Side load EPUB files to Bookshelf for iOS

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How to side load unprotected EPUB files to Bookshelf on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

When side loading EPUB 3.0 files on to Bookshelf 2.5 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, you must use a supported delivery method (email, Dropbox, or Google Drive) and the file has to be unprotected. 

**Please note. Side loaded ePub files will only work locally and not work with any of the Bookshelf features, such as highlights, page syncing, text to speech, etc.

How-To Side load EPUB files on to Bookshelf using Mail.app

  • Make sure you have downloaded and installed Bookshelf 2.5 or greater from the App Store
  • Launch Bookshelf and sign in with your Bookshelf ID and password.
  • Email the EPUB file you wish to open on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to yourself or any Bookshelf user.
  • On your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch; open Mail.app, open the message that contains the EPUB you were emailed.
  • Tap on the EPUB file that is listed in the mail message
  • Tap on the "Open in Bookshelf" icon.
  • Your EPUB will now open in Bookshelf.
  • To get back into the book, inside of Bookshelf tap the refresh button > tap on the Locally Added button > tap on your EPUB to open it.

How-To Side load EPUB files on to Bookshelf using Dropbox

  • Make sure you have downloaded and installed Bookshelf 2.5 or greater from the App Store
  • Launch Bookshelf and sign in with your Bookshelf ID and password.
  • Upload the EPUB file you wish to open on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to Dropbox
  • On your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch download, install, and sign into dropbox on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch
  • Locate the EPUB file you wish to open in Dropbox.
  • Tap on the EPUB file to download the book to your device
  • Tap on the Share icon in the Drop box menu bar.
  • Tap on the "Open in..." button
  • Tap on the "Open in Bookshelf" icon.
  • Your EPUB will now open in Bookshelf.
  • To get back into the book, inside of Bookshelf tap the refresh button > tap on the Locally Added button > tap on your EPUB to open it.

How-To Side load EPUB files on to Bookshelf using Google Drive

  • Make sure you have downloaded and installed Bookshelf 2.5 or greater from the App Store
  • Launch Bookshelf and sign in with your Bookshelf ID and password.
  • Upload the EPUB file you wish to open on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to Google Drive
  • On your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch download, install, and sign into Google Drive on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch
  • Locate the EPUB file you wish to open in Google Drive.
  • Tap on the EPUB file to download the book to your device
  • Tap on the "Open in..." button, tap on Bookshelf.
  • Tap on the "Open in Bookshelf" icon.
  • Your EPUB will now open in Bookshelf.
  • To get back into the book, inside of Bookshelf tap the refresh button > tap on the Locally Added button > tap on your EPUB to open it.

How-To Side load EPUB files on to Bookshelf using Gmail

  • Make sure you have downloaded and installed Bookshelf 2.5 or greater from the App Store
  • Launch Bookshelf and sign in with your Bookshelf ID and password.
  • Email the EPUB file you wish to open on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to yourself or any Bookshelf user.
  • On your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch; open your web browser and go to http://www.gmail.com
  • Sign in with your Gmail address and password
  • Tap on the link to use the mobile version of Gmail. Do not use the Gmail app for iOS, it will not work.
  • Tap on the EPUB attachment that is listed in the mail message
  • Tap on the "Open in..." link
  • Tap on the "Open in Bookshelf" icon.
  • Your EPUB will now open in Bookshelf.
  • To get back into the book, inside of Bookshelf tap the refresh button > tap on the Locally Added button > tap on your EPUB to open it.

Please note: There are other apps that you can use to use to side load EPUB files into Bookshelf. Copy and Box will also work. Follow the steps listed for using Google Drive or Dropbox when using Copy or Box to successfully side load an EPUB on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch running Bookshelf 2.5 or greater.
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