How to Send a PDF File to a Kindle

By Natalie Ray

You can add PDF files to your Kindle by either manually copying the file to your Kindle using the USB cord or by emailing the file to Amazon. The Kindle can read most PDF files, but occasionally the PDF file's image will be too small for the Kindle screen. In that case you will want to choose the option of emailing the file to Amazon. After Amazon converts the file, it will download to your Kindle.

Add PDF files using the USB cord.

Step 1

Plug your Kindle into your computer using the Kindle's USB cord.

Step 2

Locate the PDF file you want to add using "Explore" on your computer. Right click on the file and select "Copy."

Step 3

Open your Kindle folder by clicking on the Kindle icon in the left-hand panel of Explore. Click on "documents." The PDF file must go into the documents folder for it to show up on your Kindle. Right click and select "Paste." Your PDF is now on your Kindle.

Right click on the Kindle icon and select "Eject" when you finish adding the PDF files to your Kindle. You Kindle will go out of USB drive mode, and you will see your PDF documents on the home page of your Kindle.

Email PDF documents to your Kindle.

Step 1

Log in to your account and find your Kindle email address. To do this, select "Manage Your Kindle" from your account page. Your Kindle email address will be listed in the format of

Step 2

Add your email address to the "Your Kindle Approved Email List" section. Once you complete this step you are ready to email the PDF document to your Kindle.

Step 3

Open your personal email and create a new email. Attach the PDF document and type "CONVERT" in the subject line. Click "Send" to email the document to

Turn your Kindle's Whispernet on and your document will appear on your Kindle's home page within a few minutes.