Importing Amazon Kindle Books to iBooks

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by iCastleberry, Mar 30, 2010.

  1. iCastleberry macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2009
    If a book isn't available in Apple's Bookstore, will we be able to buy it on Amazon and import it through iTunes into iBooks on the iPad? I know this is possible with DRM free ePub's like Project Gutenberg, but I didn't know if Amazon had a DRM protection that would not allow this or if Amazon's eBooks were even the same format. I would like to avoid downloading the Kindle App to my iPad (pending its approval from Apple) if I can.

    I searched the forums and several other websites, but I wasn't able to find a definitive answer.

    Thanks. :apple:.
  2. danlovaj macrumors regular

    May 9, 2009
    I believe Amazon is DRM protected. Most ebook sites are, with the exception of course, the free ones that the license has long expired (think classic novels).

    If you buy through Amazon, then why not just use the Kindle app? That would make more sense to me. I highly doubt Amazon will let their ebooks show up on Apple's iBooks app. Something about a conflict of interest...

    I have read a post somewhere here about how to strip DRM from the files, but that kinda stuff is too much work for a newbie like me. More than likely it will be on iBooks, and I bet with some time, publishers like Random House will come to their senses and see how much money they are missing out on not porting to iPad. You think Verizon is kicking their butts that they initially laughed off the iPhone when it first came out???
  3. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    No, outside of the Kindle app you will not be able to use the books otherwise. Apple is EPUB and Amazon is MOBI. Both are encrypted so even if they were the same base format a file from the other would be useless to you.

    Like you, I don't want an app for the Kindle. I want all the books in one place. Plus, I have a lot of Kindle formatted books I didn't purchase through Amazon that won't cross over to the Kindle App. Amazon only lets Amazon-purchased books transfer.

    I have a Kindle and I've removed the DRM from all of my purchased books and I've converted them to EPUB. So, they're waiting to go on the iPad. I have also removed the DRM from the encrypted EPUB library books (Overdrive system) that I currently have so I can finish up with them on the iPad.
  4. citi macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    what software are you using? If you don't want to say it on the thread, PM me please. :)
  5. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
  6. iCastleberry thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2009
    Like avaloncourt, I want all my books in one place. I agree with you, I think that in six months most books will be on the iPad.

    I was afraid of that...

    I would also like to know...

    Thanks for all of your help guys!
  7. bostonte macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    iCastleberry has chosen not to receive private messages or may not be allowed to receive private messages. Therefore you may not send your message to him/her.
  8. Macaddict16 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2002
    I would also like to know how to consolidate libraries! Thanks for you help!
  9. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
  10. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    I've responded to everyone who sent PMs.

    For anyone else needing information do a Google search on: download

    Go to the first link. I use this method. They state that there's an easier method at the very top next to "Update" and there is a link.

    To convert to EPUB your Kindle AZW file (it's really a MOBI file) can be converted with the free Calibre software.
  11. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    Just for informational purposes, I took a converted book and put it in the new iTunes 9.1 and it shows up just fine. The book appears with cover art.

    There was also comments in the news thread on 9.1 that it blocks jailbroken devices and didn't even acknowledge that they are there. I used Blackra1n for the jailbreak and 9.1 sees the phone and it currently says that it's in the backing up portion of the sync.
  12. adisquare macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2010
    So, is it the "Reverse Everything" website or the ""?

    And just to make it clear, correct me if i'm wrong, are there generally 2 steps to do this?
    1. to de-DRM the file, and
    2. convert MOBI to ePub?

    I'm kinda new to the eBooks stuff, but I recently got my iPad and I want to get a book that is not available in the iBookstore but it is available in the Amazon Kindle store, for a very cheap price too. But I'd like for it to be read from iBooks app. Can you show me (or refer me to a specific website) that has a step-by-step instruction?

  13. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    Nyquil. That is the method I use but there's a link right at the beginning of that page with a newer method.

    Correct. When you de-DRM you get a MOBI file. That can be converted to ePub.

    You might want to check out I wasn't aware of it until just recently. It's owned by Borders and seems to have a very large selection and more or less the same pricing structure as Amazon. That site will give you an encrypted ePub book. Decrypt that with available tools and it's immediately ready for use with the iPad. Search for ineptkey_v43.pyw and you'll find information about prepping these ePub files. I like doing it this way now because you get a perfectly formatted book ready for the iPad. I also use this method with my library online book downloads. It works great.
  14. Checkpoint macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    Okay, well, I searched everything you mentioned and I was wondering if you could make your directions a bit more clear. I am trying to get kindle books into iBooks and when I click on unswindle.pyw, it'll open KindleForPC and then I get a message saying "This book could not be opened." Please help. :x

    Sorry for being so noobish. :x
  15. rodman109110 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    Make sure you are using the right version of the kindle for pc software.
  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Amazon recently updated kindle for pc so that unswindle no longer works. You need to find the earlier version of kindle and reinstall it.
  17. avaloncourt macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2007
    Who are you addressing? I never mentioned unswindle and you're the only one in this thread who has. There were no directions in this thread mentioning it at all. The 'newer' link in the place I mentioned talks about it but I said up front I don't use that method and don't know anything about it but there's a link right at the top of that page that goes to a download of the older version of Kindle for PC. Everything on that page should work.
  18. DataThief macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Somewere in Washington State
    When I converted my Kindle books awhile ago I found out that only about 1/4 of the Kindle books were actually DRM'd. So try using Calibre first to convert.
  19. Zion21 macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2009
  20. altoidboy macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2003
    Sorry to resurrect a dead thread here. I want to go the opposite way: on my iPhone, I really like Kindle's viewability and I despise iBook's viewability (ridiculously large margins, less text per page, etc.)

    Does anyone know of a way to transfer iBook books over to the Kindle app?

    I think all my iBook apps are public domain. None were purchased through iTunes. But I don't fully understand how the Kindle app's files work, what it's compatible with, or how to import files into there.
  21. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    If your books are in the public domain, they are most likely avaiable from Amazon in Kindle format, also for free. So I'd just get them again from Amazon. No need to convert and hack the app to accept those files. The only way I know of to get non-Amazon purchased books into the Kindle app requires that your iPad be jailbroken. If you still want to explore that path, Kindle books are in a format called "Mobi," and if you look around there are ways to convert ebooks into that format. You would then have to copy the converted files into the appropriate directory on a jailbroken iPad. I tried this once way before iPad/iBooks came out, on an iPod touch, and I can't remember how stable it was. My recollection is that I realized that Whispersync doesn't work with the hacked books, and that's when I abandoned that idea.
  22. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    This is the fustercluck that I was worried about when Apple announced it was going to sell books, not just the iPad. Before, I thought it would be awesome for Apple to have this neat device and to buy my books through Amazon. Well, it's about 10 times worse now. You've got about eight players out there with Google now throwing its huge unwelcome (in my opinion) rear end in the field. All these digital books to be bought and about zero interoperability.

    Seriously, what if you like the books for Nook and then B&N decides to tank that service? You've got a crapload of books that may be useless in the near future if your Nook dies or if something keeps a Nook app from working on future devices. I started ripping my CDs in the late 1990s when it was the cool thing, and I probably have a lot of the same exact files from then. Imagine if digital music started with a market as fragmented as ebooks. I think I bought a couple of albums from MusicMatch back in the day. They still work. Amazon's MP3s work in iTunes. Apple's non-DRM files work in other software that isn't ancient and laughs at .m4a.

    Alas, I started buying books for Kindle when the app was released for iPhone. I have no interest in buying books from Apple unless reader apps can merge.
  23. GrizzyHackle macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2010
    Importing Amazon Kindle Books to iBooks

    Can you send me a PM with the software you use as well? Been trying to figure it out for weeks with no success.
  24. Jkarman8 macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2007
    No luck

    So, I have been following these instructions exactly and have yet had any success. I have the Kindle for Mac with the .azm files from Amazon and I have the extraction of the book from my iPad's backup file. I think I have the correct PID number that I got from yet I am still having a very difficult time working with these python scripts. I have the most recent script 0.16 of the deDRM, yet when I input the path into the shell using the cd command I receive an error, not allowing me to post the original file, desired output, or the PID.

    I'm hoping that someone can help me out here as I have been searching Google for the past 3 hours to no avail.
  25. Cordybiddl macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2011
    Importing iBooks to Kindle

    Can you tell me what program you are using to convert these?

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