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YA and adult SF / fantasy from authors Diane Duane and Peter Morwood

A Guide to Sideloading: How to get our files into your e-reader

What is sideloading?

Sideloading is the art of getting an ebook into your e-reader when it's not from that reader's own maker/sponsor (like Amazon for the Kindle family, Barnes & Noble for the Nook readers or Kobo for the Kobo readers).

Most big e-reader sponsors have automatic or semi-automatic ways to load the ebooks you buy from them to their own readers. You buy them and minutes later they magically turn up in your device.

But that's not how it goes when you buy an ebook from an independent provider (and thank you for doing that, if you have!) or from a company like Smashwords, or acquire a free ebook from an online source like Project Gutenberg. When that happens, you have to load the book to your device yourself. That's sideloading.

Sideloading is usually pretty easy! Mostly it involves:

● Downloading the ebook file to your computer:

● Attaching your e-reader or tablet to your computer and "mounting" it as a drive:

● Locating the document folder in your device: and

● Dropping your downloaded ebook file into it.

That's it!

This page will give you details on how to get an ebook or other suitable document into the e-reader of your choice.

Also: if you don't have a dedicated e-reader, that doesn't have to stop you from reading ebooks! You can download free programs that read one or more of the three main formats above. Check out:

Amazon's free Kindle reading apps for PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, and iPhone/iPad

Barnes & Noble's free Nook reader apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, and Mac

Kobo's apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, and Mac

Google Play for ePub/PDF

Calibre cross-platform eBook library management and reader software (We use this to read and convert our ebooks and to organize our ebook libraries, and it 's fabulous.)

Check here for numerous other software choices for Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile and others.

Which file format do you need?

At the moment there are three dominant ebook file formats:

.mobi - Used by the various Kindles. The .mobi format (short for MobiPocket, originally used by the defunct MobiPocket Reader) was adopted by Amazon, which adds file-protecting protocols and gives the files an .azw (or similar) suffix.

.epub - A free and open standard format for ebooks. Almost all other major e-readers besides the Kindle use the Epub format in one form or another.

.pdf - PDF stands for Portable Document Format and was developed by Adobe as a way to make documents readable across many computer platforms. .pdfs tend to read best on large tablets or laptop-or-bigger computers, though most ebook reading software packages allow you to import them.

Most independent ebook dealers and suppliers will offer you both Kindle/.mobi and everybody-else/.epub formats. Some will offer you .PDF as well. (Just as a point of information: Ebooks Direct does not offer PDFs of our books as in the past they have routinely been widely pirated.)

Most commercial ebook retailers and some independent ebook retailers / providers add "digital rights management" / "DRM" to their ebook files to limit sharing. However, all Ebooks Direct files are DRM-free so that you can move them among your devices in whatever way you please. (We also offer some multi-format bundles for those with more than one kind of device.)

If you have a dedicated e-reading device, click on the device name to jump to sideloading instructions:

Kindle | Nook | Kobo Reader


 

For Kindles... 

The basics are mostly the same across the Amazon readers.

● Save the downloaded .mobi file to your desktop's / laptop's hard drive and put it somewhere easy to find: the computer's desktop is a good spot.


● Connect the Kindle to the computer with its micro-USB cable.
   
● Open your computer's file manager to see a list of drives and folders. Look for your Kindle device in the list of drives.

Look for the "documents" folder in the Kindle.



● Drag the .mobi file from your desktop into the documents folder. (Not into any of its subfolders.)



●When the file has transferred...

...use your computer's software to safely eject your Kindle; unplug it from the computer after seeing the message that it's been ejected.



● The new ebook will then appear on your Kindle's home screen.

E-ink Kindles and Kindle Fire 1st Generation:

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. Attach your device to your computer using a micro-USB cable. One should've been included with your Kindle.
  3. Your Mac mounts the device as a drive. Find the following icon on the desktop and double-click it:
  1. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device 's documents folder.
  2. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  3. The ebook should appear on the e-ink device's home screen, or the Android device's carousel screen.

Kindle Fire 2nd Generation and Kindle Fire HD

Mac users with a Kindle Fire 2nd Generation or Kindle Fire HD will first need to install the free Android File Transfer app to complete USB transfers. Go to File Transfer App using your computer's Web browser and follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the app.

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. Attach your device to your computer using a micro-USB cable. One should've been included with your Kindle Fire.
  3. Use Finder to navigate to the Applications folder and double-click the File Transfer App. Your Mac opens the device's file system, as shown below:


The Kindle file system

  1. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device's Books folder.
  2. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  3. The ebook should appear on the device's carousel screen. If not, tap Docs on the top menu, then tap Device: the ebook should appear there, as well.

E-ink Kindle

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. Attach your device to your computer using a micro-USB cable. One should've been included with your Kindle.
  3. Wait for your computer to recognize the device and display the AutoPlay window.
  4. Click Open folder to view files to open Windows Explorer.
  5. When Windows Explorer opens, double-click documents and move the window aside.
  6. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device's documents folder you opened in Step 5.
  7. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  8. The ebook should appear on the device's home screen.

Kindle Fire

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. Attach your device to your computer using a micro-USB cable. One should've been included with your Kindle Fire.
  3. Wait for your computer to recognize the device, then click the Start Globe and select Computer to open Windows Explorer.
    Note: In some cases, it may be necessary to unlock the Kindle Fire before your computer recognizes the device.
  4. Under Portable Devices, double-click Kindle > Internal storage.
  5. Double-click Books and move the window aside.
  6. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device's Books folder you opened in Step 5.
  7. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  8. The ebook should appear on the device's carousel screen. If not, tap Docs on the top menu, then tap Device: the ebook should appear there, as well.

Kindle for PC or Mac

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. If you haven't already done so, download and install the Kindle app for your computer's operating system:

● Windows 8: http://amzn.to/XouPML

● Windows 7, Vista and XP: http://amzn.to/Xouyti

● Mac OS X 10.6 and later: http://amzn.to/Xovlua

  1. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then double-click it. It should open with the Kindle app.
    Note: In some cases, it may be necessary to right-click the file and select the application.

Kindle for Android

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. If you haven't already installed it to your device, tap the Google Play Store or Amazon App Store icon then find the Kindle for Android app and install it.
  3. Attach your phone or tablet to your computer using the USB cable that came with the device.
  4. Wait for your computer to recognize the device, then click the Start Globe and select Computer to open Windows Explorer.
  5. Under Portable Devices, find and double-click kindle and move the window aside.
  6. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device's kindle folder you opened in Step 5.
  7. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  8. Open the Kindle app. The ebook should appear on the device's Home screen.

Kindle for iPad/iPhone/iPod

The Kindle for iPad/iPhone/iPod app does not yet fully support Kindle Format 8, Amazon's next-generation ebook file format. Accordingly, some design features may not display exactly as they do on other Kindle devices and apps. Please keep this in mind when reviewing mobi files on an Apple iOS device with the Kindle app installed.

  1. Save the mobi file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. On your device, tap the App Store icon then find the Kindle for iPad/iPhone/iPod app and install it.
  3. Attach your iPad, iPhone or iPod to your computer using the USB cable that came with the device.
  4. Open iTunes if it does not open automatically.
  5. On the top menu, click Apps and then scroll to the bottom of the window to see the File Sharing section.


The File Sharing section

  1. In the Apps panel on the left-hand side, click the Kindle icon.
  2. Find the mobi file you saved in step 1 and drag-and-drop it into the Documents panel on the right-hand side.
  3. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  4. Open the Kindle app and the mobi file should appear on the app's Device Library screen.

 

Emailing files direct to your Kindle

All Kindle devices are assigned an email address by Amazon. Ebook files of .mobi format can be sent to these addresses once you whitelist them in your Amazon account.

If you're really having trouble with the sideloading methods mentioned above, we're happy to email files directly to your Kindle device.

If you've tried the instructions above for your device and still had no luck, please contact us at the Ebooks Direct support address shown on our website and we'll assist you with this as quickly as we can.

 


 

Barnes & Noble devices

For Nooks generally:

 

1. Connect your Nook to your computer with the USB cable. A "Nook" drive will appear in My Computer (PC) or Desktop (Mac).

2: Copy and Paste, or Drag and Drop downloaded PDF or EPUB files into the My Documents folder on the Nook drive.

3: Go to My Library on the Nook, hit View My Documents, and then hit Check for New Content.

4: Select one of the files you sideloaded into My Documents and press Select to open it.

(or:)

● Download the epub file to your computer

● Connect your Nook with the USB cable. You should see a new "drive" or "device" called "MyNookColor" or something along those lines. If you have an sdcard in your Nook, you'll see an SDCARD item also.

● Copy the epub file to MyNookColor/my files/books folder

From a PC :

E-ink and Tablet-based Nooks

  1. Save the ePub file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. Attach your device to your computer using the micro-USB cable included with your Nook.
  3. Wait for your computer to recognize the device and display the AutoPlay window, as shown below. (Some Nooks may require you to swipe the Launcher to unlock the device before your computer will recognize it.)


The AutoPlay window

  1. Click Open folder to view files to open Windows Explorer.
  2. When Windows Explorer opens, double-click My Files > Books and move the window aside.
  3. Find the ePub file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device's Books folder you opened in Step 5.
  4. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer. You may have to click the Sync button in the lower right-hand corner of the application window to complete the transfer process.
  5. The ebook should appear on the device's Library. Consult the device's documentation for more information on accessing the Library.

From a Mac:

E-ink and Tablet-based Nooks

  1. Save the ePub file to a convenient location on your computer, such as the desktop.
  2. Attach your device to your computer using a micro-USB cable. One should've been included with your Nook.
  3. Your Mac mounts the device as a drive. (Some Nooks may require you to swipe the Launcher to unlock the device before your computer will recognize it.) Find the following icon on the desktop and double-click it:
  1. When the Nook drive window opens, double-click My Files > Books and move the window aside.
  2. Find the ePub file you saved in step 1, then drag-and-drop it into the device's Books folder you opened in Step 3.
  3. Wait for the file to transfer and safely eject the device from your computer.
  4. The ebook should appear on the device's Library. Consult the device's documentation for more information on accessing the Library.
KOBO:

Sideloading E-Books onto a Kobo Aura E-Reader

Adding books or PDFs using your computer

● You can connect your eReader to your computer and then drag and drop books into your eReader library. Before you begin, add the books to your computer.

● On a Windows computer, connect your eReader to your computer using the included USB cable.

● Tap Connect on your eReader.

● When Windows prompts you for an action, click Open folder to view files. A desktop explorer window will open, showing the contents of your eReader.

● Open a second desktop explorer window and display the books you want to add to your eReader.

● Drag and drop your books into the eReader contents.

 

IPad/iPhone/iTouch:

There are two ways to get the files into your reader: either direct from the Ebooks Direct mail, or via iTunes.

The mail method is the simplest.

  • Navigate to the email with the URL of your download page in your mail client.
  • Tap on the link to bring up the mail in Safari (or your preferred browser).
  • When the link page displays, press the link to the first ebook in your order to bring up the "Open in new tab..." dialogue window.
  • Let the new page load. When it finishes loading, you will see the "Open with..." dialogue box. Choose the "iBooks" button, or choose "Open with" to bring up your preferred ebook reading app.
  • The book will now open in iBooks or your chosen app. When you next sync to iTunes, you can bring up your apps list and click next to iBooks or your preferred app to make sure the ebooks sync up along with everything else. 

To install directly to iTunes:

● Download the .epub file to your computer.

● Open iTunes and click File, Open and go add the epub to your iTunes

● Go to your Books section and you'll see the book there.

● Connect your iPad, click the iPad device name on the left, then the Books section of the iPad and make sure the book you just added is checked to be included when syncing. (You can check a box that says "always do all books.")

● Sync your device and it will copy the book to your device.


If you prefer not to use iBooks to read your ebooks, and are using an app like (for example) BlueFire Reader, there are also other ways to sideload a file.

The simplest one is to import the ebook file to your iCloud storage or another cloud storage app (Box or Dropbox), click on the file inside the app, and use "Open using..." to import the ebook into the app.