How to Read .Txt Files With Kindle (5 Steps)

By Jack Gerard

Users can add TXT files to their Kindle e-book readers.
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The Kindle e-book reader is the best-selling product on, the website that created the Kindle. Users can choose from thousands of books, magazines and other items to purchase and download to the Kindle directly from Amazon's Kindle store. Kindle owners aren't limited to documents purchased from the Kindle store, however; documents in certain file formats such as .txt can be added to the Kindle from the user's computer. The Kindle reads .txt files as a native file format.

Step 1

Connect the Kindle to your computer using a USB cable. Plug the cable into your computer and into the Kindle, waiting for the computer to recognize the Kindle as a storage device.

Step 2

Launch Windows Explorer. Click on the storage device icon representing the Kindle to select it. You should see three folders, "Documents," Audible" and "Music." Click the "+" beside the Kindle device icon to expand the file tree so that these folders appear below the device.

Step 3

Navigate in Windows Explorer to the folder that contains the .txt files you want to read on your Kindle. Select the files, holding the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard while doing so if you have more than one file to select.

Step 4

Drag the .txt files to the "Documents" folder on your Kindle. Your computer will copy the files to the device. Once the files have been copied to the Kindle, unmount the device by right-clicking the USB icon in the system tray area and selecting the "Eject" option.

Step 5

Disconnect the Kindle from the USB cable. Restart the device if necessary. The .txt files will be automatically added to your Kindle library and are readable just like books you've downloaded from the Kindle store.