Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday tip: Moving content and collections to your new Kindle

Today's tip: How do I move content and collections to my new Kindle?

With many of us licking our chops to get the widely-anticipated new Kindle e-readers, this is timely advice from our Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting board.

When you get a new Kindle, you'll probably want to load your books and keep the existing collections that you've set up.  Here's how to do that.

First, you'll have to send each book individually. You can go to Amazon's Manage Your Kindle page and send them to your Kindle that way. Or, you can go to Archived Items on your new Kindle and select books or other content to be downloaded.

In general, it's recommended that you download books in small groups of 50 to 100.  The device will work to index them when you do that - and you'll want to be sure that it all works well before you go to the next group of books.

To check for indexing each time, do a search on a non-existent word like "qxgpz".  When it shows zero items not yet indexed, you can do the next batch.

Note that the index will use the battery somewhat faster than is perhaps expected, so it's not a bad idea to leave the Kindle plugged in while you're doing this.

Once you've got your books on your device, then you can import the collections from your existing Kindle. Go to "Archived Items" on your Kindle and select "import collections".

When you do that, books on your Kindle will sort into the collections they were associated with on the other Kindle.  You can import collections anytime you add another bunch of books that were assigned to a collection on your other Kindle.

Note that if you don't have an existing Kindle on the account (perhaps because you already de-registered it to give away or sell), there will be no collections to import. In that event you'd have to set up the collections anew and assign books to those collections. This is something to consider if you're looking to give away your previous Kindle; import your collections from it first!

Thanks to KindleBoards moderator Ann in Arlington for the tip! Find more useful tidbits in our Tips, Tricks and Troubleshooting board!

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