View Full Version : How do I transfer ebooks from my pc to my android?


margaretanne
10-29-2010, 07:33 PM
I have just acquired an HTC Desire and want to put some books from my pc onto it. How do I do this? Thanks
Margaret

Dopedangel
10-29-2010, 10:46 PM
I have just acquired an HTC Desire and want to put some books from my pc onto it. How do I do this? Thanks
Margaret

Depends on the reader software you want to use and the formats you have.
For aldiko you need to put epub format books in ebooks\import for fbreaderj you can put them anywhere and just set that folder it will scan and add all the books in the folder.
Do you use calibre if not I would recommend using that for transferring ebook to your phone

margaretanne
10-29-2010, 11:49 PM
Can someone spell it out for me in simple steps? I have Calibre, and Aldiko, but can't seem to make the transfer between the two.

SlowRain
10-30-2010, 12:28 AM
Try Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/). Dropbox is a godsend for synchronizing/sharing files between home PC, laptop, work PC, friend's PC, smartphone, etc. They give you 2GB of storage for free. However, I have one favor to ask of you. If you use my referral link (below) when signing up, we both get an extra 250MB free.

Anyone else out there interested in signing up, I'd really, really appreciate it if you'd use this link for registering: http://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTEwOTk3NTQzOQ

Thanks.

Dave_S
10-30-2010, 03:33 AM
Can someone spell it out for me in simple steps? I have Calibre, and Aldiko, but can't seem to make the transfer between the two.

I do not manage a library with Calibre, so I can not explain the specifics of Calibre. I use several different ways to move books between my Windows XP PC and my Desire, but probably the simplest to explain is a normal USB transfer.
1. Plug your Desire into your PC via the USB cable.
2. When the "Connect to PC" menu pops up on your Desire, select "Disk Drive".
3. "My Computer" should show a new disk drive connected to your PC.
4. If you have previously started Aldiko on your Desire, you should find a directory path \eBooks\import on your Desire visible via the USB connection to your PC.
5. Drag and drop your EPUB books (no DRM) into the \eBooks\import folder.
6. On your Desire, start Aldiko and then press the Desire Menu key. In the Menu select Import and follow the instruction prompts. Aldiko will place your new EPUB books on it's Bookshelf. It is a bit slow in doing that because it extracts thumbnails and meta information from each book that it imports.
7. You are done. Select a book and start reading.

Prosto_IA
11-03-2010, 10:40 AM
I use Calibre to transfer books to my G1, where I read them through Aldiko: firstly, connect your phone via USB to the PC, and enable USB storage on your phone. If Calibre isn't already running, start it. Calibre should detect the attached phone. You can then simply select the desired books in your Calibre library, and choose the "Send To Device" function. Calibre is clever enough to find the \eBooks\import folder on your sd card, and send the books directly to it. You'll then need to tell Aldiko to import the books, as Dave_S describes above from point 6. As he says, it can take quite a bit of time.

wayrad
11-03-2010, 01:07 PM
I use Calibre to transfer books to my G1, where I read them through Aldiko: firstly, connect your phone via USB to the PC, and enable USB storage on your phone. If Calibre isn't already running, start it. Calibre should detect the attached phone. You can then simply select the desired books in your Calibre library, and choose the "Send To Device" function. Calibre is clever enough to find the \eBooks\import folder on your sd card, and send the books directly to it. You'll then need to tell Aldiko to import the books, as Dave_S describes above from point 6. As he says, it can take quite a bit of time.You can get "send to device" to work with your phone? How did you manage that? I always thought that "save to disk" was the only way with Android phones.

Prosto_IA
11-04-2010, 03:05 AM
You can get "send to device" to work with your phone? How did you manage that?

I hit the button :) I've just now tried again, and it still works, too. Bear in mind you do then need to start Aldiko and use the import function as normal.

FWIW, I'm running Calibre version 0.7.20 (time to upgrade, probably) under Arch Linux, and CyanogenMod 6.0 on my phone.

wayrad
11-04-2010, 08:28 AM
I hit the button :) I've just now tried again, and it still works, too. Bear in mind you do then need to start Aldiko and use the import function as normal.

FWIW, I'm running Calibre version 0.7.20 (time to upgrade, probably) under Arch Linux, and CyanogenMod 6.0 on my phone.Oh. :smack: I last tried it several versions ago and it didn't work with any device I had then; the conventional response to queries about it here was to just use the save to disk function, so I've been doing it ever since.

I'm currently running 0.7.22 and it seems to have "Connect/Share" instead of the old "send to device", but when I tried it, I was indeed able to navigate to my phone's SD card. It behaved exactly like "send to disk" (which is still there), in fact, except it showed a notation next to the book that makes me think Calibre is keeping track of where it went.

SlowRain
11-18-2010, 09:08 AM
Just rereading this thread, I never realized Calibre was anything more than a format converter. I think I need to pop into the Calibre forum more often.

SlowRain
11-22-2010, 01:07 AM
Alternatively, you can also use SugarSync. It's similar to Dropbox, but you get 5GB free, with 500MB for people who sign up using this link: https://www.sugarsync.com/referral?rf=eg3qan4yhp4ry. Remember to install the system manager as that's the key to the bonus.

You may even want to use both Dropbox and SugarSync--one for e-books and one for video or music.

SlowRain
12-11-2010, 01:39 AM
And there's another one I've come across called ZumoDrive. It gives you 2GB for free and 250MB for referrals. Here's the link: http://zumo.cc/dr/dir/Z6zYjRkNT.

kennyc
12-11-2010, 06:41 PM
Can someone spell it out for me in simple steps? I have Calibre, and Aldiko, but can't seem to make the transfer between the two.

Seems this thread went south. Did you get your question answered or figure it out?

kennyc
12-11-2010, 06:41 PM
And there's another one I've come across called ZumoDrive. It gives you 2GB for free and 250MB for referrals. Here's the link: http://zumo.cc/dr/dir/Z6zYjRkNT.

This is NOT ADDRESSING the issue at hand.

Logseman
12-11-2010, 07:58 PM
Calibre supports Android devices; however, its support is probably rudimentary. Your best bet is transferring the files like in any USB stick, and using apps like Aldiko, FBReaderJ or CoolReader to read them. In spite of the slight inadequacy of SlowRain's posts, his point is valid: cloud storage solutions like DropBox or SpiderOak have the advantage that you can keep your folder structure exactly as you want to: that is, you can take your Calibre Library and copy it into your Dropbox desktop folder provided that it takes less than 2 gigabytes or that you pay the Dropbox fees; nevertheless, the Dropbox Android app won't download the whole library on your phone, but it'll download the files in an on-request basis.

wheatfree
12-11-2010, 10:03 PM
Actually, FBReader, Moon+ Reader, Laputa, and Aldiko all support ODPS, so you can start the content server in calibre and download the files directly into the individual reader apps through their network settings on your android device. I've done this with all 4 of those apps, so I know it can be done. Once you get it set up, it's easy to use, but the setup can be a bear until you know what you're doing.

SlowRain
12-12-2010, 02:28 AM
It may seem like I'm not answering the specifics of the original poster's second request. What I'm doing is giving something so much broader, more akin to the first request.

The specific request was e-books from Calibre on a PC to Aldiko on a smartphone. What I gave was the potential for any file on a PC to be moved to any kind of device anywhere in the world--and it's not software-specific to just Calibre and Aldiko, nor Android for that matter. This is such a universal tool that it's valuable for people to at least consider it alongside a specific application. It's quite possible--even more than likely--that people have never even heard of such a service.

It's opportunistic on my part, but anyone using those links gets 10x the benefit I do. I'm also the kind of person that enjoys telling people about products and services that I find extremely useful--not to mention recommending good books that I've read. I've even been known to make a book recommendation that wasn't always within the parameters of the original request, but which may be a good fit for the one asking for suggestions.

kennyc
12-12-2010, 06:17 AM
It may seem like I'm not answering the specifics of the original poster's second request. What I'm doing is giving something so much broader, more akin to the first request.

The specific request was e-books from Calibre on a PC to Aldiko on a smartphone. What I gave was the potential for any file on a PC to be moved to any kind of device anywhere in the world--and it's not software-specific to just Calibre and Aldiko, nor Android for that matter. This is such a universal tool that it's valuable for people to at least consider it alongside a specific application. It's quite possible--even more than likely--that people have never even heard of such a service.

It's opportunistic on my part, but anyone using those links gets 10x the benefit I do. I'm also the kind of person that enjoys telling people about products and services that I find extremely useful--not to mention recommending good books that I've read. I've even been known to make a book recommendation that wasn't always within the parameters of the original request, but which may be a good fit for the one asking for suggestions.

No, it's pretty much irrelevant. You don't need something like dropbox to transfer files. These postings you made here are as you say "opportunistic."

Almost as bad as commercial advertising.

SlowRain
12-12-2010, 09:24 AM
Okay, now I understand. I wasn't sure what it was you meant. Strange as it may seem, there are some very crusty people who don't like it when other people offer alternatives that don't EXACTLY match the original post. I'm glad that wasn't your objection because, not only are these services a godsend, they are extremely simple to use. I think they solve the original problem nicely, plus giving extra features. And who doesn't like something like that?

kennyc
12-12-2010, 09:57 AM
. I think they solve the original problem nicely, plus giving extra features. And who doesn't like something like that?

NO THEY DON'T. Are you just being dense? Being able to up load to the cloud has NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. The person wants to know how to load their ebooks onto their android device. What is it you are not getting about that. :smack:

SlowRain
12-12-2010, 10:28 AM
That's the simplest way for me to load books. I actually can't think of anything simpler or with fewer steps. And it gives me so much more than just loading e-books. It's like killing three birds with one stone.

Why? What do you suggest?

kennyc
12-12-2010, 10:44 AM
WTF? I'm done with this.