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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Beginner's Guide for Reading .PDF Files on Kindle

Kindle, PDF’s and Those Who Love Being Frugal of Time . .


Note: The second edition of my The Frugal BookPromoter is now on Kindle and it wasn’t long ago I got a new Kindle.  It took me awhile to learn to download books’ pdf files on m own Kindle and, it dawned on me now is a good time to remind those of you who haven’t used your Kindles for this (and those of you who are IwannaKindle people) how to load the pdfs you want to carry with you--whether they are books or other documents you want to read.  So here are some instructions sent to me by Karen Cioffi. She said:

You can put the PDF of the book you won on your Kindle reader. Here’s how.

~Plug your Kindle into one of your USB ports, it'll bring it up as a new drive on your computer (it might show up as the F, K, J, or other Drive on your computer).

~Then just copy the PDF (from where you originally saved it) and paste it to the Kindle drive.

~Then you'll need to open the Kindle drive and move the PDF into the Kindle Doc file (you just click on the PDF file and drag it into the Kindle Doc file). [Note: I found saving it directly to the documents folder works better than saving it to the books folder or anywhere else. But this may be a feature available only on the newer Kindles.]

That's it. It'll then show up listed in your Kindle contents.

It's just like copying and pasting a file from your hard drive to a zip drive, or from one zip drive to another.

I load my Word files, too. I just turn my word docs into PDFs if I want to read them on Kindle.

 I do this with all the PDFs that I download.

If you run into a problem, let me know and I'll walk you through it.

Karen Cioffi-Ventrice
Author, ghostwriter, freelance writer,
Editor for 4RV Publishing

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/karencioffiventrice

Note: Karen sent these instructions when I won an e-copy of one of her books in a contest she was using to promote her work. What a nice service to include as part of any winner package that includes e-books!
Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about this blog:


  1. You can also put it on your iphone or ipad.

  2. It's just amazing at all the avenues we have to read, watch, and listen to information!


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