Sideloading EPUBs to Bookshelf for iOS

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You can Sideload DRM-free EPUBs with Bookshelf 4.3 for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.  To sideload an EPUB you must use a supported delivery method, email, a cloud storage solution, or a website, and the EPUB you are sideloading must be DRM-free. 

Sideloaded ePub files only work locally and not work with any of the Bookshelf features, such as highlights, page syncing, built-in text to speech, etc.  You can delete a sideloaded EPUB from your device through

How to sideload DRM-free EPUB files to Bookshelf on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch

Sideloading EPUBs using a Mail app

The GMAIL app does not support sharing attachments to other apps.  If you use GMAIL, you must use the web app to sideload your EPUB. 

  • Make sure you are using Bookshelf 4.3 or later. You must also sign into your Bookshelf account before you can sideload any EPUBs.
  • Email the EPUB file you wish to open on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch to yourself or any Bookshelf user.
  • In your Mail app, open the message containing your EPUB.
  • Tap and hold on the EPUB in the email to bring up the sharing menu.
  • Swipe to the left and tap on the "Copy to Bookshelf" option.
  • Bookshelf will open, and your EPUB will now be in your library.
  • If you need to locate your EPUB quickly, you can search for the title of the EPUB in the, Find by Title or Author search bar. 

How-To Side load EPUB files on to Bookshelf using a Cloud Storage Service (e.g., iCloud Drive, Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc...)

  • Make sure you are using Bookshelf 4.3 or later. You must also sign into your Bookshelf account before you can sideload any EPUBs.
  • Make sure to sync the EPUB you are looking to sideload to your favorite Cloud Storage Service.
  • In your Cloud Storage app, download the file to your iOS device and click the Sharing icon.
  • Swipe to the left and tap on the "Copy to Bookshelf" option.
  • Bookshelf will open and your EPUB will now be in your library.
  • If you need to locate your EPUB quickly, you can search for the title of the EPUB in the, Find by Title or Author search bar. 

How-To Side load EPUB files from a website

  • Make sure you are using Bookshelf 4.3 or later. You must also sign into your Bookshelf account before you can sideload any EPUBs.
  • Make sure to sync the EPUB you are looking to sideload to your favorite Cloud Storage Service.
  • In Safari, navigate to the EPUB you wish to sideload.
  • Tap the Open in "Bookshelf" link
  • Bookshelf will open, and your EPUB will now be in your library.
  • If you need to locate your EPUB quickly, you can search for the title of the EPUB in the, Find by Title or Author search bar. 
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