How to Place an eBook on Your Device

If this is the first time someone has emailed you their book as an .epub or .mobi file, then chances are that you may be a bit confused as to how to move the file from your inbox to your device.

Below are links to guides we’ve found for various situations.


.mobi is the format used by the Amazon Kindle reader (the device as well as the app that you can load on your smartphone or tablet).

Perhaps the easiest way to get a .mobi file into your Kindle is via email.

Amazon provides instructions here on how to do so:

You can also import the file to your Kindle device by plugging it into your computer.

AskLeo explains how here: scroll down to “Copy it to your Kindle”)

If you are using the Kindle App on a smartphone with the Android OS, read this:


.epub is a non-proprietary ebook standard that’s popular on non-Amazon devices.

On Apple devices, you can open .epub files using iBooks. Here’s how:
(This works for iPads as well.)

If you’re using an Android-based smartphone or tablet, then you’ll need an eReader app. ranks their 15 favourites here:

If you’re using a Kobo eReader, here’s how to add .epub files to your device:

If you’re using a Nook, here’s how to add .epub files to your device:

If you’re using a Kindle Fire, you can read .epub files on your device. Here’s how:

If you’re using a Kindle Paperwhite (or another non-tablet Kindle), you’ll need to convert the .epub file to a .mobi file first. Here’s how: