Many users who consider buying a tablet or smartphone from Apple ask a question: “How to put Kindle books on my iPad and iPhone?”
Do you fear you’ll have to spend hours trying to back up your Kindle and then upload all the ebooks directly to the iPad?
Keep calm. You can make it happen easier than you think, using the Kindle app that’s available in the App Store for free.
If you own the Kindle e-reader, you most probably have an account on Amazon. And it’s the only thing to need to have to successfully start reading your Kindle ebooks on Apple’s mobile devices.
Want to read ebooks from your Kindle library on your iPad in a couple of minutes? Keep reading this simple guide.
How to put my Kindle books on the iPad and iPhone
1. Download Kindle app for iOS
On your iPad or iPhone, go to the App Store – the app with all applications available for the iOS (iOS is an operating system of the iPad and iPhone).
Use the search feature to find the Kindle app. Tap “Get” button, and wait until the download is complete (see screenshot above, on the left).
2. Register the Kindle app with your Amazon account
Type the email and password combination you are using to sign in to your account in the Amazon online store.
If you have more than one Amazon account, make sure to choose the one you’re signed in on your Kindle e-reader. You used this account to buy the Kindle in the Amazon store.
When your Kindle e-reader and Kindle app for iOS are connected to the same Amazon account, all your Kindle books are synced via Amazon servers, just like all your Gmail messages are synced via Google servers, no matter which computer you choose to connect to it.
You never registered your Kindle with the Amazon? It may happen if you bought Amazon’s e-reader from a third-party seller. If you have the account on Amazon, I strongly recommend registering the Kindle with it.
Registering all your devices with the same account is the most comfortable way to manage and sync all your Kindle books. What’s more, there is no way to use the Kindle app on the iPad and iPhone without signing up.
3. Import only the books you want
Are you afraid that the moment you start syncing your Kindle and Kindle for iOS, all your Kindle ebooks will download automatically and take too much of your iPad’s memory? It won’t happen.
When you open the Kindle app, you’ll see two tabs at the bottom: “Cloud” and “Device.”
When you tap the Cloud button, you’ll see all the books that are stored in your Kindle cloud library.
The list includes all the books that you have added to your Amazon account:
- the ones you bought in the Kindle Store,
- the ones you sideloaded to your Kindle or a Kindle app on another device – these personal documents are synced between devices, too
Although you see these books in your Kindle app for iPad or iPhone, they are not downloaded to the device yet. You can do it easily, by tapping the book (see the screenshot above, on the left).
Your Kindle app comes with just one document that is pre-downloaded. It’s a simple guide with a few tips to get you started.
Once you download any book from the Cloud tab, it will appear in the Device section. Every book available in the Device tab can be accessed offline, which means you open and read it even when your iPad is not connected to the internet.
I suggest you don’t import all the books to the Kindle for iOS. There is no need to do that. Download only the titles you are reading right now or going to read next (plus the custom dictionary, if you are using it).
It could be a few of them, even a few hundred, but think twice before packing the Kindle app with thousands of ebooks you’re not going to read anytime soon.
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