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I have an Amazon Kindle Keyboard, an iPhone, and an iPad.

I have purchased a load of eBooks from the publisher, O'Reilly, and have downloaded them on to the Kindle via USB.

I note these do not show up in my Kindle account on the Amazon website, and nor do they show up on my iPhone's or iPad's Kindle apps.

Is it possible to put non-Amazon eBook purchases into my Kindle account so they show up on all my devices?

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You can do this depending on the file type. Install Amazon's Send to Kindle for Mac. It's a free app that lets you send your personal documents to your Kindle devices and Kindle iOS reading apps from your Mac.

You can send using drag and drop, or from the Finder, or from other Mac apps via the "Send to Kindle" option in the Print menu. You can also choose which devices and apps you want to send to.

The documents you send must be one of these file types:

  • Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX)
  • PDF (.PDF)
  • TXT (.TXT)
  • RTF (.RTF)
  • JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)
  • GIF (.GIF)
  • PNG (.PNG)
  • BMP (.BMP)
  • MOBI (.MOBI - used for eBooks)

If your file doesn't meet these requirements, you can always use a tool like Calibre to convert it to a compatible type.

When uploading .MOBI eBooks these need to be DRM free.

There's more info on using the app on Amazon's site.

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The link in your post no longer works. Here is the new one. – ConsultStan Oct 26 '15 at 11:19
Thanks @ConsultStan – Bryan Luby Oct 30 '15 at 17:56
Send to Kindle doesn't send to Kindle for Mac, so if you think that you can underline in your kindle and review these in your Mac, this won't work. This might however sync your kindle and your phone, or tablets. – anvarik May 3 at 9:47

An excellent way to do this besides the Send To Kindle app is to use your Send To Kindle email address which allows you to send all kinds of files directly to a Kindle device or device running an Kindle app. The best thing to do is to send it to your Kindle cloud account, which has 5 GBS of free space, and from there you can just download to any device using the Cloud tab. To get more info on how to find your email addresses and all that check out this link

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It seems Kindle exclusively supports purchased ebook sync as Amazon won't auto sync every sideloaded book. Things are quite different on iPad and iPhone as iBooks supports purchased & non-purchased book sync. However, you must hope to sync between your Kindle and apple device.

Here is a guide exactly concerning how to sync the furthest page among various OS & devices, which does not suit you well but might be of help more or less.

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As explained in the other answer, it's very easy to add ebooks to Amazon's cloud storage as personal documents. From that point on they're treated no different from purchased ebooks. That answer does need to be edited as Send to Kindle also supports mobi and AZW files. – gabedwrds Nov 16 '12 at 11:16
@gabedwrds Your comment isn't quite right; For some reason on my account, and for all "personal" ebooks, I have options to send them to my kindle or my android phone. the options to send them to my mac or my ipad are greyed out. Makes very little sense to me. No bookmark sync for me between android and mac, a major pain. – user76396 Apr 22 '14 at 11:51

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