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How to load books onto your eReader

                     

These step-by-step instructions look complicated, but it becomes easy once you have done it a couple of times. All you need to know is the right place to put books and the right way to eject/unmount your reader.

These are for the Kindle. There are minor variations for the Kobo, Nook and Sony readers below, and for an iPad. If you have an Android device, see this note.

1. Close any programs you have open on the computer.
2. Put the Kindle to sleep (i.e. turn it off).
3. Plug the Kindle into the computer with the USB charging cable.
4. The Kindle will wake up.
5. Your computer will ask you what you want to do.
6. Choose ‘open folder to view files’ – or similar – it depends on what computer you have.
7. You will see a list of folders.
8. Open the one called ‘documents’, this contains all your books, pictures, notes etc. (in some newer Kindles this folder is called 'books')
9. ‘drag and drop’ or ‘copy and paste’ the file you have saved into this (documents/books) folder.
10. Close the folder.
11. Eject the Kindle using ‘My Computer’ or the ‘Safely remove hardware’ option.
12. Press the ‘Home’ button on the Kindle.
The book will be there, ready to open.

For the Kindle Fire

The file will be saved in the 'Download' folder. You can open it from there, but it is easier to move it to the 'Books' folder, when it will appear in your Library. Plug the Fire into your computer and look in 'Internal Storage' to find these folders.

Move eBooks to the Kobo

At step 4 you may need to tap 'Connect' on the Kobo
At step 7 you are already looking at the folder (called KOBOeReader) where books are stored, although this is not obvious because the files often have meaningless names.
Proceed to steps 9, 10 and 11.
Unplug the Kobo.
The Kobo will 'process' the book. This can take several minutes for large or multiple files.
The book is then ready to read.

Move eBooks to the Nook

At step 7 you are already looking at the folder (called NOOK) where books are usually stored. You can also put them in one of 'My Shelves' or 'Books' in the 'My Files' folder, depending on which model you have.
Proceed to steps 9, 10 and 11.
Unplug the Nook.
The Reader will count and store the number of pages in the book. This can take several minutes for large or multiple files.
The book is then ready to read.
If you see "Unable to open book", just wait a moment and try again.

Move eBooks to the Sony Reader

At step 5 there are two choices, 'SETTING' and 'READER'
Close the 'SETTING' window.
Open the 'READER' window.
Open the 'database' folder.
Open the 'media' folder.
Open the 'books' folder.
‘drag and drop’ or ‘copy and paste’ the file you have saved into this (books) folder.
Close all open folders.
Eject both 'SETTING' and 'READER'.
Unplug the Sony Reader.
The Reader will count and store the number of pages in the book. This can take several minutes for large or multiple files.
The book is then ready to read.

Move eBooks to the iPad

If you have downloaded the book direct to the iPad it will already be in the right place, but you must use Safari. Apple do not allow other browsers to download files.
If you have downloaded it to a computer, sync it using iTunes or, much easier, email it to your iPad.

If you haven't tried the free Kindle app, give it a go, it works very well. It does not implement some formatting as accurately as iBooks does, but you can re-size any illustrations to get the best from them.


I test eBooks on a variety of eReaders; occasionally they appear to stop working and 'freeze'. If this ever happens to you, follow these steps to recovery.

   1. Don't panic - Wait 10 minutes
if this doesn't work
   2. Re-charge the machine for 1 hour
if this doesn't work
   3. Perform a soft reset (see your manual)
if this doesn't work
   4. Leave it to run completely out of battery, then re-charge for 1 hour
if this doesn't work
   5. Perform a hard reset (see your manual)
if this doesn't work
   6. Panic

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