I am new to Amazon Kindle ebooks. I am using my computer to read Kindle ebooks. I am using Kindle-for-Pc software. I just downloaded an ebook, but I cannot find it anywhere. I need to find it so that I can backup in my flash drive, in case something happens to the computer. I can perfectly read the book from the Kindle-for-Pc program, but I need to find the actual ebook, since it was not free and I don't want to lose it.


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Amazon's Kindle for PC reader saves a copy of your books to your hard drive, once you download them. Note that you have to download them from the cloud; new books aren't downloaded to a device unless (1) you told Amazon to send that book to that device or (2) you downloaded the book from the app on that device.

By default, the books are saved in this folder:


Replace YOURUSERNAME with your Windows username.

Typically, you will have two files per book: a .apnx and a .azw. Backup both of them. You may want to consider an automated backup service to backup these and your other files.

  • What is downloading from cloud? How is it different from normal download? Do you mean that the ebook is downloaded temporarily on the computer and then gets deleted every time I turn the computer off?
    – anonymous
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 23:35
  • Can I read the ebooks offline or do I have to stay connected to the internet whenever I want to read any ebook?
    – anonymous
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 23:37
  • @Raj I just mean downloading it from Amazon; you have to download it in the app before you can read it on the PC. That's a one-time thing. Once you have downloaded it, the book will stay on your computer, and you can read it online or offline.
    – elixenide
    Commented Nov 13, 2015 at 23:45
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    Nope, not in that folder! Any other location suggestions?
    – myzzz
    Commented Apr 6, 2017 at 6:24
  • What's the directory for Linux Ubuntu? Commented Mar 5, 2018 at 7:25

I have Windows 10 and also use the PC software. Mine are stored in my "Documents" folder in subfolder "My Kindle Content". That would ordinarily be "%HOMEPATH%\Documents\My Kindle Content", but I have changed the location of my Documents folder to another drive.

On the Kindle app's toolbar go to "Tools|Options..." and click on the "Content" tab. Here you will see the location of your files along with a button giving you the option to change that location. enter image description here

  • this worked for me
    – Dan Z
    Commented Mar 30, 2018 at 0:56
  • The option to change folder is greyed out for me.
    – john
    Commented Jan 16, 2020 at 15:37

I found mine (on Windows 10) in

C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Documents\My Kindle Content\

There's a sub-folder for each downloaded book, containing the .azw and .azw.res files (didn't see a .apnx file).

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