How To Get Free Books Onto Your Kindle

by Greg on January 10, 2011

I’ve had a few people ask me how to get books from some of the free Kindle book sites that are on the Free Kindle Books post.

This will be a quick guide on how to do just that. For this guide I will use ManyBooks.net (#6 on the list) as the example.

Here are the steps that need to be done to get one of the many free books from ManyBooks.net onto your Kindle using a PC.

  1. Go to ManyBooks.net.
  2. You can search by Author, Title, Genre, Languages, New Titles, or Recommended. If you know the title of the book that you’re looking for, type the title in the search box in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
  3. For this example we’ll say that we want to download “Moby Dick”. So type Moby Dick into the search box and press enter.
  4. Under “Search Results” you will see the heading “Titles” and below that you will see the name of the book, “Moby Dick” which is clickable.
  5. Click on the title of the book “Moby Dick” and you will be taken the Moby Dick page on ManyBooks.
  6. In the right hand column you will see the download box and in that box there is a dropdown menu. Click on the dropdown menu arrow and you will see all of the formats that the book is available in. For the Kindle you will want to select .mobi or .azw.
  7. Click the “Download” button.
  8. A box will appear on your screen asking if you want to Open or Save File.
  9. Choose Save File. Click OK.
  10. You will then need to determine where on your computer you would like to save the file. This is completely up to you. Many people like to save the files to their Desktop to make it easy to find but you can save it in a separate folder that you set up just for Kindle books (this is what I do) or you can just save it anywhere you want. When you go to save the book to your computer, a screen will appear with the name of the book next to “File Name” and the file type next a box called “Save as Type”. Don’t change either one of these. Click the “Save” button.
  11. Next, connect your Kindle to your computer with the USB cable that came with your Kindle. After doing this, your Kindle will show up as one of the drives on your computer.
  12. Go to the place on your computer where you saved “Moby Dick” and right click on the title and select “Copy”.
  13. Go to the drive where your Kindle is located (mine is drive J but yours may be different. It will say “Kindle” so that you know which one it is) and double click on the “documents” folder.
  14. Once you’re in the documents folder, right click and choose “Paste”.
  15. You now have a copy of Moby Dick on your Kindle
  16. Very important. Don’t forget to click the “Safely Remove Hardware” button at the bottom right corner of your computer screen (that’s where mine is, yours may be different) and then disconnect your Kindle before unplugging the USB cord.

This may seem like a lot of steps but it only takes a couple of minutes to do and after you’ve done a couple of them, you’ll start to get very fast at doing this.

Most of the free Kindle book sites work the same as ManyBooks but I thought I would use ManyBooks because it is so easy to use and is one of my favorite places to go to get some good free classic books.

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