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Old 10-30-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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Getting epub to Overdrive on Kindle via USB

Hello all,
I downloaded an epub book onto my computer (from my library) and now I wish to get it onto my Kindle Fire. I installed Overdrive on the Fire to be able to read the book. I hooked up my USB cable and copied the epub file (the book) into the "books" directory on my Kindle.

However, when I start up Overdrive, the book is not there. Is there some other directory I should be putting it in?

Thank you for any help.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:48 PM   #3
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Kindles Dont read ePub ebooks!
From what I've read, yes they can.

http://www.wikihow.com/Read-ePubs-on-Kindle-Fire

"Arguably, Amazon does not make it easy to read ePubs on your Kindle Fire. While the capability is not available by default, though, you can read your collection of ePubs on your Kindle Fire simply by downloading an e-Pub-compatible reader to your device."

Overdrive is one of the compatible readers this article talks about. I installed Overdrive without problem, however, I am at the point where I drag the epub over via USB cable. I did that but am not sure I put it in the correct folder. That is why I came here.
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:32 PM   #4
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Kindles Dont read ePub ebooks!
Sure they do, if you have an ePub reading app installed.


That said I'm not sure if the OverDrive app in particular supports sideloading of books (been a number of version since I used it). Dani, you have to authorize the OD app if you haven't yet (use the same Adobe ID you'd use on ADE on your computer). You can use the app itself and log in to your library and download the book directly to the Fire.
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At least last time I checked, the Overdrive app will read side-loaded ePub but only if there is no DRM.

I cannot figure out how to sideload directly over USB. What worked for me was to put it in a folder on the Fire (say 'Download') then use ES File Explorer, navigate to the folder and tap on it. 'Open With' will come up and one of the programs should be Overdrive Media Console. OMC will then copy it to a folder that it manages and generate a thumbnail. Then you can delete it from the original location.

I tried copying it directly to the Overdrive folder but OMC doesn't seem to see it unless it is served up by 'Open With'.

I usually use Dropbox for this (having side loaded it from 'other sources') for this sort of thing. Then you don't have to hook up a cable, and use ES File explorer. Just download and tap to Open With. Or you can use the web browser, and login to your Dropbox account (or google drive etc.) and download it that way.

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Your talking about a Library eBook... Go Back to your Library & Download the Kindle format... Cause the only way your going to get the ePub to work is to remove the DRM.
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Your talking about a Library eBook... Go Back to your Library & Download the Kindle format... Cause the only way your going to get the ePub to work is to remove the DRM.
Wrong, you need an app either Mantano or Aldiko and as Brian says you have to authorize it with your Adobe ID then just import the book into the app and happy reading. I do this with books all the time. I prefer Mantano to the Overdrive app which only reads open epubs and Library epubs.

With The Overdrive app you can log into your local library and download the epub or pdf directly to the app. You can sideload open epubs as well by selecting to open them with the Overdrive app.

Mantano isn't free but Aldiko does has a free version both will read Open, Overdrive and ADE epubs so it's a better option.

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Old 10-31-2013, 11:24 AM   #8
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LOL everyone is so helpful however you can read Overdrive epub books on the Fire via the Overdrive app. If memory serves it has to be in the Overdrive directory but I think there is a way to get the Overdrive app to scan your Fire to find the file. The easiest way is to download the book directly from within the Overdrive app rather than via the computer.
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Also with the overdrive app, you can download audiobooks from the library.
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Also with the overdrive app, you can download audiobooks from the library.
Only if they're available in MP3. It doesn't work with WMA.
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Only if they're available in MP3. It doesn't work with WMA.
Bummer too, since the most of them are in WMA.

Would love to see publishers ditch that format entirely.
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Dani,

The easiest way as many have said is to download through the overdrive app. Start by getting books in the app and go from there. Once you set up your library it is much easier for the long run.

The hard way is to download and install E S File app which is free from amazon. Then copy from books to overdrive.

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