Buying, Acquiring and Managing Content on Your Kindle Paperwhite – A How-To Guide

Purchasing content on your Kindle Paperwhite can seem to be a slightly daunting task for users who are new to the Kindle experience of buying, reading and managing e-books over the world-wide web. This article talks about the basic steps which can help you purchase, download, and manage content on your Kindle Paperwhite device.

Purchasing Content Online

First of all, you need to make sure that your Kindle Paperwhite is registered with your name. You can go to the Settings screen from the menu button on the Home Screen to access this option. This will ensure ease of transactions when you go ahead with purchasing books on the Amazon Kindle Store.

To buy an item from a Kindle Store on your computer, simply visit the item’s page in the Kindle Store. On the right-hand side of the screen, you will see the ‘Buy Now With 1-Click’ section.  Select ‘Transfer via Computer’ under the ‘Deliver to’ section. After this, click the ‘Buy Now With 1-Click’ button. The file will be downloaded on your computer after the transaction. As discussed in the following sections, you can transfer it via USB cable on your Kindle Paperwhite.

Once you have purchased the book, you have two options to transfer it onto your Kindle Paperwhite device. The first includes downloading it from the Amazon Cloud, if you have purchased it from the Amazon Store, whereas the second method involves file transfer via USB from your Personal Computer, if you have downloaded the book from another third-party website.

Downloading Content Wirelessly Via Cloud

Content such as books and magazines that you have purchased from the Kindle Store and those which have not been downloaded on your Kindle Paperwhite is securely stored and available in the Cloud at Your Kindle Library.

To download content wirelessly, first connect your Kindle Paperwhite to a suitable Wireless Network from the Settings Screen, which can be accessed from the Menu button on the Home Screen. Once you are connected to the internet, tap the ‘Cloud’ button which is located on the top-right corner of the Home Screen on your Kindle Paperwhite.

Here, you will see a list of all the documents which are stored securely in your Amazon Kindle Cloud. Tap on the required file to select and download it on to your Kindle Paperwhite. Once it is done, you can tap the ‘Device’ tab to view the content that has just been downloaded on your device.

Transferring Items Via USB To And From Your PC

If the data you which to transfer to your Kindle Paperwhite is stored on your computer, you will need to plug in a USB cable between your computer and the Kindle. Do note that the Kindle Paperwhite ships with a white USB 2.0 charging cable.

If you are using the Microsoft Windows operating system, the Kindle Paperwhite will appear as a removable USB device in your ‘My Computer’ screen.


Double-click on this device to open it. You will see a list of folders, all of which are used to store content of different types, such as audio books, e-books, pictures, and music files. Select the appropriate folder, and simply copy-paste the required document into this folder to complete the file transfer. You can also copy content out of your Kindle Paperwhite and on to your computer in a similar manner.


This process is almost the same for Mac users, but with slight differences from where to access the Kindle Paperwhite device. When you connect your Kindle Paperwhite with your PC via USB cable, it will appear on the desktop as an icon with the name ‘Kindle’. Using this icon, you can access your Kindle device.

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