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How to move all your Kindle books to your iPad
Submitted by jwikert3
Posted Apr 04 2010 06:23 AM
If you've invested a small fortune in Kindle books you'll be glad to know you can read them on an iPad as well. Amazon offers a Kindle app for the iPad, similar to their iPhone app, but with the big screen in mind. These apps use Amazon's Whispersync technology to synchronize your location in each book across all devices, so you don't have to remember where you left off! All of this requires an Internet connection, of course, so make sure your iPad is either linked up via wifi or the 3G network.
Start by downloading the Kindle app on your iPad. You'll then need to register the iPad with Kindle, which is a very simple process where you provide your Amazon ID and password. Once you've registered the device touch the "Showing" link at the bottom of the iPad app screen. You'll see a choice of either "Home" or "Archived Items". Choose "Archived Items" and you'll see a list of all the Kindle editions you've bought. Then you simply touch one cover after another and Amazon will load the books onto your iPad. You'll probably discover the iPad-loading process is faster than the original Kindle download process, especially if you're using wifi on your iPad (which is faster than Amazon's Whispernet service for your Kindle). Once you've selected all the books you want, touch the "Showing" link at the bottom of the iPad app screen again but this time select "Home". The screen should now show all those Kindle books you downloaded and you should find each opens right to the page you left off on them with your Kindle.
There are a few drawbacks with the Kindle's iPad app though. First of all, you can only use it for books. If you're hoping to move your magazine and newspaper subscriptions from the Kindle to the iPad you're out of luck. Second, you can't use the iPad app to look at samples from books. This is pretty short-sighted on Amazon's part. I have a lot of samples on my Kindle that I'm still considering buying but I can't check them out through their app. They're pretty much daring me to buy them in the iBookstore instead, which is silly. Also, you won't find features like the dictionary in the Kindle iPad app. Again, Amazon needs to step up and implement features like this or they're just encouraging all of us to abandon them as an ebookseller and move to the iBookstore.
Alternative solution by davidnewman
Posted Jan 25 2012 05:35 PM
Thanks, this works fine for books purchased from Amazon.
What about sync'ing O'Reilly ebooks in .mobi format purchased from O'Reilly?
The Kindle reader on my MBP imports these .mobi files just fine, but sync'ing to Amazon does not include the O'Reilly titles.
Thanks for any tips on file syncing.
Alternative solution by AdaWang
Posted Mar 09 2013 10:38 PM
Kindle for iPad app does enable users to read Kindle books on iPad, but the reading experience is far less excellent than apple's iBooks app. I suggest that you convert Kindle to EPUB and then transfer the EPUB books (DRM-free) to iPad, enjoying the books with iBooks.
How to convert Kindle books to EPUB (including how to transfer converted EPUB books to iPad)