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What is sideloading?

Sideloading is getting an ebook into your e-reading device (or app) when you haven't bought it from that reader's own maker/sponsor (like Amazon for the Kindle family, Barnes & Noble for the Nook readers or Kobo for the Kobo readers).

Most big e-reader sponsors have automatic or semi-automatic ways to load the ebooks you buy from them to their own readers. You buy them and minutes later they magically turn up in your device.

But that's not how it goes when you buy an ebook from an independent provider like us (and thank you for doing that, if you have!) or from a company like Smashwords, or acquire a free ebook from an online source like Project Gutenberg. When that happens, you have to load the book to your device yourself: not uploading, or downloading, but sideloading.

The basics

Sideloading usually involves four steps:

  • Downloading the ebook file to your computer:
  • Attaching your e-reader, tablet or phone to your computer and "mounting" it as a drive:
  • Locating the right document folder in your device:
  • Dropping your downloaded ebook file into it.

That's it.

Which file format should I purchase?

Our Kindle / .epub ebooks work with all Kindles. Please note that as of 1 November 2023, Amazon no longer supports its old .mobi format. We are currently replacing all our .mobi files with .epubs: in the meanwhile please purchase generic .epub versions.
Our Nook / .epub ebooks work with all Nooks.
Our Kobo / .epubs work with all Kobo devices.
Our iBooks .epubs work with all Apple devices.
Our Generic .epub files work with almost every other e-reader and almost all ebook reading apps.

Choose your device or app

If you have a dedicated e-reading device, click on the device name below to find your sideloading instructions. Ebooks Direct's files are tailored for:

If you don’t have an e-reading device

You can read our ebooks without a dedicated device. Free programs are available that read one or more of the three main ebook formats. Check out:


Amazon's free Kindle reading apps for PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, and iPhone/iPad

Barnes & Noble's free Nook reader apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, and Mac

Kobo's apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, and Mac

Google Play for ePub/PDF

Calibre cross-platform eBook library management and reader software (We use this to read and convert our ebooks and to organize our ebook libraries.)

Check here for other software choices for Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile and others.

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