How can I pass content I've bought on Amazon to my Amazon Kindle (Paperwhite)? Because it turned out that it is not that easy. Actually, it is really hard.

What I've tried so far:

  • Shared Wi-Fi from iMac, but Kindle says that "Peer-to-peer networks are not supported by Kindle". Fail.
  • Installed Kindle for Mac app, tried to find something like download to device. Fail.
  • Installed "Send to Kindle app" and realised that it solves completely different task.
  • Found path where Kindle for Mac stores downloaded books, copied files to Kindle's Volume document folder. These books are seen but Kindle refuses to open any of them claiming they are not mine.
  • Downloading to my good old Kindle DX, trying to copy to Paperwhite. The same shit as in previous attempt.

My MacOS is 10.8.2 if that helps. I'll appreciate any kind of advice. Whole this situation is making me annoyed. I mean, it is my content, I've bought it.

2 Answers 2


I would use a different book manager on your mac. I would install something like Calibre to manage your e-books.

Calibre is very flexible and there are plug-ins which allow you to remove DRM. This then allows you to share your content across devices without having to have the device registered with Amazon.

I would then download your purchased e-books from Amazon using the "transfer via USB" option. You only need to have one device registered with Amazon for this method to work. However if you have your paperwhite registered you can also do the transfer via USB with DRM in tact, as stated in the other answer.

When you import them into Calibre the DRM is removed and you can then move the books via USB to any device you want.


If you've purchased content (i.e., ebooks on Amazon) then all you need to do is register your Kindle paperwhite on the kindle website, http://kindle.amazon.com .

After you've registered your device, you can go into Cloud section on your device and see all your past purchases. They will all be available for download.

  • mmmmmm - without wi-fi? (see my first attempt).
    – shabunc
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 23:30
  • this is exactly the way I've downloaded content to DX, which can connect by EDGE. The thing is I can not get this content to Paperwhite without wi-fi connection, though I have broadband connection, iMac and kindle DX.
    – shabunc
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 23:32
  • Also, ther is no such thing like Archive on Paperwhite, it is called Cloud nowadays. So downvoting, sorry. This answer is just wrong.
    – shabunc
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 23:36
  • I don't get it. Can't you access wifi elsewhere (like at a Starbucks) and get your content that way? (Also, don't think your question was clear enough to justify the down vote.)
    – heydave
    Commented Nov 9, 2012 at 23:49
  • well, I'll have to do it if nobody answers me)) After all I can by router.
    – shabunc
    Commented Nov 10, 2012 at 6:22

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