Friday, February 10, 2012

How to read a Kindle book on a different reader in 10 easy steps


Free Reader Apps

You don’t need to own a Kindle to read Kindle books. You can now get free Kindle reader apps for iPhone, Windows PC, Mac, Blackberry, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone 7. There’s also a Kindle Cloud Reader that allows you to read books from within your web browser (limited browsers supported).


Nook, Bookeen, Kobo, PocketBook, Sony Reader, and more…

A number of people have asked how they can read my book on different reading devices. Fortunately, you can use a free program called Calibre to convert the Kindle book to a format compatible with your reader. So if you have a Nook, Bookeen, Kobo, PocketBook, Sony Reader, or one of many other reading devices, you can follow a few simple steps and be reading in no time at all. 

You can follow this quick step-by-step guide on how to convert Kindle books to your reading device…

  1. Download and install the free Kindle for PC reading app (enter your Amazon account details to register your PC as a Kindle reader with your Amazon account)
  2. Click on the Shop in Kindle Store button at the top of the PC reading app to open the Kindle store in your web browser, or click one of the following links to go to the Coding Isis page in the Amazon store for your country:

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  3. Buy the book and select your PC kindle reader in the Deliver to drop down box
  4. Download and install the free Calibre ebook library manager
  5. In Calibre, click the Add books button in the toolbar. Select the Coding Isis ebook file (for me this was stored in C:\Users\Dave\My Documents\My Kindle Content\ although, for you the location may be different) the file is called B00746OGV2_EBOK.azw which is the ASIN number of the book with _EBOK appended and an azw file type
  6. In Calibre, click the Convert books button in the tool bar. The Input format will default to AZW, select your required Output format (most modern readers support EPUB as a format but there are lots to choose from)
  7. Wait for the book to convert (for me this took 18 seconds)
  8. Transfer the new file to your reading device
  9. Read and enjoy Coding Isis
  10. Go back to Amazon store and leave a review

I believe this conversion method will work on many Kindle books and not just mine ;-)


Paperback coming soon…

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  1. Hi Dave. Good instructions, worked like a dream. Now it's reading time.

  2. Unfortunately, the book doesn't seem to be available to residents in Asia. My biggest pet peeve with Amazon. Sigh!
    - Elizabeth Tai @

  3. Hi Dave, I met you today (27 May) at the writer's workshop. Thanks for pointing me to this instruction. I've just gone through this, bought your book and... it all worked. It's on my Kobo and I'm looking forward to reading it.

  4. Hi Jill. I'm pleased you got it sorted. I've posted the other resources on this blog now. Cheers, Dave.

  5. Great, other instructions I found were so complicated, actually I already did everything, my only problem was that I couldnt find the kindle book on my PC. I found it just like you said in: my documents under :my kindle content. :)))) thanks!