How to Add E-books to Your Device

The device manufacturers have done their best to lock you into their content ecosystem. Bought a Kindle, buy your books from Amazon. Got an iPad, go to the iBookstore. The same is true for Nook and Kobo owners. There are a few independent e-book sellers, but they often require their own reader apps. So, how to you add a book to your device that you didn’t buy from your device manufacturer’s e-book store?

Here’s a handy check list:

iPad (Windows and Mac OS up to 10.8)

  1. Start iTunes.
  2. Choose “Add to Library…” from the “File” menu. Select the ‘.epub’ e-book file you want read on your iPad and click “Open.”
  3. Connect your iPad to your computer.
  4. Sync your iPad.
  5. The e-book should show up in the iBooks app.

iPad (Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks)

  1. Start iBooks.
  2. Choose “Add to Library…” from the “File” menu. Select the ‘.epub’ e-book file you want read on your iPad and click “Open.”
  3. Connect you iPad to your computer.
  4. Sync your iPad
  5. The e-book should show up in the iBooks app.

Kindle

  1. Turn the Kindle on.
  2. Connect the Kindle to your computer using a USB cable. You should see your Kindle appear as a disk drive or folder on your computer.
  3. Drag and drop the ‘.mobi’ e-book file from your computer into the ‘Documents’ folder on the Kindle drive or folder on your computer.
  4. When the USB activity indicator on your Kindle stops flashing, ‘Safely Remove Mass Storage Device’ (Windows) or ‘Eject’  (Mac) the Kindle from your computer.
  5. Unplug the USB cable from your Kindle. The e-book should now appear in your Kindle library. If you can’t immediately find the book on your Kindle, switch the Kindle off and on again. It can take a few moments for the new eBook to appear on the Kindle reader.
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