E-Book Transfer Instructions

Find out here how to transfer an e-book file to your e-reader device or smartphone/tablet reading app. Let’s assume you have downloaded a file from your web browser that you want to read on your e-reader device or reading app. There are, broadly speaking, two main e-book file formats: EPUB and MOBI. Separate instructions for each format are provided below. EPUB files are compatible with the built-in reading apps supplied by Apple IOS, Google Android and Windows Mobile, and also with the Kobo, Nook and Tolino e-readers and apps. MOBI files are compatible with Kindle smartphone/tablet apps and Kindle e-reader devices.

EPUB – Apple, Kobo and most other devices & apps

These instructions are for Apple IOS iPhones or iPads, but Google Android and other smartphone platforms should be similar:

  1. Tap the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Navigate to iCloud Drive and then the Downloads folder (where Safari should have downloaded the e-book file).
  3. Tap the e-book file. It should open straightaway in your Books app. If instead you get the option to Open in Books or Copy to Kobo Books, pick one of those. That’s it!

The native IOS Books app will show the e-book straightaway, while it might take a couple of minutes for it to show up on the Kobo Books app.

For Kobo e-reader devices, follow the instructions here. For Nook, Tolino and other e-reader devices, please follow the instructions provided by your manufacturer to load an external e-book file.

MOBI – Kindle e-readers and Kindle apps

There are multiple ways to send a MOBI book file to your Kindle account, as explained on this Amazon web page. To save you time, I’ll explain in detail below two of the simplest options. By the way, Amazon refers to any file you personally send to your Kindle account as a “Personal Document”.

Option 1: Send-to-Kindle from your Kindle app

If you have the Kindle app installed on your smartphone or tablet, this first option is a simple way to add an e-book file to your Kindle library. The instructions below are for Apple IOS iPhones or iPads:

  1. Tap the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Navigate to iCloud Drive and then the Downloads folder (where Safari should have downloaded the e-book file).
  3. Tap the e-book file. Then tap the Share button in the bottom left.
  4. If you can’t see the Kindle app listed, tap More. Then tap Kindle. You’ll be asked to add the Author’s name before you can tap the Send button. Make sure you enable Save in Kindle Library. That’s it!

Since the file is being sent to your Kindle account in the cloud, it might take a few minutes for the e-book to appear in your Kindle’s My Library section. For Android smartphones and tablets, the process is similar, see this webpage on the Amazon website.

Option 2. E-mail your Send-to-Kindle address

If you don’t have the Kindle app on your smartphone or tablet, but you have downloaded the file on to your computer, tablet or smartphone, this option is probably the easiest route to send the e-book to your Kindle e-reader. But you’ll need to spend a few minutes up-front to set it up the first time. With this option, you e-mail the e-book file as an attachment to your Kindle account via a special e-mail address that Amazon maintains for each of your registered Kindle devices or Kindle apps.

  1. Make a note of where your downloaded e-book file is on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Your web browser will probably have put in your Downloads folder.
  2. Log in to the Amazon website on your computer or start the Amazon app on your smartphone or tablet.
  3. On your computer, go to the Account & Lists menu (top right) and select Manage Your Content and Devices. On your smartphone/tablet app, go to the main menu icon in the top left, select Your Account, then in Account Settings, select Content and devices.
  4. Go to the Preferences tab. Scroll down until you see Personal Document Settings and select that item. You’ll now see a list of Send-to-Kindle E-Mail settings. Make a note of the one you want to use; I suggest saving it to your Contacts so that you can easily find it again.
  5. If you want the book file to appear on all your Kindle devices and Kindle apps, make sure Personal Document Archiving (the next item down) is Enabled.
  6. Also make a note of the next item, Approved Personal Document E-mail List. VERY IMPORTANT … you must e-mail the Send-to-Kindle address from an email account on this list. I suggest you add to this list the e-mail address that your e-book file is was mailed to.
  7. Now e-mail the e-book file as an attachment to your preferred Send-to-Kindle e-mail address from one of your Amazon-approved personal document e-mail accounts. The next time you need to do this, you don’t have to repeat steps 1 to 5 above as you have already noted the Send-to-Kindle e-mail address.
  8. It might take a few minutes for your e-mailed file to arrive and be saved by Amazon. You can check if it’s got there by going to the Content tab (top of the page). On the computer, select Docs at the top left. On the Amazon app, select Filters at the bottom left, then Category, then Docs. It might take another few minutes before it appears in Your Library on your actual Kindle device or Kindle app.