This Web page describes how to download or
transfer eBooks from
computers to iPhone/iPad, Android, Nook, and Kindle mobile devices. It also
describes how to read eBooks on your computer.
Most eBooks come in one of two formats or flavors (or both): ePub, which is for almost every eReader in the
world except Kindle; and MOBI, the format that Amazon's Kindle series of eReaders
For hand-held, or mobile, devices (smart phones and tablets,
not eReaders), you need to download an app to your device in order to
read eBooks. Android phone and tablet
users download and install apps from the
Android Store or
Amazon; iPhone and iPad
users need to download apps from the
iTunes App Store.
There are apps to read both ePub (iBooks app, Nook app, etc.) and Mobi
formats (Kindle app).
eReaders have their own software already
installed to be able to read the type(s) of eBooks for which it was
designed. For example, Amazon's Kindle device only reads
partucular types of files (MOBI), and is optimized to read eBooks
formatted in MOBI. The Nook and Sony eReaders are optimized to
read eBooks formatted in ePub.
How to Read eBooks on
Computer Operating Systems (OS's) do not have a way to read
eBook files (ePub and MOBI) natively. You need to download and install software
to read those types of files on your computer. Calibre eBook Reader is a free
software program that reads both ePub and MOBI files on a computer.
to www.calibre-ebook.com/download and download the version of Calibre right for
your computer Operating System (OS).
In Windows Explorer or MacOS Finder,
navigate to the location where you downloaded the Calibre installation file and
double-click the Calibre icon to install the software (follow the instructions
that appear on your screen--it takes only a minute or two).
installed, double-click the Calibre icon on your desktop to open the application, and then click
the Add Books icon at the top to add an eBook to the library.
where the eBook is located, and bring it into Calibre.
The eBook is now
ready to read.
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How to Download eBooks to a Kindle Device
Note: These instructions apply to Kindle, Kindle Fire, Kindle Keyboard and Kindle
Connecting your Kindle device to your computer
larger end of a USB cable into an available USB port or a powered USB hub
connected to your computer.
Connect the other end of the USB cable to the
micro-USB port on the bottom of your Kindle device.
Note: When connected
to your computer, your Kindle device will go into USB drive mode and its battery
will be recharged by the computer. Your wireless service is temporarily shut off
and you will not receive any of your subscriptions while in this mode. Also,
your Kindle device is not usable as a reading device while you are in USB drive
mode, but will return right to where you were once you safely eject the Kindle
device from your computer.
Transferring Content to your Kindle device to your computer
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Once you've connected your Kindle to a computer using a USB cable, your
Kindle will appear in the same location as external USB drives usually appear.
For Windows users, this is typically in the "Computer" or "My Computer" menu.
For Mac users, the drive will appear on the desktop.
Open the Kindle
drive. You will see several folders inside, one of which will be named
"Documents" (or "Books" on Kindle Fire). This is the folder you will move the
downloaded file into.
Locate the downloaded MOBI file and copy it into the
Documents folder (Books folder on Kindle Fire). You can generally copy files by
clicking and dragging the file to the folder.
Safely eject your Kindle
device from your computer and unplug the USB cable. Your content will appear on
the Home screen (or, the Device tab of your Kindle Paperwhite).
How to Download eBooks to your iPhone/iPad
Instructions for Copying
eBooks to an iPhone/iPad Devices
All eBooks need to be brought into Apple
iTunes to be transferred to your iPhone/iPad device. To read eBooks on an
iPhone/iPad (http://www.apple.com/apps/ibooks/), you must
install the free
iBooks app on your iPhone/iPad. Detailed instructions are in the
iPad or iPhone
user manual (search for "iBooks" in the PDF file).
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the eBook(s) to your computer, open iTunes.
On the upper-left-hand side of the iTunes
window, select Books from the Library drop-down list.
Select File > Add File to Library...
In the Add to Library dialog box, navigate to
where the eBook file is located, select the file, and then click
Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer using
the USB cable that came with your device.
Click on your device name, select the device
on the left-hand side of the iTunes application, and then sync the
books in iTunes with your device.
Open up the iBookshelf and enjoy reading your eBook.
How to Download eBooks to your Android Device
To read eBooks
on Android devices requires Android OS 2.2 or later, and an app that allows
reading eBooks, such as
Google Play Books,
Kindle for Android,
Nook for Android,
or the like.
How to use Google Play is found on the Google Play site.
After downloading the eBook(s) to your computer, connect your unlocked
Android phone or tablet to your computer using the microUSB to USB cable.
Critical step: On your Android phone, pull down the notification window (a.k.a.
"window shade") and tap USB Connected.
A notification window appears on
the phone or tablet. Tap Mount. Your phone or tablet will enter USB storage
Find the removable storage drive. On a PC, navigate to My Computer
and look for a new removable storage drive. On a Mac, the drive will appear on
Drag-and-drop the desired file(s) to the phone or tablet
After the files transfer, in your phone or tablet’s notification
window, tap Turn Off USB Storage.
Unplug your phone or tablet.
detailed instructions for downloading and copying eBook files to an Android
device are found on this website:
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