How do I get .mobi files into the Kindle App?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by Piggie, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    I have the kindle app?

    I also have a few free old eBooks in .mobi format.

    I can't seem to work out how I get these .mobi files onto the iPad for viewing with the Kindle app.
  2. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    You can't. You need to convert them to ePub and use the iBooks app. Kindle app is for Amazon book purchases only. No way to get them on there. Trust me, I've tried. So now I use iBooks for my ePubs and the Kindle app for books I've bought through Amazon.
  3. thread starter macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    OMG.......... Unbelievable :(

    Thanks for letting me know before I wasted more time trying to find out.

    I'd growing to massively hate the way Apple, Kindle etc etc are doing things these days.

    Things that should take seconds to do are being deliberately difficult.

    I know from the past, things were difficult as you were pushing the boundaries of technology, but you normally got there in the end.

    But now they have the ability to make them simple and they and choosing to make things hard for users.

    Looks like I'm going to have to see if I can convert them.
  4. macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2008
    #4 - free online converter for that
  5. thread starter macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
  6. macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Avalon Hill
    Calibre converts the file and will email it to your Kindle or you can hook it up to your computer...Excellent free software..also check out great advice there as well....
  7. scottlasak, Dec 29, 2010
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2010
  8. macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2011

    Calibre's interesting, but why bother - especially if you have Dropbox on your iPad.

    Put the .mobi file in your Dropbox then open it via the Dropbox app on your iPad. Dropbox doesn't natively view .mobi files, but you can launch the Kindle app.

    You'll need to use the upper right hand arrow icon which'll ask you what app you want to use to open the .mobi file, at which point you'll be presented with a little menu and the Kindle app's icon.

  9. macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Well this is how I do it, it works and it's easy. Hook your iPad to the PC or mac so iTunes opens, open up your iPad in iTunes, go to apps, scroll down then find kindle, click on it and you'll have a box to the right, drag the mobi files into there and they will be put into the kindle app.

    I use calibre to convert to mobi and edit the front page image etc.

    Easy peasy :)

  10. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2002
    That is what I have also done - so many years of ebooks reading from plain text on HP200LX through practically every brand PDA since ... no way I wanted to lose all of that!
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    I did this just by going into iTunes, selecting my iPad, going to Apps, choosing Kindle, and adding the files there. No conversion, no using anything else. Just synced and they uploaded right where they were supposed to be. No outside apps, nothing. Easy.
  12. macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2011
    Yea im confused why everyone says its not possible
  13. macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Agreed. It's about the easiest thing you can do.

    One note, it may not be apparent where this feature is, but it is in the Apps tab of your ipad when it is hooked up to itunes. Scroll down to the bottom of the window and the file sharing window will be there.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2011
    It's not too hard to move a .mobi file to your iPad but you need Dropbox. Put the .mobi file in your dropbox folder. Open Dropbox on your iPad and tap the .mobi file. Dropbox will then let you export the file from Dropbox to Kindle.
  15. macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2002
    Or just email it to yourself and open the attachment in the Kindle app.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2012
    well, i see if you want to transfer ebook or any other files to iPad 2, just use third party iPad 2 file Transfer software. it supports various files and easily transfer the data from your iPad 2 to PC and vice-versa
  17. macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2011
    Email it to yourself and say open in kindle. That's it. People telling there is no way are just wrong.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Emailed and opened it. Then deleted the email and its still in Kindle App. Easy as!
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2004
    As several others have pointed out, you do NOT need anything other than iTunes.

    Hook up your iPhone, download the Kindle app from the App store, add it to the iPhone with a sync, then select the iPhone in iTunes to manage it. Select the Apps tab in iTunes for the iPhone. Scroll to the bottom half of the window (below the Sync Apps section) to the File Sharing section. Click once on the Kindle app in that list and there will be a Kindle Documents window on the right where one can drag/drop .mobi files directly into your library.

    No need to hack the phone, manually go into hidden folders on the Mac or any other madness. Explore iTunes -- your options and solution are readily there.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2012
    Well this particular is exactly how I do so, it functions plus it's effortless. Hook your individual iPad in order to the Computer or simply mac thus iTunes opens, open up a iPad inside iTunes, go in order to apps, scroll down afterward select kindle, mouse click on it and in addition you'll include a container to the appropriate, drag the particular mobi data back into indeed there plus they is put into the kindle app.

    I make use of calibre to be able to convert to mobi and additionally edit the actual front page image etc.

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  21. macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2008
    Another easy way to get .mobi files into iPad/iPhone

    Another easy way to get .mobi files into your iPad/iPhone is just email yourself with the file attached. Open the mail on your iPad/iPhone and open the attachment.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2012
    Honestly the easiest way I've found is just to email the .mobi files to myself and open my email on my ipad/phone and a prompt will come up to open the file using the kindle app.

    Simple, but it works perfectly.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    This is all you have to do. People shouldn't emphatically say something can't be done if they don't know for sure; I've pulled files off of my physical Kindle by connecting it to my computer and then dragging/dropping the books I had there onto my iPad in iTunes.

    No need for conversion, it works fine.
  24. nervouk, Nov 1, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012

    macrumors member


    Jul 13, 2002
    It's been getting easier. These days you can use Amazon's own Send to Kindle desktop app (released April 2012) to upload .mobi files over wifi, with the option to add/edit metadata before sending.

    Even though it doesn't list .mobi as an officially supported format, I haven't had any trouble uploading or opening them.
  25. macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2012
    South Wales
    Hopefully the OP didnt just stop reading this thread at this:

    ...and read this:

    This has NEVER been an issue. It has always been really simple. I use calibre for my book library (for converting and formatting - Im OCD like that) and then just drag the contents onto the iPad via iTunes.

    Enjoy your pain free, easy reading on iPad.

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