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How to read Kobo books on Kindle

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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.

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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:

1. Epubor Ultimate Converter:

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Epubor DRM Removal enables people to remove eBook DRM from Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, Google Play and other stores.

2. Adobe Digital Editions

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.

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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.

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

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10/7/2013 01:59:04
I am looking for someone to speak to. Trying to download kobo books into my tablet isnt working. I pay my money and nothing happens. Mobile 0407420660
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10/9/2013 18:49:31

Hi, sandra

Sorry for the inconvenience.

What Epubor program are you using? To read Kobo books on Kindle Fire, you have to first remove Kobo DRM, then convert KOBO books to MOBI format. Did you fail to remove KOBO drm or convert formats?

Regards.

ada.

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10/31/2013 06:32:53
Thanks Ada! I could do it! It's not that easy, but with patience and perseverance, I could manage. All the best, JP
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12/28/2013 12:35:45
Thanks for this, Ada.  Well written.  Just two questions.  1) why did you not use the Epubor Ultimate? Sounds like it would be much easier.   2)How do we then get the converted Kobo book on to the Kindle?   Thanks again, Steve
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01/23/2014 23:49:55

Hi Stever,

Glad that you know using Epubor Ultimate would be easier. It's just because at the time we wrote this article, Epubor Ultimate was not released yet.

And the converted Kobo books shall be mobi format, then you can read this post about how to transfer mobi files to Kindle: www.epubor.com/transfer-books-to-kindle-kindle-fire-hd-paperwhite-kindle-for-androidipad-app-from-pcmac.html

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03/29/2014 11:37:13
None of the methods worked to convert the books I've paid for. Any other suggestions?
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03/30/2014 18:54:10

Hi Becky,

Please read the "For Kobo books" part in this article: www.epubor.com/how-to-remove-drm-from-epub.html

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05/15/2014 21:48:57

This works perfectly! Thank you for this artilce! I shared it on twitter.

I used the Epubor Ultimate application. The only thing I would advise is to ignore the pop up that says "found books with drm do you want to load the books". This will take forever and a day to load the books. Instead use the manual drag and drop method to load the books to be converted.

Also the free trial only allows you to covnert two books. After two books you need to purchase the software (about $45-$69) depending on the version.

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06/27/2014 10:15:34
How do I get the DRM-free, converted book from my computer to my Kindle Fire?
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06/28/2014 00:32:25

Hi Don,

To transfer DRM-free books to Kindle Fire, please read this guide: www.epubor.com/transfer-books-to-kindle-kindle-fire-hd-paperwhite-kindle-for-androidipad-app-from-pcmac.html

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07/30/2014 03:00:09
i have transfered my sony reader to kobo books and my library can you please tell me how i can purchase books on my sony reader.i have tried.and all i get is sony reader is now closed
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08/10/2014 20:53:11

For this issue you'd better contact Sony Reader's customer service staff.

I guess you are no longer able to visit Sony eBook store as Sony has decided close the eBook business.

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12/26/2014 13:54:56

Have you tried going to the moon site? They changed Sony and you now have to go through mono to purchase books and it is a real pain in the rear.

That's why I bought my husband the kindle paperboard.

Good luck

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11/29/2014 21:28:24
unable to down load any file keeps taking me to another site.
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03/13/2015 19:50:30
i have 2 books in my kobo library that don't have the adobe drm epub tag. they have no tag at all and are shown as for reading on android/ios/windows tablet only. i.e. kobe sell ebooks that can't be read by a kobo reader (or kobo desktop). i'm thinking of buying a kindle so is there any way to get these 2 books into ade ? at present i only have them on my smartphone.
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03/16/2015 01:18:34

Hi,

You need to authorize ADE and then use it to sync and download the books in your Kobo library: http://www.epubor.com/how-to-read-sonykobo-ebooks-on-ade.html

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06/22/2015 12:03:58
Thanks
This IS called : solution bringing support..
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03/3/2016 14:57:10
I've moved a Kobo book over and it says it's removing the drama but it isn't doing anything.
How long does it take to remove before I can convert it to mobi?
Thanks!
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03/3/2016 19:01:35

Hi,

How can you read the Kobo files? Via Kobo desktop or Kobo eReader or ADE?

Once the DRM has been removed, usually you can see the word "decrypted" on the right side of added Kobo files. Or it will shows the success status.

Thank you!

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01/12/2017 22:26:57
Would this program work with library books? I tried to borrow books through my local library and through overdrive and then convert and transfer them to my Kindle paper white using calibre but it didn't work because of the DRM or the ACSM files. Also, does anyone have any suggestions on where to get kindle books for free without down loading illegally?
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02/15/2017 10:46:11
Nobody can help you decrypt the ebooks lend from others or library.
Epubor software just help you backup your ebook purchased by yourself.
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05/8/2017 02:51:30

Alia and others,

You can sign up with a service like Bookbub.

They are an aggregator of deals.

That is, they have a list of categories, and you pick the categories that interest you. Then Bookbub (or similar service) sends you an e-mail every day, with deals on books.  A given e-mail might have a dozen books offered, with a few from each category that you chose.  Each book offering has a picture of the book cover, and a brief description of the title.  Below that are buttons for each of the ebook versions/vendors that are offering the deal on that particular book. So, the average book in the e-mail might have buttons for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, Google Playbooks, and Kobo. Sometimes, a deal will be Amazon-only or just Kobo and Amazon (or whatever combo) but my experience is that most deals are available across most platforms, most of the time.  

If the deal interests you, you click the button for the kind that you want, and this takes you to that company's site, where they honor the Bookbub price (or not).

Sometimes a deal on a given book will last for several days. Sometimes, less than a day. They are doing it to drum up interest in their authors. Some of the books are by new authors you've never heard of. Others are by older, well-established authors - in that case, the vendor might be offering a special price to get you hooked on the first book or the first three in a series by an established author.

The prices for Bookbub deals tend to range from FREE! through $0.99, $1.99, $2.99, ... to about $5.99 on books that normally cost $10 through $25.  So, it's usually a good or excellent price for whatever book you are looking at. As I said, some deals last longer than others - the most I've seen is a week, for books by new, unknown authors who just want to break into the biz. Many deals are one-day, and some are only a few hours, because I think they had a limit on the number of free-or-cheap copies they would sell, and when that number of sales is reached, they stop honoring the deal.  Also, I'm in Canada, and usually the deals are valid in both the USA and Canada, but sometimes I see a price of a couple of bucks US, but when I click through to the Kobo or Kindle site for Canada, it's like $7.99.... so I say "screw that" and move on. A few times a book has been cheaper from Kobo Canada or Amazon.ca... go figure. .  .  maybe the author was Canadian. . .  :-)

You normally won't see screamin' deals on recent/current best-sellers. There's no incentive for the vendor or Bookbub to offer a deal on something that is already selling like hotcakes.  But I often see deals on books that were best-sellers just a few years ago.

For example, I have nearly 400 books on my Kobo devices, another 300-plus on my Kindle devices, several dozen on iBooks, and maybe a few strays from Google. I would say that nearly a quarter of those were free, and the rest were mostly paid for at deal prices. I do have a bunch of full-price books, as well, but that's because I read some freebies or some low-price ones and found them good enough that I was willing to pay full-pop for more books from that author.

So, yes, Alia, there is a low-price option for a lot of good reading, without stealing.

FWIW, my wife has a Kindle. I don't. Between us, we have two or three Kobo devices. But I do most of my reading with the Kindle app or the Kobo app on my Android phone, or on my iPad.

I find that the phones and iPad (and a couple of the backlit LCD Kobo devices) are useless outdoors, so I'm tempted by a Kindle (or Kobo...) with paperwhite e-ink display.

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06/6/2017 07:14:26
I have an older Kobo reader and a new Kindle Fire.  So, I tried your software.  I installed the Epubor Kindle Transfer.  Even though both readers are connected, it does not show either one on the main screen.  It shows only my computer as the source. I have tried to reconnect them and reboot and still no reader shows on the main screen.  So, I went to the Epubor Ultimate for a free trial of that one.  It does not show my Kindle books or my Nook books but it did find my Kobo books that I have on my computer no on my reader.  I then selected the books and ask to convert them to mobi.  Then I right clicked and ask that those files be sent to my Kindle.  I got error messages showing that the DRM was not supported on several books.  The ones that were decrypted and could be changed to mobi were supposed to be complete but I can find none of them on my Kindle.  Neither of these software products worked for me.  I am not an expert at converting files, etc.. but these seemed fairly easy as I read through the instructions.  Unfortunately nothing worked like it was supposed to.  I am in the midst of deleting both of these free trials.  I see no reason to keep something that doesn't work as it is supposed to.  
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06/6/2017 10:38:53
Kindle transfer can not detect the Kindle Fire, but can detect the Kindle E-ink device.
For Epubor Ultimate, you can just contact the Customer service via Tickets or support@epubor.com. You can screenshot to show the details. We will help you solve all the problem caused by our Epubor software.
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