Kat Irwin

Download FAQ

General Questions

Unzipping Files

Loading Ebooks to Your Device:

 

General Questions

What device should I use to download my ebook?

If possible, use the same device you plan to use to read your ebook. If you will be using an ereader without web-browsing capabilities to read your ebook, download the file to your computer instead, then follow the instructions below to unzip and load the files onto your device.

What is included in each download?

Each ebook download contains a zip file of the same book in three formats: EPUB, MOBI, and PDF. (This is to cover the bases of all the various devices out there.)

Which file type should I use?

Here is a basic overview of each format:

  • PDF: Works on PC, Mac, and many ereaders and devices
  • MOBI: Kindle format, works on Kindle or any device using the Kindle App
  • EPUB: Most common ebook format, works on pretty much everything (Nook, Kobo, iPad, etc.) except Kindle

Each file name has the file type right in the prefix, just in case you’re not familiar with what the different file-type icons look like.

What app do I need to launch my ebook?

An ereader like a Kindle, Kobo, or Nook should not require any app to launch your ebook once the correct file has been unzipped and loaded to your device, since the ebook should be in the device’s native format. (MOBI for Kindle, and EPUB for most other ereader types.)

If you are using a computer, iPad, phone, or tablet, here are some free apps that work with each file type:

 

Unzipping Files

How do I unzip my download on a Mac?

Double-click the file to unzip it.

How do I unzip my download on a PC?

Right-click the zipped file, select ‘Extract All’ and follow the instructions. (If you are using Windows 2000 or earlier, you will likely need a program like WinZip or WinRAR.)

 

Loading Ebooks to Your Device

If you downloaded and unzipped your ebook files using the same device you will be using for reading, you can select the correct format and start reading, assuming you have the matching app installed. If you will be reading on a device that doesn’t have web browsing capabilities, you will need to transfer the ebook files manually.

 

Loading onto Kindle

USB Connection:
Plug your Kindle into the USB slot (small rectangular slot) of your computer using the cable that came with your Kindle. (The Kindle Fire doesn’t come standard with the USB cable, so you’ll need to obtain the cable separately, or use the email option described below). When you attach your Kindle to your computer via the USB cable, it makes your Kindle appear as a hard drive on your computer. After you download and unzip your ebook files to your computer, you will see a file with a MOBI prefix. Navigate to where you see the Kindle show up as a hard drive on your computer and drag and drop the MOBI file to the Kindle’s ‘Documents’ folder. Eject and disconnect the Kindle from your computer, and the book will be ready to read.
Email the Ebook to Your Kindle Email Address:
For both first generation Kindles and the newest Kindle Fire, you can email the MOBI version of your ebook to your Kindle email address once you have downloaded and unzipped the files.  Check out Amazon’s support page for complete details.

 

Loading onto Kobo

Plug your Kobo into the USB slot (small rectangular slot) of your computer using the cable that came with your Kobo. (Some versions of the device don’t come with one, so you’ll need to obtain the cable separately.) When you attach your Kobo to your computer via the USB cable, it makes your Kobo appear as a hard drive on your computer. After you download and unzip your ebook files to your computer, you will see a file with an EPUB prefix. Navigate to where you see the Kobo show up as a hard drive on your computer and drag and drop the EPUB file to the Kobo. Eject and disconnect the Kobo from your computer, and the book will be ready to read.

 

Loading onto Nook

Plug your Nook into the USB slot (small rectangular slot) of your computer using the cable that came with your Nook. (Some versions of the device don’t come with one, so you’ll need to obtain the cable separately.) When you attach your Nook to your computer via the USB cable, it makes your Nook appear as a hard drive on your computer. After you download and unzip your ebook files to your computer, you will see a file with an EPUB prefix. Navigate to where you see the Nook show up as a hard drive on your computer and drag and drop the EPUB file to the Nook’s ‘My Documents’ folder. Eject and disconnect the Nook from your computer, and the book will be ready to read.

 

Loading onto Sony Reader

Plug your Sony Reader into the USB slot (small rectangular slot) of your computer using the cable that came with your Reader. (Some versions of the device don’t come with one, so you’ll need to obtain the cable separately.) When you attach your Reader to your computer via the USB cable, it makes your Reader appear as a hard drive on your computer. After you download and unzip your ebook files to your computer, you will see a file with an EPUB prefix. Navigate to where you see the Reader show up as a hard drive on your computer, open the ‘Database’ directory and drag and drop the EPUB file to the ‘Books’ folder. Eject and disconnect the Reader from your computer, and the book will be ready to read.

 

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