Standard Ebooks provides well-formatted ebooks of works that have entered the public domain, for free. This is typically (in the US) 70 years after the author’s death.

For locally opened .azw3 files used for Kindle, the book and thumbnail must be added manually to the connected device.

  1. Connect the Kindle
  2. Drag the .azw3 file into the (device)/Documents folder
  3. Drag and drop the thumbnail file (provided by Standard Ebooks) into (device)/System/thumbnails
  4. Eject the Kindle and you should see the book with your thumbnail


Note that System will be a hidden folder within the Kindle device


This book and any highlights will only be available locally, so you won’t see this in the Kindle app and the highlights won’t appear in the cloud - only in the local Clippings.txt file.


Do not open .azw3 file directly on the computer, as it will appear in the computer’s local books, not on the Kindle’s.

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