This afternoon I was trying different file formats with different ebook readers. This is what I conclude and please help me if I am wrong.

For Kindle you need to get book files in .mobi format, for iPad and Kobo in .epub

In iPad:

first download books in .epub format

then import them to the iTunes library in your PC

then sync the iPad and books will be in the app called iBooks, they work like music


download books in .mobi format

connect kindle to PC

copy books in the folder called documents, if its not in documents it does not show in the kindle library

in the kindle you may also add some music by putting mp3 files in the folder called music (so you can read and listen to music at the same time)

Kindle takes a while to show the books that you put in the documents folder as processor is slow but eventually they show up

in KOBO:

download books in .epub format I could not get .mobi format to work well worked poorly PDF is bad for size and pages

connect Kobo to PC

transfer files to anywhere in the Kobo directory.

and yes thank you Calibre is fantastic I am using it now!

then you will also have to wait a while until the books show up and from what I see you have to go more slowly and add book files in small groups or the processing content wheel turns forever and nothing happens.

If you have epub files and want to have the same book in a mobi file go here.

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Román on December 3, 2011  · 

You might like to use something like

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Paco Ros on December 4, 2011  · 

You can open epubs in the iPad by using dropbox. Drag them to your dropbox folder and open them from the “send to” icon in the up right corner selecting iBooks.

In the other hand, if you are using the kindle, you can get a e-mail address from amazon and send a e-mail to your address with de mobi attached. Amazon will deliver the book to your default device. It’s a free service if you download the mobi with WiFi.

Enjoy 🙂

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Dave Burstein on December 4, 2011  · 

ePubs go nicely and quickly to Kindle via Stanza – I use it all the time on PC and find it the easiest format. I believe Handbrake works well too.

Amazon’s free service to Kindle have been cut back, so doublecheck before using. db

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Miguel on December 4, 2011  · 

Adding more info Paco Ros comment: On the kindle you can email a pdf as well (doesn’t have to be a mobi) and if you want Amazon to resize you pdf to fit the kindle format better just type convert in the subject.

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Natán on December 5, 2011  · 

I never had to wait to see the books on my Kindle. They show up the moment I disconnect it from my PC.

Also, to convert books from almost any format into .mobi or .epub you can use Calibre too.

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Carlos Sanchez on December 6, 2011  · 

On the Kindle you can send by email anything to your Kindle email address and will be sync’ed.

You can also use Calibre content server. Navigate to its address with the Kindle web browser, download any of the books in your Calibre library and will be immediately available.

In Chrome, Firefox, Android,… there are apps and extensions, like Kindle It that will format nicely any web page for reading and send it to the Kindle over email, really nice for articles and news.

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