How To Edit Your Book On Your Kindle

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Publishing, Writing | 5 comments

How To Edit Your Book On Your Kindle

Ever wished you could read your manuscript on your Kindle?

No matter how big or small a writing project is, I always like to edit three ways: in Scrivener, a print copy, and on my Kindle. If I’m being really picky, I’ll read it on my phone through the Kindle app too. I know it’s cliche, but each different way you look at your manuscript shows you different concepts (and problems) that you may not have noticed the other ways.

Don’t have a Kindle? You can still follow these techniques to use the Kindle app on your computer, or your smartphone or tablet.

The best part about editing on your Kindle? It’s easy peasy. Trust me.


Editing Your Manuscript On A Kindle In 3 Easy Steps

Step One: Save your manuscript.

Did you think I was kidding when I said this was easy? Acceptable formats include Kindle format (MOBI or AZW), PDF, or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX). Which of these is better? That depends on what is easiest for you.


Kindle Format 

Kindle format is exactly what it sounds like  – your manuscript looks and responds exactly the same as a bought Kindle book. The only difference might be how you’ve formatted your manuscript.



PDF is hit or miss. For me personally, this doesn’t work well if I’m trying to read a manuscript over my phone, but is decent on my Paperwhite.

However, there’s an easy fix. When you email your PDF to your Kindle, type “Convert” in the subject of the email. Your PDF will be automatically converted into a Kindle Format!


Microsoft Word

Word format uploads nearly identical to a manuscript in a Kindle format. There might be slight glitches, but is generally a pretty safe format.


Step Two: Email to Kindle.

It’s as easy as opening up a new email, adding your manuscript as an attachment, and sending to your Kindle email address.

Do you know your send to Kindle email address? If not, login to Amazon and under your account click “Manage my Kindle”.  You’ll be brought to a page with all of your Kindle options, as well as your full library. Click “Manage my Devices” on the left side.

You’ll see all of your official Kindle registered devices, and if you scroll past that a list of all your Kindle devices, as well as the send-to-Kindle address for each device. I have a different send to address for both my iPhone and Paperwhite, but you only need to send to one. Once your manuscript is in your Kindle library, you can pull it from the cloud on any of your Kindle devices.


Step Three: Open Your Kindle

It’s that easy! From there, you’ll need to figure out your own editing style. If you’re on a color Kindle, make use of the different color highlights! I like to use yellow for errors – spelling or grammar, for an example – while blue is for areas that might need to be strengthened, orange is for continuity errors, and pink is general edits – basically anything that doesn’t fit into the above categories.


Sound easy? Let me know how it works for you!

Kristen Jett, Kristen Jett author, KristenJett, @KristenJett



  1. Is there a way to put your edit material from your Kindle to the computer?

    • Unfortunately, not as easily as it should be. It’s something that Amazon seems to be working on – but it’s a bit glitchy. If your MS was converted to a Kindle file when you emailed it, you can login to:, and look under “Your highlights”.

      Otherwise, the best way to do it is through following the tips Matthew mentions here:

      I personally just look at the “My notes and marks” section on the Kindle while I edit on the computer, so I never bother transferring the edits notes over.

  2. Thanks for the post!

    You can also edit on your nook or the nook app (I use the nook app for iPad). I think the nook is a little trickier on the upload and formatting than the kindle, but if you use Scrivener, there’s a way to compile your MS and save it as an epub (nook format) and you can even upload a cover! It looks just like an ebook you would purchase, and you’re totally right: reading it in a different format, especially one that looks like a finished book, gives you a different perspective and helps you pick out things you might have missed during a readthrough on the computer :)

    I highly recommend e-reader editing.

  3. Just sent my MS to my Kindle!!!! Thanks, these instructions work!

  4. Thank you SO much. I worked this out (somehow) a couple of years back, but have subsequently forgotten what I did. Dumb, or what?

    Anyway, you are a life-saver. This is absolutely THE way to pick up typographical errors and plot-gaps.


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