How to back up Kindle books to a computer
There is a newer version of this post which includes also a tip how to back-up Kindle books via Kindle desktop application – good for anyone who does not own a Kindle e-reader.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”.
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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Check also other posts about Kindle:
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – how to find eligible books
- Clever ad campaign shows the benefits of the front-lighted Kindle (pictures)
- A beautiful short animation shows the benefits of Kindle Paperwhite
- Explore Amazon’s best books of 2015 so far
- Kindle Paperwhite 2015: everything you need to know (infographic)