Even though we sometimes give Amazon’s Kindle a hard time, the device is undoubtedly handy for reading e-books. The Kindle lets you seamlessly download books straight from Amazon in a matter of seconds. And, even better, you can load the Kindle with thousands of free e-books from sources such as Project Gutenberg. (Few people know this.) This guide will show you how to download a free book from Project Gutenberg, and then read it on your Kindle. You can also find many free ebooks for the Kindle in our Free eBook collection.
Go to http://www.gutenberg.org and search for a book you would like to read.
Once you’ve found a book that you want to download, download it in MOBI format if possible. If no MOBI format exists, then using plain text works as well.
After your download is complete, plug in your Kindle to your computer’s USB port. The Kindle will show up as a USB Drive.
Go to the Documents directory on your Kindle.
Copy the e-book file to the Documents folder. You can optionally rename the file to something more meaningful if you’d like.
The silver cursor on your Kindle will begin to spin. When it stops, the Kindle is finished syncing. Now you can eject and unplug your Kindle and enjoy your free ebook!
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