How to send eBooks using Calibre to an e-reader

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You can send eBooks to e-readers in numerous ways. Most of the text is from the official Calibre manual.

Using a USB cable

Simply plug your device into the computer with a USB cable. calibre should automatically detect the device and then you can transfer books to it by clicking the Send to device button.

Content server​

calibre has a built-in web server, the calibre Content server. It makes your calibre collection available over the net. You can browse it on your device using a simple browser or a dedicated application. First perform the following steps in calibre:
  • Set the Preferred Output Format in calibre to EPUB or AZW3 for Kindles (The output format can be set under Preferences → Interface → Behavior)
  • Convert the books you want to read on your device to EPUB/AZW3 format by selecting them and clicking the Convert button.
  • Turn on the Content server in calibre’s preferences and leave calibre running.
Now on your device (desktop, iOS, or Android), open the browser and browse to
Replace with the local IP address of the computer running calibre. See The calibre Content server for details on running the server and finding out the right IP address to use.

Some devices do not have browsers advanced enough to run the app-like interface used by the Content server. For such devices, you can simply add /mobile to the server URL to get a simplified, non-JavaScript interface.

You can now browse your book collection and download books from calibre to your device.

Sharing books via email​

Knowing how to set up an email server is essential for this method. In the Calibre application, navigate to Preferences > Sharing > Sharing books via email. Set up the email server and test the email. This method requires an email address that can be used or accessed on your e-reader device (like on PocketBook: How can I send e-books wirelessly to my PocketBook?)

Wireless device connection​

For this method, you need the KOReader app installed on your e-reader device. After you start the wireless connection via Calibre, you need to connect to that URL from your KOReader app > Calibre settings.

Do you know of any other way to transfer eBooks to a reading device? Please let us know in the comments below.

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