How to sideload onto your Kindle Device or app

(Updated: we’ve added links to videos on how to upload to other devices. In most cases, you can download a book to your computer, then connect your device to your computer and drag the file into your device’s book or documents folder).

Sometimes we send out special exclusive stories to our Goners list. Here’s some instructions on how to load a .mobi file onto Kindle devices and your PC/Mac. If you’re not familiar with the process, it may seem intimidating, but it takes just a minute or two at most to learn, and you’ll probably never forget how to do it!

Right click and save the file to your computer and then transfer to the device of your choice. Or, if you have the Kindle app on your pc or mac, you can read it right there for free!

The instructions for downloading and transferring to the Kindle device are listed below. It’s super easy.

HOW TO READ ON YOUR COMPUTER

Download the mobi file to your computer.

Download the free Kindle app at the below link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771

Install the app to your computer.

Once installed, find the .mobi file we sent you and double or right click on the file and it should open in your device.

Enjoy!

HOW TO SEND TO YOUR KINDLE DEVICE – THE EASIEST WAY

After you download the mobi file, you can send it to your Kindle device via one of the following links. Make sure to read the details on the page, as some files may have a small delivery fee associated with them.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/pc

Mac users can go here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle/mac/ref=stk_pc_mac

EMAIL TO YOURSELF

Go to the bottom of this page on your Amazon account where it says PERSONAL DOCUMENT SETTINGS.

You’ll see a list of your devices and the emails associated with your device. For example:

David’s 2nd Kindle david@kindle.com (not my real address)

Copy that email, as you’re going to use it when emailing to your Kindle from your regular email account (like Gmail).

Then go down to the part that says:

Approved Personal Document E-mail List

Here is where you can add email addresses that are allowed to email directly to your device.

Here you will add YOUR regular email address, such as dave@gmail.com

Now you’ll go to your email client (or via the browser) and in the “to” field, you’ll put your Kindle address. Then attach the book you downloaded from us (the mobi file), attach it to the email, and then send.

You will need to make sure that your Kindle device is on and synced. From there, the book will either appear in your books or DOCS tab. Click, read, and enjoy!

You can also read Amazon’s instructions on the matter here.

 

HOW TO SIDELOAD ONTO YOUR KINDLE – THE SLIGHTLY LESS EASY WAY

Sideloading is the process of using the USB cable that came with your device to transfer the downloaded mobi file from your computer or Mac to your Kindle device.

STEP 1

Download the mobi file.

For Windows users (and perhaps older Kindle models), you should be able to connect and skip right to Step 2.

For Mac users, you’ll first need to download a file program to share files from your mac to your Kindle Fire HD device.

http://www.android.com/filetransfer/

Follow the instructions there.

STEP 2

Connect your Kindle Fire to your pc or mac via the usb cable you received with your device.

STEP 3

Once you’ve connected your Kindle to your mac or PC, use your file explorer program to open the temporary folder marked Kindle. Open the folder where you downloaded the .mobi file in a separate window.

On the mac, you may need to click on the android icon to access your Kindle folders.

STEP 4

Locate the folder in your Kindle Fire named documents. (some Kindle models may allow you to load into the books folder, but the ones I have require you to upload into docs.)

Drag the .mobi file from the window on your computer into the documents folder.

Once done, safely eject the Kindle from your mac or PC (however you normally eject a temporary drive on your machine). When you turn your Kindle back on, the book should be loaded where your books are.

STEP 5 

Read and enjoy!

Did we miss any steps or do you have advice for a Kindle model not covered below? Feel free to post a comment for future readers.

OTHER DEVICES

KOBO

How to load epubs onto Kobo ARC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCd_hVpzqMo

How to sideload epubs onto the Kobo Glo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65RVQJ_K9WA

How to side load epubs onto your Kobo Aura

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANhm300Yde4

NOOK

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObnQMsx4ysM&list=PLeSHVc_BJxL-IeaYaYubipSiR9QQhb17v&index=62

IPAD

How to side load onto your iPad via iTunes and iBooks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20dPLxSfRtI&list=PLeSHVc_BJxL-IeaYaYubipSiR9QQhb17v&index=89

KINDLE VIDEOS

How to load mobis onto your Kindle Paperwhite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmlodrbzMBg&list=PLeSHVc_BJxL-IeaYaYubipSiR9QQhb17v&index=44

Kindle Fire HD 8.9

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNFPbAg-vHA&list=PLeSHVc_BJxL-IeaYaYubipSiR9QQhb17v&index=42

Kindle Touch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx6vT_ZizR4&list=PLeSHVc_BJxL-IeaYaYubipSiR9QQhb17v&index=64

IF ALL ELSE FAILS

If all else fails, do a Google or Youtube search for the following terms:

“how to side load epub” + your device name.

(or mobi if you’ve downloaded the Kindle version)