How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

Khamosh Pathak

10 Apr 2014

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

Kindle Paperwhite is a great ebook reader and the most noteworthy feature of this device is the backlit e-ink display. Usually, using a Kindle device means that you can only read books bought from the Kindle Store, but there are more options out there. You can read any DRM-free ebook on your Kindle device. Yes, it requires a little effort, but it is achievable.

For this guide, you’ll need.

  • A Kindle device
  • A Micro USB connector
  • Calibre software for Windows
  • Internet access and WiFi connection for Kindle

First Things First – Set Up Calibre

For an avid reader, Calibre is a must have. It takes care of managing your ebook collection with metadata and cover images in one central location. It even lets you convert DRM-free books to different formats and sync them with your device. Calibre is a one stop shop for ebook management. (You can download Calibre from here.)

Before we get started, let’s set it up the right way. When you launch Calibre for the first time, the app will run a welcome wizard. From the first step, choose where you want to save your ebook collection. I’d recommend you to use your Dropbox folder for this purpose. This way you will have access to all your books from any device.

Next, select the manufacturer and model. Lastly, input the Kindle email address linked with your device. You can find your device’s email address by following this guide. Adding your Kindle email address in Calibre will be useful for wireless transfer of books. We will cover this later in the post.

1. Sync with Calibre (Wired)

Now that you have set up Calibre, let’s transfer the books you’ve downloaded on your PC to your Kindle.

Step 1: Connect your device to the PC with the bundled USB Cable.

Step 2: To add the DRM-free book you’ve downloaded, simply drag it from the folder to the Calibre window and it will be imported. Alternately, you can use the Add Books option from the menu bar.

Step 3: Convert books (optional) — if the book you have downloaded is in EPUB format, first, you’ll need to convert it to MOBI. Right-click on the book and from the Convert Book option select Convert individually. Make sure that the Output Format reads MOBI and hit OK. See our detailed guide for converting ebooks. Meanwhile, also learn about different ebook formats.

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

Step 4: Syncing the book – right-click on the book you want to sync and from the Send To Device option, select Send to main memory.

The ebook, along with the relevant meta data and cover image, is now available on your device.

2. Copy And Paste (Wired)

This is the simplest of the methods, but you don’t get any of the organization features.

Step 1: Connect your device to your PC and wait for the device menu to pop up. Or go to My Computer and select Kindle from the devices menu.

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

Step 2: Go into the Documents folder. Here, all of the ebooks that you have on your device will be listed. If you want to load any DRM-free ebook in MOBI format, just paste it in this folder, safely remove your Kindle and it will be available in your device.

3. Email To Kindle Device with Calibre (Wireless)

Remember filling up your Kindle email address while setting up Calibre? It would be much easier to make a wireless transfer of ebooks to your Kindle device.

Your Kindle has a unique email address. When you send an email to that address with an attachment that Kindle can read, Kindle services will automatically push it to your Docs folder. You can directly send ebooks to your Kindle device like this, but the only catch is that instead of showing up on the Books list, they will be in the Docs list.

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

In Calibre, right-click on the book you want to send and from the Connect/share option select Email to (your email address). Next time, when you start your Kindle and connect it to internet or WiFi, the book will be automatically downloaded to your device.

DRM or No DRM?

DRM (Digital Rights Management) has always been a contentious issue in the world of publishing. What are your views on it? Do you think today’s world has a place for DRM? Do you break DRM on ebooks before sending them to your Kindle?

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February 15, 2017 by Nathan

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

One question that often comes up is how to load ebooks onto a new Kindle.

If you had a previous Kindle then you don’t really need to do anything. All of your purchased Kindle ebooks will automatically be available on your new Kindle, complete with all your highlights, bookmarks, last page read, etc.

If you have some non-Amazon ebooks then there are several ways to load them on a Kindle.

Kindles support a few formats in addition to Kindle formats, including PDF, TXT, MOBI and PRC.

Amazon also offers a free conversion service that can convert HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP files to Kindle format.

Here are six different ways to load ebooks on a Kindle:

1. The Cloud – They don’t call it “cloud” anymore but that’s the best way to describe it. All Kindle ebooks that you ever buy get associated to your account so they are available on any Kindle or Kindle app registered to your account, meaning there’s no need to “load” Kindle ebooks onto these devices, just download them from the “all” section.

2. Calibre – Calibre is the most popular third-party ebook software for managing your library and for converting ebooks to other formats. It’s one of the most common ways to send non-Amazon ebooks to a Kindle, and with a plugin you can easily remove the DRM from ePub ebooks to convert them to Kindle format.

3. Send to Kindle Apps – This is the quickest and easiest way to send documents, PDFs, and non-Amazon ebooks to a Kindle. With a send-to-Kindle app you can send files from your computer or Android device, and articles from a web browser. They get delivered wirelessly to your Kindle so you don’t have to mess with using a USB cable to sideload. Works with the following formats: DOC, DOCX, HTML, HTM, RTF, JPEG, MOBI, AZW, GIF, PNG, BMP and PDF.

4. Email – This basically works the same as using the send to Kindle apps above but with email instead. No need to install anything, just send files to your Kindle using email. Works with the same formats listed above. If you add “convert” to the subject line for PDFs they will be converted to Kindle format, which effectively works the same as PDF reflow.

5. Sideload via USB – If you own a Kindle device you have the option to download all your purchased Kindle ebooks directly from your Amazon account using the Manage Your Content and Devices page. You can then sideload them to your Kindle from a computer using a USB cable, a helpful option if you don’t have Wi-Fi. Additionally, you can wirelessly send ebooks to your Kindle from the MYKD page by selecting “deliver to” from the actions menu.

6. Web Browser – Another way to get non-Amazon ebooks onto a Kindle is by using the built-in experimental web browser. It can download MOBI, AZW, PRC, and TXT formats directly to the Kindle from a number of free ebook websites and sites that offer DRM-free Kindle books.

Posted by Jacob Allred on Mar 28, 2012 in DIY | 1 comment

I don’t have a real Kindle, but I do like the Kindle app on my wife’s iPad, my iPod Touch, my computer, my phone, etc. Recently there was an awesome deal to get The Hunger Games trilogy for only $3.06 total:

  1. The Hunger Games for $0.83 with promo code HUNGERGAMESDEAL
  2. Catching Fire for $1.16 with promo code HUNGERGAMESDEAL2
  3. Mockingjay for $1.07 with promo code HUNGERGAMESDEAL3

The deal may still be valid, not sure. Feel free to give it a shot.

The problem was the ebooks were only available in Adobe Digital Editions format. Adobe has some fine software, but I’d rather read it on a Kindle. So I searched Google and found how to remove the DRM, convert to Kindle format, and load the book into my Kindle software.

First, you need to make sure you have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer. It is free and takes about 2 minutes to install.

Next, load your purchased books into Adobe Digital Editions. For me, this was as easy as clicking the “download” button at the site that I purchased the books from. The books were downloaded and opened in Adobe Digital Editions automatically for me.

Adobe ebooks use DRM to keep you from doing what you want with the book that you paid for. Lame. Use this awesome free DRM removal tool to strip the DRM out. That page has clear instructions on how to use the application.

The last step is to install Calibre. When you set it up, be sure to tell it you have a Kindle. It lets you set up a Kindle email address (view your Amazon account or your Kindle software if you aren’t sure what your Kindle email address is). Â Once Calibre is installed, it is pretty easy to add your books, right click on a book, then go to Connect/share ->Email to [email protected]. Calibre will convert your ebook then email it to Amazon.

Once Amazon gets the book, it will make it available to your devices. This can take 5-15 minutes, so be patient.

It may sound complicated at first, but really the whole process takes maybe 5 minutes. Anyways, the process worked great for me. I finished reading The Hunger Games yesterday, and my wife isn’t far behind. I’m waiting for her to finish the first book before I move on to the second. Hopefully she hurries because I’m dying to know what happens next!

(100% Working) How to Read Kindle Books on ReMarkable Paper Tablet

The Remarkable paper tablet is not only a device where you can freehand draw and edit personal documents, but it can also function as a dedicated ebook reader. When Amazon Kindle books control the largest market share in the ebook industry, many people asked how they can read a Kindle book on their reMarkable device. If you are also pondering this question, you will find the easiest method after reading this post.

  • Part 1. A Brief Introduction of ReMarkable Paper Tablet
  • Part 2. How to Read Kindle Books on Remarkable Paper Tablet?

Part 1. A Brief Introduction of ReMarkable Paper Tablet

ReMarkable is an e-ink paper tablet for reading documents and ebooks, sketching and note-taking with a paper-like feel. It tries to combine the reading experience of an e-ink display with the writing experience of a high-end tablet, with the goal of replacing your notebooks, sketchbooks and printed books.

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

What file formats does reMarkable support?

ReMarkable supports the ebook format PDF and EPUB. Some ebooks protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) are not supported.

Where can we find ebooks for ReMarkable?

There is no native ebook store in ReMarkable store. However, there are lots of free ebook download sites without registration where you can get free titles to read in ReMarkable. Or you can also purchase ebooks from the most popular eBook stores such as Amazon Kindle/Kobo/Google Play/Nook or many more.

reMarkable vs Tablet

Compared with iPad and other tablets which have an LCD-based screen that has screen glare and a glass surface, reMarkable has a higher-friction surface, and a digital paper display without screen glare, which makes it more comfortable and easy on the eyes when reading for a longer period. Without apps for web surfing, social media or games, the reMarkable is a dedicated device around reading, writing and sketching with a paper-like experience through its low lag Linux operating system.

reMarkable vs eReader

E-readers (like Kindle/Kobo/Nook), as well as reMarkable paper tablets, both use an electronic paper display technology and reflect light much in the same way as paper. However, in addition to reading books and documents, reMarkable lets you even write and sketch as well, which can’t be done on an eReader.

Part 2. How to Read Kindle Books on Remarkable Paper Tablet?

ReMarkable devices support only EPUB or PDF files. However, all Amazon Kindle books are DRM-protected and in Kindle format KFX/AZW/Mobi/AZW3. To read Kindle books on reMarkable, you should remove DRM from Kindle books and convert Kindle to EPUB/PDF as well. Fortunately, you can use a powerful eBook DRM Removal & eBook Converter named Epubor Ultimate to help you do the job in the following easy steps.

Step 1 Download Epubor Ultimate to your computer.

Step 2 Download Kindle books to your computer via an older version Kindle for PC/Mac desktop app.

Download and run the Kindle for PC/Mac older version V1.24/V1.23 and sign in with your Amazon account. Then all your Kindle books will be synced to the library automatically. Just right-click the book cover and tap “Download” to download them to the computer.

Important Notice

Usually, if you download Kindle books via Kindle for PC/MAC 1.25 or higher version, you’ll fail to decrypt Kindle books. Therefore, to convert Kindle books successfully, you have to download Kindle books via the older version of Kindle for PC/MAC V1.24/1.23. (If you have already installed a higher latest version of Kindle desktop, you can automatically downgrade Kindle for PC/Mac to an older version.)

If you don’t want to downgrade or the downgrade does not work for you, e.g (1) you are using the macOS Catalina or maOS Big Sur, (2) your Kindle desktop forced update to the latest version, you can try the following two methods. The do work for both Windows and Mac users (macOS Catalina and Big Sur included).

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

Step 3 Run Epubor Ultimate to remove Kindle DRM and convert Kindle books to ReMarkable supported format EPUB/PDF.

The Kindle books downloaded via Kindle for PC/Mac will be automatically uploaded and you can see them at the left column under the “Kindle” tab. Just drag and drop the Kindle books from the left to the right. From the pop-down menu, choose the output format as EPUB/PDF and start the conversion process.

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

After the conversion is completed, there will be a “Succeeded” word at the end of each title. Just click it or the blue folder icon at the bottom-right to find the DRM-free and converted Kindle books.

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

Step 4 Transfer Kindle books to reMarkable.

Once you get the DRM-free Kindle books in EPUB or PDF format in the previous step, what you should do now is to transfer these PDF/EPUB files to your reMarkable paper tablet with a USB cable or using the desktop app.

Bonus Tips—Read Kobo books/Google Play Books/Nook books on ReMarkable tablet.

Besides decrypting and converting Kindle books, Epubor software can still help you decrypt Kobo/Nook/Google Play books and read these books on ReMarkable. Here are the detailed guides:

1 To read Google Play Books(.ACSM) on ReMarkable: How to Remove DRM from Google Play Books.

Q: I’ve updated my macOS to the new 10.15 Catalina (or Mac Big Sur), but the older version Kindle for Mac no longer runs. How can I remove Kindle DRM and convert Kindle books on macOS Catalina?

A: The new macOS Catalina and Big Sure only support 64 bits application, but Kindle for Mac 1.23 is 32 bits. So downgrading Kindle for Mac to older version becomes an invalid method for removing Kindle DRM on macOS Catalina and Big Sur.

If you have a Kindle e-ink device, then you are still able to remove Kindle DRM on macOS Catalina and Big Sur by downloading the Kindle books from Amazon website.

If you don’t have a Kindle e-ink device, you can still Patch Kindle for Mac to Remove Kindle DRM on Mac Catalina & Big Sur.

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How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

Apple iBooks vs. Amazon Kindle eBooks

Apple iBooks and Amazon Kindle are two biggest online eBook stores in the world that provide a large selection of eBooks allowing us read books on iOS devices or Kindle eReaders. However, one big difference between iBooks and Kindle eBooks we should know is that although we can access both eBook sources via iBooks and Kindle app on iOS devices, we can’t read iBooks directly on the Kindle devices at all due to different eBook formats and the DRM protection on iBooks. So here comes the problem, since most of the people like to read eBooks on Kindle eReaders because of the eye-friendly screen, what if they purchased eBooks from iBooks store but want to read on Amazon Kindle? Is there any effective way to get iBooks readable on Kindle eReaders, such as Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, etc.?

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How to Read DRM iBooks on Kindle

In order to read the iBooks on Kindle, you need to firstly understand that the iBooks are in ePub format while the eBooks supported by Kindle should in formats like Mobi, AZW, PDF, etc. It’s easy to convert the DRM-free iBooks to Amazon Kindle compatible formats by using some eBook converter software. But for most of the iBooks you purchased from iBooks store, it’s no easy job to make them readable on Kindle eReaders since they are protected by Apple’s DRM technology. To read those DRM-protected iBooks on Kindle, you must completely remove the DRM restriction from the iBooks before converting them to Kindle eBook formats.

Now here in the following article, we’ll show you the complete guide to read DRM iBooks on Amazon Kindle eReaders.

Part 1. Remove DRM from Protected iBooks

Firstly we meet TunesKit iBook Copy for Mac, which is a professional iBook DRM removal tool specially developed to help iBook users easily bypass DRM lock from protected iBook ePub files while making the copies of DRM-free iBooks with original meta info retained. Once the DRM is removed from the iBooks, you can freely transfer the non-DRM iBooks to any eReader as you wish. Please download the free trial version of this smart iBook DRM remover as below.

Step 1 Add iBooks to TunesKit iBook Copy

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

Once launching TunesKit iBook Copy for Mac, you can load the iBooks to the program either via the “Add Files” button or via directly drag-and-drop.

Step 2 Adjust Output Settings

When the protected iBooks are added successfully into TunesKit iBook Copy, you can customize the output settings, like output folder by yourself.

Step 3 Start to Remove DRM from iBooks

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

After all things are set OK, you can start removing DRM from iBooks by clicking the “Convert” button.

It will take some time to get the process done. The whole time is mainly depending on the total iBook files converted there. Normally it will work at 30x faster speed in copying each eBook.

You can also simply view this video demo to learn how to get rid of the DRM from iBooks with TunesKit iBook Copy for Mac with ease.

Part 2. Convert DRM-free iBook ePub Files to Kindle Mobi eBooks

Since all the iBooks are DRM-free now, we can use some eBook converter, such as Calibre to convert the non-DRM iBook ePub files to Kindle Mobi eBooks. You can get this free eBook management app from its official website:

How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

For the complete guide to convert eBooks to common formats with Calibre, you can refer to: How to Convert DRM-free iBooks ePub with Calibre >>

Alternatively, you can also use some professional yet paid eBook converter software, like ePubor eBook Converter Ultimate to convert the DRM-free iBooks to more eBook formats with better performance.

Part 3. Transfer Converted iBooks to Amazon Kindle eReaders

Once the iBooks are converted to Kindle compatible eBooks, you now get two different yet easy ways to transfer the iBooks to Amazon Kindle eReaders.

Method 1. Sync iBooks to Kindle via USB

Connect Kindle to your computer with USB cable, then you can put the DRM-free iBooks to Kindle by Copy & Paste the mobi files to the folder.

Method 2. Send iBooks to Kindle Email

When you connect your Kindle to WiFi, the converted iBooks will transfer to your Kindle automatically. Find your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address in—Manage your Kindle.

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    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindleJane Dear Jane ereader device / Kindle 29 Comments

    I was a nook fan/user until a few days ago when I ran into some really poor Tech Support from B&N. Never had that problem before, but it’s been a month since I’ve used them and it’s degraded a lot to the point of hair pulling. (customer service seems ok still). Never got my question resolved and had to use another source.

    I have the new Kindle3 pre-ordered. I was sold on the global coverage, and some of the new experimental features it’s sporting. Some drawbacks is that it doesn’t utilize page numbers so I can’t cite material. Another drawback is no library ebooks since Amazon doesn’t support EPUB yet. I’m hoping that will change.

    (Assume everything is DRM free)
    The Amazon rep said that I had to email all files to be converted by them for use on the Kindle. That’s a pain. Can get around this using Calibre to convert it myself then sideload? The rep couldn’t tell if the files get converted to AZW or not. I’d like to know what they are converting them to.

    Has anyone successfully converted a EPUB (no drm) to AZW? Or do you have to convert it to Mobi then to epub? Too many steps there.

    Does anyone else besides Amazon sell Kindle format so I’m not stuck with Amazon as my only buying option.

    Finally, should I wait and see what other ereaders become available before getting the K3?

    1. You can sideload books onto the Kindle in the mobi format. I do this all the time. Sideloading is accomplished by attaching the Kindle to your computer with the included USB cord. The Kindle mounts as a drive on your desktop (Mac) or look under “My Computer” for the PC.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    Then dropping and dragging the file onto the Kindle and placing in the documents folder.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    OR if you are using Calibre, you can use the “email to Kindle” option or the “send to device” option.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    2. You can email mobi books to the Kindle and Kindle will convert it to the azw format.

    3. Calibre does a great job of converting epub to mobi.

    4. No one else sells Kindle but a lot of companies sell Mobipocket and there is a great plugin for Calibre that strips the Mobi DRM* as you add the mobi file to Calibre. (all automatic)

    *This may or may not be legal depending on whether the ebook falls within the recent library of congress exemption.

    5. If you don’t have to have an ebook device right now, I would wait. Sony is due to announce its new devices; Kobo is going to be $99 before Christmas; I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t a $99 Kindle and/or nook by Christmas; there will be a subsidized Google Android tablet released on Black Friday; and Apple is rumored to have a 7″ iPad. So yes, waiting until October or later makes a lot of sense. BUT! If you can’t wait (as I could not), don’t feel guilty about your purchase. You’ll have gotten some good months in with your device before the price drop or something else comes out. (At least this is what I tell myself).

    Kindle devices offer you a modern way of reading books, magazines, newspapers, etc. You can browse, buy, and read your favorite titles in a paperless form no matter where you are.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    But did you know that you can also find thousands of books for free? All that you need to know is where to look. This article will show you how you can easily download books to your Kindle device for free.

    Before We Begin

    There is one thing that you should keep in mind before you start downloading books to your Kindle device. Namely, that is the format of the book that you want to download.

    You need to select the appropriate format to open the file (eBook) on your Kindle device. Most eBookstores use the epub format for the books that they upload. However, Kindle supports a few other formats, as well.

    You should always look for the Mobi (sometimes called PRC) eBook format if you’re using your Kindle device. Not only is this the main formats supported by Kindle but it also offers features that will make reading much more enjoyable.

    You can also download eBooks that are in kd8 format. This is a newly added Kindle format that allows you to put multimedia content into the eBook itself. If there are several available formats for the book that you want, either one of these two will work on your device, as will the epub format.

    PDF is also supported, but it’s advised that you first look for the formats we have mentioned.

    Top Websites That Offer Free Kindle Books

    The following websites are considered top-notch when it comes to offering excellent book titles. They also offer hundreds of Kindle books for free. Let’s check them out.

    Kindle Store

    Perhaps the best way to download eBooks to your Kindle device for free is to do it directly from the Kindle Store on Amazon. You can find the top 100 free books on Kindle here.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    If you have a specific genre in mind, click on the Kindle eBooks subcategory. This option is located on the very left side of your screen. When you do, several genres and categories will appear. Choose the one that you want, and you will see the list of top 100 free Kindle eBooks in that particular category.

    Of course, there are plenty more free Kindle books than just those that make it to the top 100. However, you’ll have to search for them manually. If you enter “free kindle books” into the search box on the top of the page, you’ll be shown many more free books to choose from. Have in mind that many of them are free for a limited time only, so if you see anything you like, make sure to download it immediately.

    Project Gutenberg

    Project Gutenberg is a website that offers more than 59,000 Kindle eBooks for free. You can choose between different formats and download your eBooks in just a few clicks. Project Gutenberg also gives you the option to read eBooks online.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    You don’t need to register or pay a fee to download a book from Project Gutenberg. Everything you come across is absolutely free to all readers.

    If you want to support Project Gutenberg’s initiative and help them digitize even more books, you can make a donation on their website.

    The Project Gutenberg website is very straightforward. You can browse their libraries by selecting Browse Catalog, Bookshelves, or Categories. All of these options are found on the left side of this website’s homepage.


    Smashwords is one of the most popular websites for independent authors who want to publish their work. If you scroll down on Smashwords’ homepage, you will see a full section of options dedicated to people who want to publish their books on this website.

    Smashwords currently has 518,000 published books. 80,664 of those are completely free to download. There are also 63,540 books on sale that you can get for a good price.

    All of that makes Smashwords an excellent website to get free Kindle eBooks.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    To browse their libraries more easily, select “Free” from their price options filters. You can also select the length of the book that you are looking for. There are “Under 20K words,” “Over 20K words,” “Over 50K words,” and “Over 100K words” options.

    To gain access to all of Smashwords’ book offers, you need to create a free account.

    Internet Archive

    Internet Archive is a completely non-profit digital library. This website has been created with a clear goal – to help people gain access to all knowledge. Therefore, every book you come across on this website can be downloaded for free.

    The number of books that they’ve uploaded is quite astonishing. It currently goes over 15,000,000. There are around 550,000 modern eBooks that you can easily borrow if you have a free Internet Archive account.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    Since this website encourages people to share knowledge, it has a special feature that allows you to upload a book.

    To browse their collections, select the Collection option, which is located next to About.

    Enjoy Reading on Your Kindle Device

    These are some of the best websites where you can get free Kindle eBooks. If you can’t find a certain title on one website, maybe one of our other picks has it. You should thus consider bookmarking all these websites just in case.

    Do you know of some other great websites that offer free eBooks for Kindle? Which free Kindle eBook have you recently read and would you recommend it to others? Let us know in the comments below.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindleThe Kindle app for iOS presents a special problem for Kindle users want to load and read DRM-free ebooks larger than 50MB in size

    While it is easy to load ebooks of any size into the Kindle apps for Windows 7, OSX, or Android, Kindle for iOS is crippled by a file system originally developed for a feature phone (the original iPhone). Loading files into iOS apps is difficult to impossible, and you can’t use Amazon’s “send to Kindle” email feature (it has a size limit of 50MB).

    Luckily there is a workaround. Len Epps of Leanpub figured out the trick earlier this week, and it turns out it’s pretty simple.

    What Len discovered was that you can upload a large Mobi file to Dropbox and then use the Dropbox iOS app to download it and open it in the Kindle app for iOS. Dropbox makes you jump through a few hoops, but once you’re done you will have the ebook in your Kindle app.

    That’s a great trick, and it gets better.

    Len proved that this worked in Dropbox, so I took the idea a step further and used the same trick in iCloud and Google Drive.

    I have not tested all of the free cloud storage services, so I can’t tell you if this will work in OneDrive,, or Box. But I do know that I have used this trick to download both Kindle and PDF ebooks from Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, and from websites.

    Yes, I emailed myself a link to the Humble Bundle download page, opened that link in Safari, and then downloaded 100MB and 200MB PDFs and opened them in the Kindle app.

    The steps involved on this trick differed between the various apps, obviously, so here’s how to pull it off in iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

    Google Drive

    Update: I’m told the instructions for Google Drive no longer work.

    1. Open the file in Google Drive on your iDevice, and then open the three-dot menu in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
    2. Select the “Send a copy” option, and then select “Open in”.

    You’ll have to wait a few seconds for the next menu to appear, but once it pops up you will see a menu with a bunch of “Copy to” options, including “Copy to Kindle” (other options will include ebook and office apps on your iDevice).

    Select the Kindle option, and the ebook will open in the Kindle app for iOS.

    If you close the ebook, you can find it again inside the Kindle app simply by selecting the “Device” option in the All Items menu.


    1. Open Dropbox on your iDevice, and select the options menu for the file you want to copy to the Kindle app.
    2. Select the “Send link” option.
    3. Select the “Open in” option.

    Select the Kindle option sharing menu, and the ebook will open in the Kindle app for iOS.

    If you close the ebook, you can find it again inside the Kindle app simply by selecting the “Device” option in the All Items menu.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle


    1. Open iCloud Drive on your iDevice.
    2. Press and hold the file, and then select “more” from the menu bar.
    3. Select “Share Item”.

    Select the Kindle option from the menu that pops up, and the ebook will open in the Kindle app for iOS.

    If you close the ebook, you can find it again inside the Kindle app simply by selecting the “Device” option in the All Items menu.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    O O O

    That’s a neat trick, isn’t it? If you have a better way of doing this, please let us all know in the comments below.

    It’s not complicated any more!

    Amazon has made loading content wirelessly from outside their platform (ebook files like ours, PDFs, and even .doc files and web pages) as simple as dragging and dropping the files onto their Send to Kindle app. You can do it from your PC or Mac desktop, your Android phone or tablet. If using the app isn’t your favorite method, you can just email one of our ebooks to any Kindle or device running the Kindle app.

    To use the free app, download it from Amazon:

    When you purchase your ebook from us: Make sure to purchase the Kindle / .mobi version, as it’s the only one we sell that the Kindle and Kindle app can handle. If you make a mistake when purchasing, just contact our customer help email and we’ll fix your order and send you new links for free.

    When the system sends you your download links, download your .mobi file to some easily located directory and then move it to your desktop.

    To use Send to Kindle: If you’ve downloaded one of the desktop apps, install it and log in. (Please note: if you have Two Factor Authorization / 2FA running on your Amazon account, you will probably need to deactivate it while you’re installing the app. We had to.)

    When the app has installed, you’ll see a screen announcing the installation, and then this window will appear.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    Drag your .mobi ebook file onto the sideloading window. The window will now show you your available Kindle devices. Click the ones where you want your ebook sent.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    Amazon’s system will let you know that your file is being uploaded.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    . and will confirm when it’s finished.

    How to load drm-free ebooks onto your kindle

    That’s all there is to it! Your ebook will now appear in your Kindle devices and be stored in your account’s ebook archive, if you clicked the box for that option. (If it doesn’t show up right away, select “Sync & Check for Items” and check if your book has arrived. This might take a few minutes. If you have a Kindle Fire, the book might turn up in the “Docs” section, and the cover might not display till you’ve opened the book.)

    For those customers who prefer to handle Kindle uploads to their devices by using a physical connection (a cable to their device from their computer), we’ll be posting a video showing all the steps around August 10th. Thanks for your patience while we get this set up!