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eBook Central: Transfer Kindle Overdrive Titles via USB

Transferring Kindle Content via USB

Downloading Kindle Content

Both Macintosh and Windows users can download and transfer Overdrive's Kindle content from their computers to their Kindles through the USB cable.  Here's how to do it...

Open the Manage Your Kindle page.


You'll see Your Kindle Library. To the right of the book title you want to transfer to your Kindle, click Actions.



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Choose Transfer via Computer , then click "Buy now with 1-Click."

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You may be prompted to open or save the file; choose "Save" and select a location that is easy to find again, such as the desktop.


Once the file has been saved, connect your Kindle to your computer using the USB cable.


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When connected to your computer, your Kindle will go into USB drive mode.

Your Kindle will appear in the same location as external USB drives usually appear. For Windows users, this is typically in the "Computer" or "My Computer" menu. For Mac users, the drive will appear on the desktop.


Open the Kindle drive. You will see several folders inside, one of which will be named Documents. This is the folder you will move your downloaded Kindle content into.


Locate your downloaded Kindle book, and drag and drop it into the Documents folder.

Safely eject your Kindle from your computer, then unplug the USB cable. The file you transfered will now appear on your Kindle Home screen.

Remember: Kindle will only recognize transferred files if:

    File types are listed in the Files Kindle Recognizes section below.
    Files are transferred to the correct folder for their type.
    Files are free of digital rights management software.