How to Sideload a Kindle file to iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
If you sideload a .MOBI to to your iOS device, you’ll be disappointed; functionality and appearance are terrible.
In fact, you don’t sideload a .MOBI. What you want is a file with the . AZK extension (book.azk).
It’s a mildly convoluted task. Here’s what you need:
- iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) with Kindle App installed
- computer with Kindle Previewer installed (get it here)
- computer running iTunes
- USB cable
- an .EPUB or .MOBI file, or the content.opf from an EPUB package
Here’s what to do:
- Launch Kindle Previewer. Under Settings, choose Kindle for iPad or Kindle for iPhone from the dropdown menu:
Sidenote: if you have a file open within Previewer already, choose Devices from the Menu and select Kindle for iOS.
- Drag an .EPUB, the content.opf of a package, or a .MOBI into Kindle Previewer. Wait a second, and you’ll see this screen:
- Click on “here,” or browse to the file on your computer. It is usually placed in the same work folder as the .MOBI, source .EPUB, or content.opf.
- Note: you will not usually see an actual preview in Previewer; the screen will remain white. You might see a preview if your book includes media files (a video, for example).
- Tether your device to your computer running iTunes.
- Open iTunes.
- Find your device (top)
- Choose Apps (middle)
- Browse down to File Sharing (bottom); find the Kindle App
- Drag the .AZK file into Kindle Documents
- The book will be available on your device.