Tips to open Mobi or Epub Files

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Mobi Files

All Kindle devices and mobile apps use Mobi files. Mobi file can be sent to a Kindle account and read it anywhere you have the Kindle app. Kindle devices will not support an epub file. There are three options for transferring a Mobi file: email, USB or Send to Kindle.

Send to Kindle App

In my opinion using the Send to Kindle App is by far the easiest method to put a Mobi (or many other types of documents) on your Kindle or into your Kindle reading app on a tablet or mobile device. Download the App from Amazon and follow the instructions.

Transferring Files to your Kindle via Email

(Instructions adapted from Amazon) Use your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address ([name]@kindle.com). Your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address is a unique e-mail address assigned to each of your Kindle devices and free Kindle reading applications upon registration.

  1. Download the Mobi file to your computer. The file will have the extension .mobi after the file name. Make sure you remember where you save it on your computer.
  2. Find your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address. At Amazon.com visit the Manage Your Devices page at Manage Your Kindle.
  3. Send a document to your Kindle device or app, by attaching it to an e-mail addressed to your Send-to-Kindle e-mail.  NOTE: Documents can only be sent to your Kindle devices or apps from email accounts that you added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List. To add an e-mail account, visit the Personal Document Settings page at Manage Your Kindle. By default, the email attached to the account used to log-in to Amazon is an approved sender.
  4. It is not necessary to include a subject in the email.

Transferring Files to your Kindle via a USB Cable

(Instructions adapted from the Amazon)

  1. Download the Mobi file to your computer. The file will have .mobi as the extension after the file name. Make sure you remember where you save the file.
  2. Connect your Kindle to your computer with the USB cable. The device will appear in “computer” or “my computer” for Windows users and on the desktop for Mac users.
  3. Open the Kindle drive. There will be lots of folders. Select the one that says “documents.”
  4. Find the Mobi file you just saved to your computer and copy the Mobi file to the Kindle document folder.
  5. Safely eject your Kindle from your computer.

The Mobi file should now appear on the home screen of the documents section of your Kindle or mobile Kindle app.

Epub Files

Epub files are accepted on almost all no-n Kindle e-readers (Nook, Kobo, etc.) Transfer an epub file to your e-reader through a USB cable. The steps might be different slightly from device to device.

  1. Download the epub file to your computer. The file will have .epub as the extension after the file name. Make sure you remember where you save the file.
  2. Connect your e-reader to your computer with the USB cable. The device will appear in “computer” or “my computer” for Windows users and on the desktop for Mac users.
  3. Open the drive. Your e-reader should appear where other external drives are on your computer. There will be lots of folders on your e-reader, but should be one that says “documents.” Select that folder.
  4. Find the epub file you just saved to your computer and copy the epub file to the e-reader document folder.
    Safely eject your e-reader from your computer.
  5. The e-reader file should now appear on the home screen of the documents section of your e-reader.