Saturday, August 28, 2010

Kindle Skills - File Types

August 28, 2010 Cindy O'Neal
Kindle File Management:
When you connect your Kindle to your computer via the USB cable that came with it, you have a terrific opportunity to actually peek at the file structure of your Kindle... see what is on it.

When you look at the contents of your Kindle while connected to your computer, you will see three default directories (folders).

The Documents folder is where all your ebooks, newspapers, Clippings file etc go... These might be books you purchase from Amazon or get from other sources (like

The Audible directory is for any audiobooks you purchase from, but it is also good for other mp3 files. These could be non protected audio book files, or music files. The nifty thing about the Audible directory is that files put in this folder have extra controls and are listed in your main Home area on your Kindle screen. These files can also be organized in Collections if you have a newer Kindle.

The music folder is just for mp3 files. Files placed in this folder will not show on your Home screen. These files are meant to be placed in the background while you are reading. The volume controls are on the side of your Kindle.

  • Alt-Spacebar - Starts playing background MP3 music.
  • Alt-F - Skips to the next song.
File Types that are Kindle friendly:
  • Documents folder: Kindle files (.azw, .azw1, .azw2), PDF files (.pdf), Text files (.txt), Unprotected Mobipocket files (.mobi, .prc)
  • Audible folder: Audible files - you must have an account (.aa, .aax), Unprotected other music or book files (.mp3)
  • Audio folder: MP3 files (.mp3)