Unless you have a room the size of the Rivendell library in The Lord of the Rings, you probably don’t have enough space to contain the collection of books you desire. Thankfully, with the advancement of technology, you can have access to millions of books on just a single tablet. Whether you are Team Kindle, Team iPad, or Team Nook, the accessibility of a plethora of books on your eReader is undeniably useful. However, it can be difficult figuring out a way to get an eBook purchased outside of your eReader’s domain onto your eReader.
The process looks daunting but is actually a lot easier than you think. Rather than have you look up a bunch of resources, we here at World Weaver Press have done all the work for you! After you read this, you’ll be an expert on transferring eBooks to your very own eReader.
Transferring Non-Amazon eBooks to your Kindle
First order of business is to locate your eBook once you have downloaded it. Most of the time, once you download something, you can find your download in the “Downloads” folder when you access your documents. Whether you have a PC or a Mac, that folder can be found on the bottom of your computer screen. If your eBook is downloaded via email or internet, it will almost always be sent to your “Downloads” folder when you access its link to download. Do not try to open it—your computer won't know what to do with it. Use "Save As" or "Send To" to save the file somewhere on your computer you will be able to find it. .
One important thing to note is that your Kindle uses a .mobi file for all of its eBooks. So, the first step you want to do is plug your Kindle into your computer or laptop in order to access these files. After connecting your Kindle to your computer with its USB cable, you’ll find it available as its own drive letter in the Computer window. Once you have your Kindle plugged in, all you have to do is drag and drop the eBook(s) to your “Documents” folder on your Kindle and you will be good to go!
If you do not want to plug your Kindle into your computer or laptop, you can send it to your Kindle email address (example@Kindle.com). If you do it this way, you’ll be able to access that eBook on all of your Kindles and Kindle apps under your Kindle email address. You need to set up your personal email address (not your @Kindle.com) to be an “allowed sender” to your Kindle before you can send your non-Amazon eBooks. Here’s how to do that:
- Open the “Manage Your Kindle Page” on Amazon’s website.
- Click on the “Personal Document Settings” under your Kindle account in the sidebar.
- Click on the “Add a New Approved Email Address” link and you will be able to add your personal email address (or addresses) to the list.
After you have added your personal email address(es), you should be able to send your non-Amazon eBooks to your Kindle.
PLEASE NOTE: Sometimes Amazon will use wireless carriers like Whispernet to deliver your eBook and will charge you as a result. If you don’t want to risk being charged, you can send your eBook to @free.Kindle.com instead of @Kindle.com to ensure that it is downloaded over Wi-Fi (which is free).
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT. It’s called Send to Kindle for PC and it is the quickest way to send eBooks to your Kindle. After you install the app on your PC, you’ll find a “Send to Kindle” option in your right-click menu. Right click on the eBook you want to send to your Kindle and scroll to the “send to Kindle” option and click on it. Boom. Done. You can quickly send documents to your Kindle without the option of emailing them or connecting your Kindle to your computer.
After you transfer your eBooks to your Kindle, your last and final steps will be: pour yourself a glass of wine, put on some comfortable pjs, and enjoy your eBook(s)!
Transferring eBooks to your Nook, iPad, or Kobo
If you have a Nook or a Kobo, you can transfer eBooks to a program called Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). Once you install ADE, any eBook you receive through email or the internet will automatically be accessible through ADE. So, you will not have to access your “Downloads” folder to transfer your eBook. If you do not have ADE, you can download it on your computer through Adobe’s website. Always make sure you have the newest edition of ADE updated on your computer. Once you have it downloaded, you can follow these steps to transfer eBooks from ADE to your Nook or Kobo:
- Connect your Kobo or Nook to your computer with the USB cable your eReader came with.
- Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer and make sure that you are in “Library” view. (The Library button is in the top left corner of the ADE window when an eBook is open.) Your Nook or Kobo should show up under “Devices” in ADE.
- After your Nook or Kobo is connected and shown in ADE, you can drag your eBook from ADE to your device.
- Unplug your Nook or Kobo from your computer and start reading your new eBook(s)!
If you have the NOOK GlowLight Plus, the process to transferring eBooks through ADE will be slightly more complicated. However, the Barnes and Noble support page has a step by step process you can access here.
Click on the question “How do I transfer and read Adobe DRM ePub and PDF files?” to read these steps.
Also, if you have the Kobo Aura ONE, it has OverDrive built into the device, so you can borrow and download eBooks directly from the Kobo catalog which is super awesome and very convenient.
Process for iPad:
If you have Adobe Digital Editions downloaded, you can use it to transfer eBooks to your iPad. This may be the easiest way to get eBooks on your iPad.
- On your iPad, install the free Bluefire Reader App from the iTunes Store.
- After you install the app, you will need to create an Adobe account ID to authorize your device. When you open the app, it will give you instructions to create an Adobe ID if you do not already have one.
- Once you have created your Adobe account ID, input the information in your app to authorize your iPad.
- Connect your iPad to your computer using the USB cable it came with. iTunes should automatically recognize your device and pull up iTunes.
- Select your iPad on the “Devices” list located on the left.
- After your iPad is selected, click on the apps tab to access your Bluefire Reader App.
- Scroll down to “File Sharing” and click on the Bluefire Reader App. The .epub files of your eBooks from Adobe Digital Editions should already be there. If not, click on add and access your “My Digital Editions” folder to find the eBook(s) you want to put on your iPad (located in your “Documents” folder on your computer).
- After you select your eBooks, simply click “Sync” to transfer your eBooks to your Bluefire Reader App.
You should be able to safely disconnect your iPad and enjoy reading your eBooks!
There are other ways of transferring eBooks to your Nook, Kobo, and iPad; however, going through Adobe Digital Editions is the EASIEST way possible and there is a lot less hassle to go with it.
There you have it! You can now enjoy eBooks received through giveaways and bought from small press websites.