your downloaded eBooks stored on a single Kindle device, tablet, smartphone, or on the cloud is not ideal. It is better to make a backup of the eBooks you’ve legally bought from the Kindle store.

Following are the step-by-step instructions for making the backup of all downloaded Kindle eBooks. These steps are easy to follow and the entire process can be completed within five minutes.

For users of Kindle eBook reader-

  • Use USB cable to connect your Kindle device to the computer.
  • Go to My Computer and open the drive showing the name of your Kindle device. You can view all your eBooks in the folder labeled ‘Documents’.
  • Copy this ‘Documents’ folder to any preferred location in your computer.
  • In case you end up deleting books on your Kindle, you can always come back, copy and paste your backed up ‘Documents’ folder back to your Kindle device.

For users of Kindle apps On Computer-

  • Open the already downloaded Amazon’s Kindle for PC app (for windows-based PC or for Mac systems).
  • Sign-in with your Amazon account. For doing this, you’ll need to have an active and stable internet connection.
  • You will now be able to see all your eBooks bought via Amazon listed there. Right-click any book of your choice and then click download. The book will get downloaded to a specific folder in your computer.
  • Navigate to this specific folder and copy its content or the entire folder to another location in your computer to create a backup.

On Windows XP, Vista, and 7, you will see the downloaded book in C:\Users\username\Documents\My Kindle Content

On Windows 8 and 8.1, you will see the downloaded book in C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Amazon\Kindle\application\content

On Mac, you will need to go to ~/Documents/ My Kindle Content

Currently Amazon Kindle app for smartphones doesn’t support direct transfer of Amazon eBooks from phone memory to the computer or other compatible devices.

By simply following the above listed steps, you will able to build or later update a backup of your all eBooks, without any hassle. You can also save this backed-up folder to a pendrive or a memory card. You can also send a copy of this folder or files to another Pc too.

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