Owners of Kobo and Sony eReaders purchase eBooks from not only official Kobo and Sony eBook stores but also from other sources. Generally, books purchased with the built-in app on the device get synced automatically. But for books purchased from third-party stores, we will have to transfer from computer to the device by hand.
This guide will tell you how to add EPUB and PDF books to Kobo and Sony eReaders.
1. How to add EPUB and PDF books to Kobo eReaders
Kobo has released a set of eReader models, including Kobo Touch, Kobo Mini (5-inch), Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura HD, and two Android tablets (Kobo Vox and Kobo Arc). We can add eBooks to a Kobo eReader with Adobe Digital Editions, Calibre and drag & drop. Because most purchased EPUB and PDF books are Adobe DRM protected, I suggest you use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer books, which authorizes the Kobo device when it is connected to ADE and makes it possible to read Adobe DRM-protected books on Kobo.
Step1: Connect your Kobo eReader to computer with the USB cable. Make sure the Kobo device is ready before ADE authorization in Step 2.
Step2: Launch Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). If your ADE has been authorized (with your Adobe ID) before, the Kobo device will be detected and a window will pop to tell you to authorize your Kobo. Follow the prompt to finish the authorization. Then you will find a kobo icon shown under "Bookshelves" (LIBRARY view).
If you haven't installed ADE on your computer, here is a slideshare about how to install and authorize ADE (slide 2-5, part1)
Step3: Drag and drop your EPUB or PDF books to the main window of ADE.
If it is an ACSM file, double-click the file and the full EPUB book will be downloaded soon. If this doesn't work, you can also drag and drop the ACSM file directly to the main window of ADE. Here is how to convert ACSM to EPUB.
Step4: Drag & drop your books from the main window of ADE to the Kobo icon on the left side. The books will be transferred to your Kobo eReader immediately.
Eject your Kobo eReader and wait until the finish of sync. Head to "My Books" category on Kobo to enjoy your newly transferred books.
This method enables users to add both DRM-free books from torrent sites and purchased DRM-protected books from Sony, Google Play and other stores to Kobo Touch, Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo and other kobo eReaders. For DRM-free books, you can also connect the Kobo eReader to computer using USB and drag & drop to transfer books.
2. How to add books to Sony eReader
Books can be transferred to Sony eReader via USB or Sony Reader software. When transferring books with the drag & drop method (via USB), the added EPUB and PDF files might not be displayed. So Sony officially recommends users to transfer books to Sony with Reader Software.
Step1: Connect the Sony eReader to computer with the supplied USB cable and the eReader will be in "Data Transfer Mode". Two drives ("SETTING" and "READER") will show on the computer afterwards.
Step2: Go to "SETTING" drive, double-click “Setup Reader for PC” to install eReader software on your PC.
For Mac users, double-click "SETTING" drive on desktop, then double-click “Setup Reader for Mac” to install.
Step3: Launch Reader software and drag your EPUB or PDF books onto the "Library" folder in the left field.
Eject your Sony eReader, you will find the added books on the device after syncing.
Two videos about how to add EPUB and PDF books to Sony eReader.
Method1: Add books to Sony eReader with Reader Library software.
Method2: Add books to Sony eReader with supplied USB cable.
More about adding books to Kobo and Sony eReaders
1. Add Kobo books and other Adobe DRM-protected books to Sony eReader
Sony and Kobo eReaders support the same eBook formats (EPUB and PDF) and books from both stores are Adobe DRM protected, so people sometimes purchase books from one store and read on another eReader. Part 1 explains how to transfer both DRM-free and DRM-protected eBooks to Kobo, so here is how to add books from other stores to Sony eReader. I take Kobo books for example.
Step1: Launch Sony Reader software.
Step2: Connect your Sony reader to computer with the supplied USB cable.
Step3: Click "eBook Store" on the left side of Sony Reader Library, click "Sign In" to fill in your Sony account info. When the message "A Device Has Been Detected" pops, click the "Authorize" button to input your Adobe ID & password. Your Sony eReader will be authorized in seconds.
Step4: Follow this guide to download Kobo books from Kobo site and open with ADE. Then drag and drop the downloaded Kobo books (typically saved under C:\Users\User ID\Documents\My Digital Editions for PC or Finder -> Documents -> Digital Editions for Mac) onto the "Library" folder of Reader software.
Be sure to read the books on ADE first before you transfer books (especially from 3rd-party stores) to Sony or Kobo.
2. Add and read Kindle books on Sony and Kobo eReaders
Many people like to purchase eBooks from Amazon Kindle eBook store due to its more diversified titles at cheaper prices, although Kindle books come in exclusive Kindle formats and are protected with another DRM scheme. To add Kindle books to Kobo or Sony eReaders, we have to first strip Kindle DRM protection from the books, then convert Kindle formats to Kobo and Sony supported EPUB or PDF.
Download Epubor Kindle DRM Removal tool:
Here is how to read Kindle books on Kobo Vox. The first method is also applicable to E-ink Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, Kobo Aura HD and Sony eReaders.
3. Add EPUB and PDF books to Kobo Android app and Kobo iPad/iPhone/iTouch app
Purchased Kobo books will be synced on Kobo for Android app or Kobo for iOS app automatically. For side loaded books, however, you don't have to transfer them to Kobo for Android/iOS app (I personally don't think them awesome) since there have been many good 3rd-party reader apps on Android and iOS.
Ada Wang works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.