The one point of frustration I ran into was getting my existing eBooks copied over and recognized by the Fire. Soooo... being a tech guy I thought I'd share some answers to those who are having similar issues and save them some irritation.
I've found two good ways to copy files (ones not provided by Amazon) to the Kindle. The first is with a good old USB connection and the other is wirelessly with an application called WiFi File Explorer Pro.
Copying files to the Kindle Fire via USB:
- Connect your Fire to your computer with a Micro USB cable.
- Unlock your Kindle! If you do not wake and unlock your Fire the computer will not connect to it.
- Go into Computer (or My Computer in Windows XP) and look for a new drive that shows up as being 4.99 GB. Mine just so happens to be E: but yours may be a different drive letter. Double click the drive to open it.
- Find the Books folder on the drive and open it.
- Copy your .mobi file into this folder.
- Wait for the file copy to complete and then push the Disconnect button at the bottom of the connection screen on your Fire.
- Shut down the Fire by holding in the power button and then pushing Shut Down on the Kindle screen. Do not skip this step! If you don't shut down after copying .mobi files to the Fire they may not show up. I have no idea why this is but it seems to be the missing step in getting the files to show up once they're on the Fire.
- Turn your Fire back on and go into Books. Your recently added book(s) will show up in your books list with a NEW tag on them.
NOTE: If your newly added books don't show up in Books, check Documents. If they show up there instead of in Books they are mislabeled and you will need to follow the next section to label them correctly.
Fixing eBooks showing up in Docs instead of Books (fixing the meta tag):
- Download and install http://calibre-ebook.com/ on your computer. This is a widely used freeware ebook library utility.
- Open Calibre and click the Add Books button in the upper left hand corner.
- Browse to and highlight the .mobi file you want to fix and click the Open button.
- You should now see your book listed in the Calibre book list. Click the book to highlight it.
- Click the Convert Books button on the menu at the top of the window.
- Click the MOBI Output button in the menu on the left edge of the Convert window.
- Look for the Kindle Options section in the middle of the window. You should see a box labled Personal Doc tag. This probably says [PDOC].
- Change the tag to [EBOK] (all upper case and in the brackets). This tells the Fire that the file is a book and not a document.
- Click OK to begin the conversion process.
- Look for the Jobs indicator in the bottom right hand corner. Wait for the icon to stop spinning and the number of jobs to show as 0.
- Once all conversion jobs are completed, locate the converted book in the Calibre book list. Click it with your right mouse button and choose Open Containing Folder.
- You will see two .mobi files there; one with the book name and the other with a .original_mobi in the name. The .original_mobi is the ebook prior to editing. The .mobi file without .original_mobi in the name is the newly edited ebook and is the file you want copy to your Kindle Fire Books directory using the steps above (Copying files to the Kindle Fire via USB).