With the rising of the eBook industry, leading eBook & eReader provider, Amazon Kindle, is expanding from the US to new markets. Now people in the UK, Japan and some other countries also have access to Amazon Kindle eBook store and eReaders. Yes, you may have got a Kindle Fire HD tablet or Kindle Paperwhite in hand! But the next question is, "Can we read our own books or previously purchased books on Kindle?" How about Kobo books? Well, this guide will tell you how to read Kobo books on Kindle, Paperwhite and Kindle Fire (HD) as well as Kindle apps.
The incompatibility of Kobo books and Kindle
First, let's talk about the formats of Kobo books and the formats that Kindle readers support. Then we will be able to find out how to read Kobo books on Kindle.
The formats of Kobo books
Classic Kobo books are in unprotected EPUB format, which can be directly converted into another format with eBook conversion tools. However, purchased Kobo books are mostly DRM-protected ACSM files and can't be converted at all. In this case, we will have to remove DRM from Kobo books in advance if we want to convert them to another format.
Kindle supported formats
All Kindle devices including Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire (HD) only support Kindle's own formats plus DRM-free PDF. Kindle's own formats include AZW1, AZW3, AZW4, PRC, TPZ, TOPZA, KF8 and DRM-free MOBI. Generally, when we want to convert a non-Amazon book to a Kindle supported version, we convert it to MOBI.
Here are tools you will need:
Epubor DRM Removal enables people to remove eBook DRM from Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, Google Play and other stores.
Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) enables people to read DRM-protected EPUB and PDF on computer and enables Epubor DRM Removal to get the decryption key to decrypt DRM-protected books. Note that ADE must be authorized with user's Adobe ID or vendor ID, or it won't work properly. Create an Adobe ID for free if you don't have an Adobe ID yet.
How to read Kobo books on Kindle
Step 1: Get Kobo books ready
If you are using Kobo eReader like Kobo Glow, Kobo Aura, just make sure the books you want to read on Kindle are already downloaded to the eReader.
If you don't have a Kobo eReader, please download install Kobo desktop reading app, then download those books to your computer.
Step 2: Launch Epubor Ultimate.
The books you downloaded from Kobo desktop reading app will be displayed in the "Kobo" tab in the right hand library.
If you use Kobo eReader, please connect it to computer with USB, then you can see the books show up in the "Kobo eReader tab".
Or you just drag those books from right hand library to the main window. As Kobo add another encrypts to their books, in our program's right hand library you are not able to see their real book names, but just gibberish digits, don't worry, when the books are loaded into the main window, you will see the details including covers, titles, authors.
Then choose "Mobi" as output format, and click "Start", your Kobo books will be decrypted and converted to Mobi. After the conversion finishes, the folder saves output files will pop out automatically.
Step 3: Transfer converted Mobi books to Kindle
If you don't know how to do this, please read this guide: transfer converted MOBI book to your Kindle (Paperwhite), Kindle Fire (HD) or Kindle for Android/iPad app.
Update on 2016/01/08: We've released a new software which aims at transferring purchased eBooks between Kobo and Kindle. If you think the steps above is complex, please check the easy way to transfer Kobo books to Kindle.
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Ada Wang works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.