How to Download Kindle ebooks
from Gutenberg to a Fire via a PC

This will help you download Kindle books from sources other than Amazon through your PC and a mini USB cable to your Kindle Fire. Two of the most important sources for these older public domain books are Gutenberg and Internet Archive.

I wrote this because Gutenberg says that you should just get rid of your Amazon Fire and buy another tablet. This is Gutenberg's page on the Fire.

Buying another tablet costs money and you have to learn how to use the new tablet. It is cheaper and quicker to simply learn how to download Kindle books to your Fire.

Brief Overview

Go to Gutenberg, look up the book, download your preferred Kindle version, illustrated or not illustrated to your PC. Go to your PC's download file, move the Kindle book to the desktop.

Then connect your Fire to your PC with the mini USB cable. Your Fire needs to be turned on and unlocked. This will automatically bring up a window on your PC. In the main field which covers most of the window is one option, Internal storage, click on it.

The window will now give you a list of places you can store files on your Fire. I store eBooks in books, so I move the eBook from the desktop to the books folder.

Then I change the name of the file to make it a closer match to the title. Finally I check the Fire tablet to see if the process worked.

Slow Step by Step

1. From Gutenberg to Desktop

First, go to Gutenberg and find your book. Look down the page until you find the Kindle download options, typically with and without images.

Put the cursor on the Kindle option of your choice, it will turn to a hand with a finger pointing, and a little box below it will say download. Click. At the bottom of your screen, a bar will appear. On the side of the screen nearest your left hand will appear an icon of a paper and next to that pg and a number followed by a period and the letters mobi. For The Picture of Dorian Gray, it said pg174.mobi

A little to the right of that is a hat, ^. Click on the ^ to get a menu. Click on the third option down, "show in folder."

You will see various files, one with a light blue background. If you are having trouble finding it remember it is a mobi file.

If your browser is in full-screen mode, change to the mode where you can see the desktop. Drag the Kindle, mobi, file to the desktop.

2. From Desktop to Books Folder of Fire Tablet

Now, turn your Fire on, enter your password, and connect the Fire to the PC with your mini USB cable, the cable that comes with Fire.

This will automatically bring up a window which has one option on the major field, Internal storage, click on it. (Internal storage is easy to find, there is bar under it which is partially blue, to tell you how much you have used. The Major field covers most of the window except the top and the side closest to your left hand.)

Once you click on Internal storage the major field will fill with many options where you can store things, for example, Books, Music, and Movies. I store my ebooks in books. So I drag the file from the desktop to the folder named books and drop it in.

3. Change Title, Check, and Clean Up

Then open the folder, find the file and change the name to something that more closely matches the title. You do this by right clicking the file, and picking the rename option from the menu.

Finally, go to your Fire tablet open documents, then open the file you put the eBook into, for example books, and check to see if it is there.

One last thing, clean up. Right click on the eBook file you just downloaded on your desktop and delete it.

Final Thoughts

You now have your free book where you can read it on the road, even when you do not have an Internet connection.

If you wanted the same thing from the Internet Archive then follow the same instructions and you will get the same results. I find the Internet Archive has important books Gutenberg misses.

Ok, it maybe a little hard the first time, but it is cheaper than buying a new tablet, and you do not have to learn how to use the new tablet.

Page last updated April 18, 2018