How to back up Kindle books to a computer

Back up Kindle files to a computer

Updated on 16.10.2013

There is a newer version of this post which includes also a tip how to back-up Kindle books via Kindle desktop application – good for anyone who does not own a Kindle e-reader.

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The recent issue with Kindle iOS app update, which erased all books stored on a device, raised a question of how to better control books that are bought in Kindle Store and archived virtually on Amazon servers. An idea to back up Kindle books to a computer is worth considering. At least it gives a chance to immediately access these books in situations like the one described above.

The solution I’ll share is simple, but not perfect. You’ll need to own a Kindle e-reader to do that. It can’t be done, if you use only a Kindle application.

1. Connect the Kindle to your computer

Connect the Kindle to your computer using USB cable. Your e-reader will appear as an external drive. Open the drive icon, and locate the folder named “documents”.

How to back up Kindle books

2. Copy documents to the hard disc

Drag the “documents” folder to the desktop. The files will be copied. That’s it. If there are any problems with accessing the virtual Kindle archive, you can upload the files from a computer.

There are two things to remember: all the files will store the status at the time of downloading them to a computer. Secondly, only the files that are stored on a Kindle e-reader will be backed-up, not all files from your personal library. If you want all your Kindle archive backed-up, make sure to upload the rest of books to your Kindle.

This tip is more of an emergency action rather than a habit, but it’s good to keep it in mind. Who knows what may happen with the next update of Kindle iOS or Android application, or Kindle e-reader software. Let’s face it, users have no control over it. It’s all in the hands of Amazon’s software developers.

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