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How to Download Kobo Books in 2020

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Are you new to the Kobo ebooks? Do you know how to download and read kobo ebooks? In this article, you'll discover how to download kobo books to windows/mac/android/ios/kobo ereaders.

1. How to Download Kobo Books to PC (Windows/Mac)?

No matter you are using Windows or Mac, the process of downloading kobo books to computer is almost the same. Here I will show you how to download Kobo books to computer on Mac platform.

There are two different ways to download kobo books to PC. You can either use Kobo desktop application to sync and download kobo books, or download kobo books to Adobe Digital Editions.

Method 1. Kobo desktop sync and download Kobo books

1 Download and install Kobo desktop application.

2 Launch Kobo desktop application and sign in. When you login, just click on “My Books” tab to go to your kobo library which contains all your purchased Kobo books.

3 Click on the "Sync" icon at the top right corner to sync and update your book library with the latest books.

download kobo books

4 To download kobo books, just click on the “Download" icon at bottom right of the book cover. The book will be downloaded to your computer successfully. Once the book has been downloaded, the download icon will disappear.

sync kobo books

Method 2. Download Kobo ebooks via Adobe Digital Editions

1 Go to Kobo official website and then sign in with your registered information.

2 When you log in, find the user icon, click on the down arrow besides it and then select “My books” from the drop-down list. Then you will go to your Kobo library and see all your purchased books.

kobo library

3 Click on the action icon (three dots) under the book cover, then select “Download” button at the drop-down list. The book will be downloaded as .ACSM file, not epub or pdf file.

download kobo books from website

download acsm file

4 Since the acsm file is not a real book but the link to download the kobo books, you have to convert acsm to epub or pdf with the help of Adobe Digital Editions. 

Download & install Adobe Digital Editions.
Launch ADE, click "Help>> Authorize Computer".
Simply enter your Adobe ID and password, tap "Authorize" to authorize your Adobe Digital Editions. If you do not have one, just click "Create an Adobe ID" to create one.

authorize ADE MAC

Open the acsm file with Adobe Digital Editions. You will see there is a processing bar showing you the downloading status.

download kobo acsm to epub

Once the books has been downloaded successfully, it will be open automatically in ADE.

These are two ways to download kobo books to Windows and Mac.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where are my kobo books stored on my computer?

A: Books downloaded via Kobo desktop application:
Windows defualt path : C:\Users\user name\AppData\Local\Kobo\Kobo Desktop Edition\kepub
Mac default path: /Users/user name/Library/Application Support/Kobo/Kobo Desktop Edition/Kepub

Books downloaded via Adobe Digital Editions:
Windows default path: C:\Users\username\Documents\My Digital Editions
Mac default path: /Users/username/Documents/Digital Editions

Q: What’s kobo book file format?

A: Books downloaded via Kobo desktop application are with no extension, but actually they are kepub files encrypted with Kobo DRM. Books downloaded via Adobe Digital Editions are standard epub files but encrypted with Adobe Adept DRM. For removing Kobo DRM or removing Adobe Adept DRM, please read how to remove Kobo DRM.

2. How to Download Kobo Books to Android/iOS Devices?

Kobo also has developed its Android and iOS app, so you don’t have to own a Kobo eReader to read kobo books. For downloading Kobo books to Android or iOS devices, please install Kobo for android or iOS at your device at first. For the process of downloading Kobo books to Android or iOS devices is almost the same, here I will only introduce how to download kobo books to android.

1 Launch Kobo for android and sign in with kobo account information.

2 Tap the top right menu button, and select “My books” to go your kobo library.

3 Under “My Books”, you can see “collections”, “Books”, “Audiobooks” tabs. Just tap “Books”, you will see all your purchased books.

download kobo books android

4 To download the book, just press the “Download" icon, the book will be downloaded to your android device. Once finished, the download arrow will disappear.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q:Where are kobo books stored on android?

A: The default path for books downloaded to android device is: This PC\You device name\Internal storage\Android\data\com.kobobooks.android\files\4763d8f65eac433b4e82e475e9eb9016\epubs

Q: What’s kobo book file format on Android?

A: When I open the folder stored the kobo books, I found that the content of the folder is unpacked books. It contains the database of the kobo books as below picture.

kobo books on android format

3. How to Download Kobo Books to Kobo eReader?

Kobo eReader is the official device that supports kobo books. Here are two ways to download kobo books to kobo eReader.

Method 1. Download kobo books directly from Kobo eReader

1 Open Kobo eReader and sign in with your Kobo registration information.

2 At the home screen, tap menu button at the top left corner, and press “My Books” to see your Kobo library.

3 If the book is in cloud, there will be a “Download” icon next to the book title. Just tap it, the book will be downloaded to your kobo device.

download kobo books Kobo ereader

Method 2. Transfer Kobo ebooks from Adobe Digitial Edition to Kobo eReader

If your kobo books are downloaded via Adobe digital Editions, you can just transfer the kobo books to your Kobo device.  Below are detailed steps.

1 Connect the Kobo eReader to your PC. There will be a prompted window on Kobo, just tap “Connect” to finish the connection.

connect kobo to pc

2 Launch Adobe Digital Editions and you will see KOBOeReader at the left column under “Devices” tab. Right click the gear icon and select “authorize Device” to authorize this device to read the books downloaded via your Adobe Digital Editions.

authorize kobo ereader

authorize kobo ereader successfully

3 Select the books you want to transfer to kobo, right click the book cover--->Copy to Computer/Device—KOBOeReader. The book will be transferred to Kobo device.

transfer kobo books from ade to kobo reader

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where are kobo books stored on Kobo eReader?

A: Books downloaded to Kobo eReader are stored at your Kobo device here: \.kobo\kepub and in Kepub format.

Bonus Tip: How to Read Kobo Books on Kindle/Nook/Sony Readers

Is there anyway to transfer my downloaded kobo books on kindle, Nook or other eReader? Sure, you can read kobo book on kindle or any other eReaders only if you are using the right method. Please note all kobo books downloaded to your computers are with DRM protect. Before transferring kobo books, you need to remove kobo DRM at first and then convert Kobo books to the eReader compatiable formats.

The most powerful tool--Epubor Ultimate is highly recommended to remove kobo drm and convert kobo books to any other format!

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Epubor Ultimate will auto display and show Kobo books at corresponding tab.

Kobo books downloaded via Kobo desktop application: they will display under "Kobo" tab at the left column of Epubor Ultimate.
Kobo books downloaded via ADE: they will be under "ADE" tab in the left column.
Kobo books downloaded via Kobo eReader(Please plugin kobo eReader to your computer): they will be shown unders "Kobo Device name" in rhw left column.

Steps of reading kobo books on Kindle/Nook/Sony eReaders:

1. Drag and drop kobo ebooks to the right column to remove Kobo DRM.

2. Select the output format and then click on "Convert to ..." to convert kobo books to any format.

3. Click on "Output folder" icon at the bottom right corner to discover all converted kobo ebooks. Then transfer them to Kindle/NOOK/Sony eReaders via USB.

remove kobo drm from kobo desktop

You can also watch this video to remove Kobo DRM.

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