[Infographic] How to Convert Kobo Books to Kindle

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You may have purchased a lot of books from Kobo store, and read them on your computer, iPad or Android device previously. But now you get a new Kindle eReader, such as Kindle Paperwhite, you want to continue reading these Kobo books. So you may need to transfer your purchased Kobo files to Kindle. The question is when you directly transfer Kobo books to Kindle, your Kindle eReader will not recognize them. You may ask me why. In fact, you need to convert Kobo books to Kindle format before transferring them. In this article, I will tell you why, and how to deal with the problem.

Firstly show you an infographic to get a simple understanding.

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Then following is a detailed guide. If you had time or interest, don't miss these parts out.

Why we need to convert Kobo books to Kindle?

Before we convert Kobo books to Kindle, let's learn about Kobo and Kindle supported formats. Then we can figure out why we need to convert the eBooks formats.

Kindle formats: All the Kindle devices including Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Touch, Kindle Voyage and Kindle Fire(HD) only support Amazon unique formats, such as Mobi, AZW, AZW3, PRC, Topaz, etc.

Kobo formats: Kobo books are always with common EPUB, PDF and Kepub formats. This makes Kobo books are not compatible with Kindle devices.

As Kobo and Kindle support different eBooks formats, in order to read Kobo books on Kindle, we need to convert Kobo books to Kindle formats first.

How to convert Kobo books to Kindle?

Usually, when we purchase or download Kobo books, we will get different Kobo formats, such as EPUB, Kepub and ACSM. It depends on where and how we get them.

1 Remove DRM from Kobo eBooks (EPUB, Kepub, ACSM)

Books we purchase from Kobo online eBooks store are always with Adobe DRM protection. It locks us only can read Kobo books on its specific reading app or devices, such as Kobo Desktop, Kobo glo. We can not convert eBooks format unless we remove their DRM. So, removing Adobe DRM is needed first.

Tools you will need:

1. Epubor Ultimate Converter:

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Epubor Ultimate is a powerful software to help you solve eBook DRM and format problems. Using this tool, you can remove Adobe, Kindle and Nook DRM easily and then convert DRM-free eBooks to other format you need.

2. Kobo Desktop:

You can read your Kobo books on this app if you have installed it and synced your purchased books via the desktop.

Or 3. Adobe Digital Editions:

Adobe Digital Editions can read your DRM-protected EPUB and PDF books. This makes Epubor Ultimate Converter find the key to decrypt protected books.

Kobo books are always with Adobe DRM. Here we can divide it into 2 situations.

Case1: Remove DRM from Kobo Kepub files

If we purchase Kobo books from Kobo online store, sync them via Kobo desktop, or download them on our Kobo e-Ink devices, we will get .kepub files which are protected by Adobe DRM. Now, please do as following steps.

For Kobo Kepub files syned via Kobo desktop

Step1: Install Kobo Desktop and sync your Kobo books.

Run Kobo Desktop and login in it with your own Kobo account. Click "Library", it will synced all your purchased books which will be with Kepub format and are Adobe DRM-protected.

sync purchased kobo books

Step2: Install Ultimate Converter and launch it.

Once you run the program, all your synced books will be automatically load to the software. You can see them in the right side. If they aren't added into the tool, you can just drag your Kepub books the program or click "Add" to add books to it.

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Your default Kobo Kepub content path:

For Windows: C:/Users/(your user name)/AppData/Local/Kobo/Kobo Desktop Edition/kepub

For Mac: .../Library/Application Support/Kobo/Kobo Desktop Edition/kepub

Step3: Remove DRM from Kobo Kepub files.

Just drag the books from right side to the main interface of the software, once you drag them to the program, all your added books will be decrypted soon. You can see the word "decrypted". It shows books' DRM has been removed.

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For Kobo Kepub files downloaded on your Kobo e-Ink devices

Step1: Connect Kobo to your computer via USB.

After connecting Kobo to computer, your Kobo will ask if you want to connect your eReader to your computer to manage files. Please select “Connect” to continue. This is very important.

Step2: Remove Kobo Kepub files' DRM from Kobo eReader.

Run Ultimate, the tool will detect your Kobo device and load all your existing books automatically. You can see "Kobo device" icon in the right side of the software. Then just drag your books to the main window of the tool, they will be decrypted soon.

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Case2: Remove DRM from Kobo ACSM files

If we don't sync purchased Kobo books via Kobo Desktop or download them on Kobo e-Ink devices, they usually are ACSM files which are the key to download complete EPUB books. Before removing DRM from Kobo books, please make sure you can open and read books on ADE. You can go through this article to learn detailed information about reading Kobo books on ADE.

Step1: Run Epubor Ultimate Converter.

Usually all your downloaded books will be loaded to the software automatically, you can see them display under "ADE" icon. If not, just drag them to the main interface of the program. Your EPUB books are saved in the default path: .../Documents/My Digital Editions.

add kobo epub books to ultimate

Step2: Remove DRM from Kobo ACSM files.

As the step3 mentioned in case1, just drag the books to the main window of the tool. Then all your added books will be decrypted soon.

2 Convert Kobo EPUB books to Kindle

After removing Kobo DRM successfully, we will usually get EPUB files. Now we can convert these ePub books for Kindle format with only one click. Just select Mobi as output format or select a Kindle device as the target device, and then click "Convert" button to convert eBooks format.

convert kobo books to kindle

After the conversion has been finished, a window will pop up automatically. It shows all your converted Mobi files. Now, you can transfer them to your Kindle and start your new reading journey on Kindle device. You can go through this article how to send epub books to Kindle.

New solution to convert Kobo books to Kindle

Now you can use our new software Kindle Transfer to convert Kobo books to Kindle. It can help us transfer books among Kobo, Kindle and computer. When transferring Kobo books to Kindle device, it will automatically convert them to Kindle supported formats. So convenient, right? You can download it for free trial.

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It's easy to use. Just select the Kobo eBook path on your computer or Kobo reader, then choose Kindle device as target reader, click "Transfer" to wait for the job done.

convert kobo books to kindle

As the image shows, its processinig speed is very fast. We can get tranferred Kindle files within a few seconds.

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works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.

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