Transfer Kobo Books to Kindle

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transfer kobo books to kindle

You may have already bought a ton of eBooks from Kobo store, and always were reading them with your iPad or Android, but now you get yourself a new eReader, Kindle Voyage. So you may want to back up those books and load them to your Kindle for continuing to read, right?

But it is not as easy as it should be transferring Kobo books to Kindle. As what this customer says:

How do I transfer epub books from my kobo to kindle book format? I dragged them over USB to documents in the kindle, but it appears that kindle won't recognize them!

In fact the problem is that Kobo books are not Kindle compatible because of the DRM limitation and formats differences.

  • DRM: kobo books we purchased from rakuten store are protected with Adobe Adept drm.
  • Format: kobo books are always with common epub or pdf or kepub formats, while Kindle devices only support their own kindle formats, such as Mobi, AZW3, AZW, PRC, etc.

Since now we have figured out the main reasons, then transferring Kobo to Kindle is not as difficult as we think. It is possible if we can make them compatible. Follow the steps below please.

Transfer Kobo books to Kindle made easy

trransfer kobo books to kindle

Here I want to share a useful tool Kindle Transfer with you. As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the easiest way to transfer Kobo books to Kindle.

Even though your Kobo books synced via Kobo desktop or Kobo eReader are DRMed, during transmission, this tool will automatically remove DRM from Kobo files and convert them to Kindle supported formats. So amazing, right? Just download it and have a free trial!

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For Kobo eReader users:

Based on its clean and friendly interface, it's very easy to use. Just connect both Kobo and Kindle to computer. In the left hand panel, you are choosing the eBook source, so we click on the Kobo.

Then tick the books you want to transfer to Kindle, and choose "Target" as Kindle, at last click "Trasnfer" button. The software will transfer all the ticked books to Kindle and make them readable on Kindle.

For Kobo reading app users:

You just need to install Kobo desktop reading app, sync the books to computer, and point the "Computer" folder to Kobo desktop reading app's content folder. By clicking the pencil icon you can edit the folder path settings.

The Kobo desktop reading app's content folder is:

For Windows:?C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Local\Kobo\Kobo Desktop Edition\kepub

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

Compared to the steps for Kobo eReader users, you just need to click on "Computer" in the left hand panel to choose computer as eBooks source, the jobs left are exactly the same.

Transfer Kobo books to Kindle in summary

As I've received too many "TL;NR" (too long, not read), so I list the steps in summary in the end of this article.

If you have any problem in transferring Kobo books to Kindle, feel free to let me know by leaving a comment.

Kindle Transfer free download:

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

03/16/2016 17:20:59
Hi Ada,
My Kobo broke while on holiday and I was given a Kindle as a birthday gift to replace it.
Is there any way I can get my Kobo books onto my Kindle as I cannot connect the broken Kobo?
03/16/2016 18:38:04

Hi Pat,
It won't be a problem, and there are two ways to transfer Kobo books to Kindle without Kobo eReader.

One is download books from Kobo website, and in this case, you also need dowoload Adobe Digital editions to receive the book,the next step is easy, strip the DRM and convert Kobo books to Kindle foramt with Epubor Ultimate.

Another method is download Kobo Desktop reading app and sync books to your computer, and then do the same thing as method 1.

You can read this guide for more details, http://www.epubor.com/how-to-read-kobo-books-on-kindle.html

04/28/2016 19:35:19

Hi, I'm confused. I'm wanting to transfer my purchased kobo books to a new kindle paper white, so bought the KindleTransfer software, but when I try and transfer a book all I get is a spinning circle on "status". I thought the kindle transfer software was supposed to handle DRM Kobo books - thats what this post says.

In the reply to Pat though, you are now saying to use a completely different piece of software, epubor ultimate, AND install adobe digital editions, and go through a process to strip DRM.

Does kindle transfer actually work? Did I buy the wrong thing?

05/1/2016 10:02:06
I have the same issue.
11/9/2016 20:01:33
Same for me.
I also note that the 1-star review I put on this site for this software hasn't been displayed, it appears that the 5-star reviews will get published but the 1-star probably won't.
01/9/2018 09:00:28
Did you ever get it to work? We are having the same problem. Either only half the book transfers or we get the spinning wheel of doom. Thanks.
05/15/2016 15:12:08
The above suggestions only work for Windows or Mac. I use Ubuntu. Any suggestions?
09/2/2016 12:05:59
Hi Ada,
My Kobo died recently so I decided to switch to Kindle. But after I downloaded your software onto my Mac Book Air it refused to run it. The computer said it would not use something that does not come direclty from Apple. How do I fix this problem? Thank you
09/10/2016 13:18:52
No matter what I try, I can't get "Target" to change to Kindle. It says "Computer" and I can't change it. Can you help?
11/1/2016 04:03:15
This worked so easy, i was actually quite shocked when I had my Kobo books on my kindle
11/9/2016 19:56:53
Didn't work for me, page wouldn't open correctly, links wouldn't work, couldn't find Kobo.
12/25/2016 23:34:10
Could you kindly tell us which kobo model do you have?
11/9/2016 19:56:59
Didn't work for me, page wouldn't open correctly, links wouldn't work, couldn't find Kobo.
12/24/2016 12:58:14
I cannot get this app to recognize my Amazon Kindle Fire HDX to be recognized, even though it shows up clearly in File Explorer. I am trying to copy my Kobo reader books on my Windows 10 pc to my Fire
12/25/2016 23:32:10
It will not work for tablet, please try to use kindle eReader, such as kindle paperwhite.
03/14/2017 23:08:08

Hi, will these instructions work for transferring to a kindle app on the ipad?  I don't have a dedicated kindle ereader or kobo, I have set up kobo desk app and would like to transfer so that I can read on my ipad kindle app.

thank you

03/28/2017 20:07:14
I cannot link to Kobo windows app. I doesn't work if you have windows 10 and kobo app.
04/19/2017 16:15:49
No matter what I try, I can't get "Target" to change to Kindle. It says "Computer" and I can't change it. Can you help?
06/15/2017 03:40:56
Really worked perfectly thanks a lot guys!
06/15/2017 11:47:59
It's our great pleasure to share the tricks and tips about eBooks.
07/14/2017 09:47:51
I had trouble getting the app to recognise my devices at first, but after some fiddling around I discovered why. It seems like the app isn't able to identify the devices (even though they were showing up in the Device/Drive of my PC) when they were plugged into a USB 3.0 port. Changed them to USB 2.0 and the app suddenly found them and I was able to make the transfer without any problems from then on. Hope this helps some people.
07/20/2017 14:43:26
i can see that the app doesnt recognize the new kindle 8th gen..but older versions are recognized..work on it
08/7/2017 00:46:42
Worked at the first try and perfectly fine. Saved me lots of time and effort. Thx a lot
08/23/2017 23:07:52
Worked perfectly, thanks a lot! :)
12/15/2017 19:42:26
hi, i can seem to see anything to be connected to slot 1 / slot 2 even though i have connected the kindle through usb. i'm doing kobo desktop to kindle transfer. can you help? thanks
12/26/2017 11:09:05
Once the transfer done can the books be loaded onto the kindle e reader??
01/2/2018 16:52:49
Sure, it will be there!
01/21/2018 00:18:35
I am trying to transfer a Kobo book to Kindle.  I downloaded the Kobo desktop app and the Epubor Kindle Transfer then I downloaded my book in the Kobo desktop app.  I see the Kobo book in the Epubor Kindle Transfer app - it's pointed to the right library folder under Computer, but the transfer button is greyed out and won't let me click on transfer.  What do I need to do?
01/24/2018 15:09:50
Please ensure you have plug in the kindle to your computer and detected by the Kindle transfer. If yes, please choose choose the Kindle as target, the Transfer button will be active. Please try again. If you are still failed, please report this problem to Epubor Customer service: support@epubor.com, they will help you fix this issue.
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