Adding An Ebook Converted To .Mobi To Your Android Kindle App

February 11, 2012 · 10 comments

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Adding An Ebook Converted To .Mobi To Your Android Kindle App

google android logoReading Your .Mobi
Kindle File On Android

The Amazon Kindle’s .mobi is one of the fastest growing ebook formats due to the rapid growth of both Kindle readers and the Kindle ebook application that runs on just about anything. 

If you have a .mobi Kindle file on your computer, that you either got as part of an ebook download/purchase or that you created by converting a PDF to .mobi… getting it onto your android phone or table is easy. 

There’s a number of reasons you’d want to convert your PDF even though Kindle can read them, particularly if you are working with a smaller device. 

To get your .mobi file into the Kindle app on Android, first connect your android phone by USB to your computer and mount the SD card.

Once you’re browsing the SD card from your computer, find the folder named “Kindle” and open it.

Copy/Paste your new .Mobi(s) into that folder.  If you have a cover image that belongs to the .mobi file, you can copy it into the “covers” folder that is inside the “kindle” folder.

(Click here to learn more about converting PDFs and other document types into ePub format.)

Open the Kindle App and your file should be ready to go and waiting “on your device”. 

Simple, clean and efficient. A great way to make those clunky PDF eBooks perfect for reading on any small device!

~ Kim ~
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PS: The process is likely very similar for iPhone but since I do not have one I’m not 100% certain.  

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Aunt Lee February 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm

That’s great info. I’ve got some tutorials along this line as well — like how to download a free e-book from Amazon, convert it and read it on an EPUB device:


Fareiy June 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Hey i think this application is great. I like to reading an eBook on my Computer, i think with this application i can enjoy to read the other eBook and also comics on my Android Phones. Thank you for sharing this useful articles :D


chanikacha June 6, 2012 at 8:57 am

That’s really great! I just bought my new android tablet. I can the converter to create an ebook. Thanks kim! I love reading all your tutorial.


mhaziq August 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm

thx for the share but this just wont work you can only use ebooks which you bought from amazon on your android device. you cant use converted or downloaded ebooks. some kind of lock from amazon.

any suggestion how to break that lock?


The Scrambled Boy September 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I litterally just converted and downloaded 33 books and added them the way its says above and they are all now on my droid and can be red through the kindle. maybe you are doing something wrong. are you converting the books to mobi or epub. they have to be mobi files to work. hope that helps


confused October 5, 2012 at 1:06 am

Don’t make the mistake of creating another kindle directory under the one that the Kindle app created on your microSD when you installed the app. I put the mobi under SD card\kindle\kindle and it couldn’t find it. I then moved the mobi file to SD card\kindle and voila – magic. Thanks again


kaz December 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

i have an android tablet have dl ebooks in mobi format and have put them on the tablet but the books ‘cant open’ but i havent got a kindle app on the tablet where do i get that? sorry pcs i can handle but this is all very new t0 me.


Kim Castleberry December 3, 2012 at 2:19 am

Kaz, where you would find a kindle app would depend on your type of table. Not all tablets can run a kindle app. An android table would find it in the “Google Play Store” (one of the apps already on the tablet) and an iPad or iPad Mini would find it in the Apple App Store (again an icon already on your device). Go into those app stores and search for kindle and install. However, there are a lot of off-brand tablets now that can not run apps, so I can’t really predict much without seeing it.


Mohan January 7, 2014 at 11:16 pm

@Walter Lipman you saved my s
kudos to you for this may path


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