F.A.Q. Side load

F.A.Q – Side loading

Hi there,

Is it your first time “side loading” a free ebook or ARC copy onto your device?

Has it been awhile and you’d like a refresher?

You’ve come to the right place. Navigate through the questions below to find the answers you seek!

Which version do I download?

If you have a Kindle, or are using a Kindle app, you will need to download the .mobi files.

For iBooks (on iPhone, iPad, Apple laptop or Apple desktop), Nook, Kobo, or a device using the Kobo, Nook or Google Play app, you will need to download the .epub files.

How do I download the books?

Simply click on the appropriate link (.mobi or .epub) from the landing page or from the follow-up email I sent you.

If using your computer browser, the file will be sent to your “Downloads” folder.

If using your device it may be sent to a “Downloads” or “Attachments” Folder or give you an option to open the file automatically.

What does "side load" mean?

To side load a book means to load the book’s digital file onto your device manually. When you buy a book from an online retailer such as Amazon, the file is automatically loaded into your library. However sometimes, as in this case, you want to read a document that didn’t come from a retailer. To do that, you have to manually load, or side load, the document into your library.

Kindle User: How do I side load a book to my device?

For Kindle and Kindle app users:

  1. Login to your Amazon account online
  2. Go to the “manage your devices page”, click on “your devices”
  3. Find the kindle email address that amazon automatically created for you when you created your amazon account (middle of the page – it ends in ‘@kindle.com’)
  4. Go back to the top of the page, click the tab “Settings”.
  5. Scroll down to “Personal Document Settings” and to “Approved Personal Document Email List.”
  6. Click “Add a new approved email address.”
  7. Add your personal email address (gmail, yahoo, outlook, etc.)
  8. Email the book file to your kindle email address from your personal email address. No subject or content needed. Just the file. (You can do this the same way you would send any other email – remember to attach the book file to the email). You will find the file in your “Downloads” folder.
  9. Wait a few minutes ☺
  10. Sync the Amazon app on your tablet and the books will show up in your library

For more information about sending files to Kindle, please visit:http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/email

Kobo User: How do I side load a book to my device?

For Kobo users:

  1. Download the book files from your laptop or desktop computer
  2. Connect your kobo to your computer
  3. Drag and drop the book files into your library

If this process does not work for you, Kobo suggests using Adobe Digital Editions to side load your documents. For more information, please visit: https://www.kobo.com/help/en-US/article/3501/using-adobe-digital-editions

 

For the Kobo app:

  1. If you can, open the email or landing page while on your device.
  2. Click to download the file on your device and wait for it to finish.
  3. Open your Kobo App.
  4. In the top right corner click the three vertical dots.
  5. Select “Import Items” and click “Start.”
  6. Check the file[s] you would like to import and click “Import Selected.”

If your device doesn’t give this option:

  1. Save the book files to your Dropbox account (if you don’t have Dropbox, here’s where you can create a free account: https://www.dropbox.com)
  2. From Dropbox, select the book file and tap the “share” button (a little square with an arrow pointing out of the top)
  3. Choose the “open in” option
  4. Select the kobo app

iBooks User: How do I side load a book to my device?

For iBooks (iPhone, iPad, Apple laptop, Apple desktop):

This quick method MIGHT work with your device.

  1. Download the file from the email or landing page while on your device.
  2. Select “Open in iBooks.” You may have to tap twice.

Alternatively, two very easy methods to side load documents to Apple devices:

Sync with Computer

  1. Download the files onto your computer
  2. Drag and drop the book files into iBooks
  3. Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and sync your iBooks account (NOTE: if you do not normally sync your entire library, be sure to check the boxes next to the files you want to sync)
  4. The book files should now appear in your iBooks library

OR

Dropbox

  1. Download the files and save them to your Dropbox account (if you don’t have Dropbox, here’s where you can create a free account: https://www.dropbox.com)
  2. Open the Dropbox app on your device (Dropbox has free apps for Apple products and tablets)
  3. Select the file you want to side load and tap the “share” button (a little square with an arrow pointing out of the top)
  4. Choose the “open in” option
  5. Select the iBooks app

Nook User: How do I sideload a book to my device?

For Nook

  1. Download the files onto your computer
  2. Connect your Nook to your computer
  3. Drag and drop book files into your library

If you need more assistance, you may find the answer to your issue here: https://help.barnesandnoble.com/app/answers/list/kw/side%20load%20adobe%20digital%20editions/search/1

If you’d like more information about side loading documents, take a look at this article:http://www.pigsgourdsandwikis.com/2012/04/sideloading-ebooks-with-dropbox.html

What do I do if I read books on a tablet?

Kindle, Kobo and Nook all have free apps that you can download for your tablet.

Kindle App: https://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fiona/kcp-landing-page?ie=UTF8&ref_=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd

Kobo App: https://www.kobo.com/android

Nook App: http://www.nook.com/nookapp/

What do I do if I don't have a device to read ebooks on?

If you don’t have an ereader, smartphone, or tablet you can read ebooks on your browser.

If you have an Amazon account you can use the Kindle Cloud Reader (.mobi file)

Or at www.magicscroll.net you can easily upload the .epub file and read in your computer’s browser window.

The information on this page was largely compiled by a lovely writer friend of mine, Valerie Francis. Valerie is the author of the wonderful Fantasy Adventure Series Nature Knights, suitable for Ages 9+

To learn more, visit www.valeriefrancis.ca

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