How to make e-books show up under "Books" on the Kindle Fire

Side loaded e-books can be sorted by author when displayed in the Books section. We'll show you how to make them show up there instead of in Docs.

Convert e-books
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 4: When the convert window appears, make sure that the output format is set to "MOBI."

Output MOBI format
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 5: Click on "MOBI Output" from the left column and delete the [PDOC] tag in the "Personal Doc tag" section.

Delete [PDOC] tag
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 6: Click the OK button to start converting your e-books.

Step 7: Once Calibre has finished converting your e-books, copy your e-book files to the "Books" folder on your Kindle Fire. Remember, you'll need a micro-USB data cable (not included with the Kindle Fire) to transfer files to your Kindle Fire.

Step 8: Check the "Books" section to make sure your e-books are there.

e-books list in Books
e-books in Books can be sorted by author. Screenshot by Ed Rhee

That's it. To delete the PDOC tag permanently in Calibre, go to Preferences > Output Options > MOBI Output and remove the tag there.

A side benefit to converting your e-books in Calibre, is that it shrinks the size of the Mobipocket file (.mobi). Since the Kindle Fire doesn't have any memory expansion slots, converting your e-books may end up saving you a lot of storage space on your Fire.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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