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In addition to purchased titles, your Kobo reader is quite capable
of reading any files in the
EPUB format. This
includes electronic books that you may have checked out from the
library or books that you have downloaded from sites such as
However, it is not readily apparent how you can easily transfer ebooks to your Kobo. Google the topic and you'll find instructions for importing a book into Adobe Digital Editions and then transferring it to your Kobo. This process works but it is unnecessarily complicated and can be frustrating—if you connect your Kobo at the wrong time it won't be accessible from Adobe Digital Editions.
There is an easier way. Find your Kobo and its USB cable and sit down in front of your computer.
These instructions apply to Mac OS X. With minor adjustments, this procedure will also work on Linux.
Start up your computer and point your favourite browser at the
site. Select a book you'd like to read being sure to download the
EPUB link saves a file with the
epub to your download directory. Most
browsers let you configure the directory used for downloads but if
you haven't changed the default, the directory or folder is
Downloads and is found in
your home directory. In order to transfer your book to the Kobo
you'll need to know where to find it.
Once the file has downloaded—it shouldn't take long—you need to connect your Kobo as described in the next section.
Power up your Kobo, and connect it to the computer. Once a connection is established, the "Read or manage?" page should display on your Kobo. Choose the "MANAGE LIBRARY" option.
The following icon (or something similar) should appear on your Desktop:
Double click this icon and you should see something similar to the following:
Double click the
directory—this is where you want to copy your downloaded
Now you must copy the ebook from the download directory to your
Kobo. Make sure that the
Finder App is active
so that you can open a Finder window that shows your download
folder. If it's not active click the Finder App icon on the Dock.
Once Finder is active, from the application menu bar at the top of your screen choose themenu and then choose the option.
in this new window open your downloads folder (usually name
Downloads and found within your home directory)
and find the file that you just downloaded—the one with the
Using your mouse pick up the EPUB file and drop it in the
Digital Editions Finder Window.
This copies the file to your Kobo. You now need to disconnect your Kobo nicely.
Digital Editions Finder Window and
then right click the "KOBOeReader" icon on your Desktop (shown in
Figure 2, “The Kobo eReader icon”) and choose the option from the pop-up menu.
Disconnect the USB cable from your computer. Your Kobo should say:
"Please wait while your Kobo eReader processes new
content." Wait patiently and try not to get annoyed that
your book has been referred to as "content".
When processing is complete, navigate to the "I'M READING" page
and you should find your new title at the top of the list and
New. Happy reading!
Peter Lavin is a technical writer who has been published in a number of print and online magazines. He is the author of Object Oriented PHP, published by No Starch Press and a contributor to PHP Hacks by O'Reilly Media.
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