How do I load a .mobi eBook file onto my Kindle Fire?

Young woman reading ebook on an Amazon Kindle, London, England, UKIf you want to load a .mobi eBook file you have purchased from a source other than onto your Kindle Fire, you will need to sideload it. Sideloading is simply a fancy term for copying an eBook file from your computer or email account onto your eReader. Here are two methods for sideloading a Barking Rain Press .mobi eBook file onto your Kindle Fire:

Method 1: Using a computer (easiest):

  1. Using a mini USB to USB cord, connect the Kindle Fire to a computer.
  2. Download the eBook file onto your computer.
  3. Using a file explorer program, open up the Kindle (it will show as a temporary drive). Also open the folder on the computer with the file.
  4. Drag the eBook file from the computer to the Kindle Fire “Books” directory.
  5. Follow your computer’s procedure for disconnecting peripheral devices. The book will now be available in the Kindle Fire’s “Books” tab.

Method 2: Using only the Kindle Fire:

  1. Download the eBook file to the Kindle Fire using either the browser or via email.
  2. Download and install a file explorer program, such as ES File Explorer from Amazon APP market (it’s free).
  3. Using the file explorer find the book file (it will be in the main Kindle directory) and copy it (press and hold the icon until the sub-menu pops up).
  4. Go to the “Books” folder.
  5. Paste the file (with ES Explorer you will need to select “Operations,” then hit paste).
  6. Power Kindle Fire off and back on.
  7. Book should be in the Books tab.

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