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How To Sideload Smashwords Books (And Other Books) Onto Your iPhone, iPad, And iPad Mini

Downloading Smashwords books onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch sounds complicated, but it’s really quite simple. It is common for modern writers to give away free or discounted books through Smashwords via coupon codes, so sideloading will allow you to take advantage of these offers.

In this post, we’ll show you how to download a book off Smashwords and onto your iOS device.

First, make sure your iPhone or iPad is connected to the Internet, and launch the Safari web browser. After Safari launches, navigate to the Smashwords website at http://www.smashwords.com. At the main page, log in with your Smashwords username and password. (If you don’t have one, you can register for one at the main site.)

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After you have logged in, navigate to the page of the book you wish to download. Once you have purchased the book (or used a coupon code to get it for free), scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll see all the different formats in which the ebook is available. For an iPhone or an iPad you will want EPUB, so tap on the download link for the EPUB file:

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After the file has downloaded, your iPhone or iPad will ask if you wish to open the book in iBooks:

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Tap on the “Open in iBooks” link, and the book will immediately open in your iBooks library:

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It will also be part of your library on that device. To download the book on a different iPhone or iPad, simply log into the Smashwords page there and download the book again.

-JM