Solutions for Book not Showing up on Kindle

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“My purchased books not showing up on my kindle paper white, what happened?”

“I transferred books to my kindle via Calibre, but now I can’t find them. Any solution?”

“I just bought a kindle books from Overdrive, but the book is not showing up on my kindle. What should I do?”

For various reasons, we come across “book not showing up on kindle” issue when we read ebooks with Kindle, no matter the books are purchased from Amazon, sideloaded or borrowed. If the books are not even showing in our library, how can we read them? Don’t worry. You’ll discover different solutions to “book not showing up on kindle” issue and finally get your books displayed well on your Kindle.

General Solutions for book not showing up on kindle

Solution 1 Check the internet of your Kindle. Please ensure it is connected to the internet.

Solution 2 Restart can fix almost 80% problem caused by device glitch. This also works for kindle device. So please turn off your kindle and turn on. You may see your kindle books in the library this time. Learn how to restart Kindle now.

Solution 3 Check if your kindle is registered or not. If your kindle is registered successfully, you will see “xx’s kindle” at the upper left corner.

Solution 4 To sync kindle books across different kindle apps and devices, you need to ensure Whisper sync is on both on your kindle device and Amazon website. Below is how to enable whisper sync both on kindle and Amazon.com.

On kindle: Tap on your menu tab>>Settings>>Device Options>>Advanced options, then check whether Whispersync for books are enabled or not. It not, just enable it.

turn on whisp on amazon

On Amazon website: Go to “Manage Your Content and Devices” >>preferences>>Device Synchronization(Whispersync Settings)>>Turn on it. Then go back to your kindle devices to “Sync your kindle”.

turn on whisp on amazon

Solution 6 If your kindle clock gets out of sync, the kindle books also will not show in the kindle library. To fix this issue, Turn wifi-on, and go to Home>> Settings>>Sync Your Kindle.

sync your kindle

Solution 7 If you have multiple kindle devices/apps registered with your Amazon account, you can set this one as the default device.

Go to “Manage Your Content and Devices” on Amazon website>>Device>> find this kindle, click on “Device Actions” button and select “Set as default device”. This time the book you ordered will be delivered to this default device automatically.

set as default device

Library books are not showing up on Kindle

I’ve been turning airplane mode off and syncing my Kindle, it says "No new items" and the library books won't show in the "All" section of the Paperwhite library, even though I've borrowed the book from overdrive, signed into my Amazon account, and got confirmation that "your book will be delivered to all devices.

Solution The outdated kindle firmware possible will be the reason that kindle books not showing. So go to check whether there is an update for your kindle and install the latest software for your kindle. This solutions especially works for the kindle that has been worked well for many years but suddenly did not show kindle books.

update kindle firmware

Books not showing up on kindle app

Purchased books not showing up in kindle app for iPad. All my books show up in Amazon.com, but not on my iPad. This is something that just happened suddenly, I didn't change anything, except download the update for Kindle and the new Apple software for my iPad.

Workaround 1 Go to Settings>>Registration>>Deregister this Kindle. Then restart this kindle app and register it again with your Amazon account.

Workaround 2 You can also set this kindle app as the default device.

Sideloaded kindle books have not been showing up on kindle

I have just dragged and dropped my new Kindle book into the Documents folder of my Paperwhite. However, I was both surprised and annoyed to see that it is not showing on my Kindle. This has never happened before, so could somebody please enlighten me here?

Possible reason: Please check whether this book is protected by DRM as the Kindle would not read the DRM-protected ebooks, except the one downloaded via itself.

Solution Remove Kindle drm and transfer it to your documents folder.

If you ensure your ebooks are DRM-free, please follow this guide to transfer books to kindle/kindle fire.

Kindle books transferred from Calibre are not showing

Solution 1 On your kindle, you have to change the sort options from “All” to “Downloaded”. Please note that “All" means all the books in your Amazon cloud, while "Downloaded" means all the items downloaded to your device (and that can mean books not bought from Amazon and sideloaded from your computer to your Kindle.

kindle all and download filter

Solution 2 If you convert ebooks to mobi format with calibre, then Calibre automatically added a '[PDOC]' tag, and this makes the Kindle organize those "doc" files differently (as personal documents). You can just replace the tag '[PDOC]' with  '[EBOK]' when you converting your ebooks. The books will show properly there.

change kindle book tag

Solution 3 Convert kindle books to azw3 format and then transfer it to the ‘Documents’ folder of your Kindle.

If Amazon has stopped selling this book any longer, and deleted it from their library, the book will disappear from your cloud and devices, because these books are linked to your account by amazon and you haven't back them up. To completely own your kindle books, just remove kindle drm and convert them to drm free ebook format now.

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