Import your own EPUB books to Aldiko

A heavily requested feature since last week is the ability to import EPUB files into your Aldiko bookshelf. We are excited to let you know that we pushed an update this morning that will enable you to do just that. Just copy your EPUB files into your SD card (in the eBooks/import/ folder), select the ‘Import’ option on the app’s home screen and it will automatically scan and import your books.

Another new feature is the ability to download EPUB books directly from the Browser. Click on any EPUB link on any webpage and you should be presented with an option to directly download the book to your Aldiko bookshelf.

We are grateful for all feedbacks that users gave to us. Please continue to send us feedbacks and help us spread the word.


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  • Florian

    Thanks for this great piece of software. Realy nice work.
    But I had some troubles to import my ePubs.
    Your instructions in the popup, when klicking on ‘Import’, discribed to put ePubs in the eBook/import folder.
    I was in doubt about my technical abilities, when I read in this blog to put in eBooks/import folder. :-) )
    Just a missing ‘s’ nearly drives me crazy…. ;-)

    Keep on the great work

  • blog-admin

    Thanks for pointing it out, we will update it. :)

  • Florian

    I noticed an update in the market. Is there a changelog for the new version?

    TIA, Florian

  • blog-admin

    The changelog is available at

  • Florian


  • Alex

    Yesterday, finally :) , Aldiko has become visible on the Galaxy Market and I downloaded it.

    I tried to import my whole epub library, but it hangs and crashes after about 600 books, just as FBReader does. :(
    I think it tries to keep the whole DB in RAM, titles, authors and all.

    It is a pity, as Aldiko and FBReader are the better-configurable ones, and the ones rendering the text better, but till now the only software able to manage my ebooks collection is WordPlayer, which uses OI File manager to navigate through the books.

    Let me know if I can help you in testing a version supporting file browsing (instead of DB querying) to open books, or a less memory-hungry DB management.

    Thanks for your work!

  • Daiablo

    When I try the import feature on my HTC desire with Android 2.2 it is unable to find any .epub files in the import folder.

  • Aaronmichaeltolentino

    me too. i placed the file in eBooks/import folder then why i try importing it in aldiko it would say that no books found.

  • Anonymous

    Please follow these steps:

    -Connect your device to the computer through the USB cable
    -Turn on the USB mode of your device
    -Copy and paste the epub file in the “import” folder in your phone’s SD card (note: the “import” folder is inside the “eBooks” folder in the SD card).
    -Turn off the USB mode of your device
    -Click on the “import” icon in the Aldiko application and your book will be automatically imported into your bookshelf in Aldiko.

    The import process of the Aldiko 2.0 will be much easier.

  • Dave

    Im impressed with the software but the ebooks folder gets installed on my nand flash, not sd card. if i move it the software doesnt recognise it. any chance you can manually select the folder to use in version 2?

  • Datha

    Same here. tried everything to import but just get. “No Books Found”. I mean everything!

  • Peter

    On the Galaxy TAB the Aldiko SW looks at the Android internal FLASH memory, where most people would like to import from an external SD card.

  • Sherryryan

    Me too. I even called tech support for Archos but they don’t know much about third party apps. Anyone have any other suggestions?

  • Kresimir Krizanic

    I installed at least 10 different Android ROMs from 1.5 to 2.2 and never had any problems with importing books into Aldiko Reader. Make sure you place your books into eBooks/import folder (CAPS MATTER) of your SD card and make sure you have your books in EPUB format. There are several open source application for conversion into EPUB format. Cheers!

  • Vballrican

    I’ve also tried everything I can think of and still No Book Found!! :( Any specific format the SD card need to be in? I have installed apps from this card with no problems.

  • Tim

    AWESOME :)

  • Tim

    I just dumped about a thousand epub books on my phone and Aldiko is beeping away, happily importing the lot.

  • Lbones

    I have tried everything, and noting whatsoever is working, I have a Coby Kyros, and the Aldiko wont find the books… and on my pc everything is there in the right folder with caps and everything and still wont find it!!!!! please help!!!

  • Wickelittlecritta

    Okay. I just tried what ‘Admin’ suggested and it works, but he is a little unclear.

    First, you must go to your SD card and create a folder called “eBooks” just how ‘Admin’ and I have spelled it. Don’t forget the lowercase-e and the UPPERcase-B then -ooks.

    Second, inside of the ‘eBooks’ folder that you just made, create a folder titled “import”, not capitalized.

    Finally, copy your .epub file into the ‘imports’ folder and disconnect the USB cable from the device. Wait for your device to finish preparing the SD card and open Aldiko. Select “Import” from the menu and let the program do its stuff. Aldiko should now find the .epub files and import them into your library.

    When the import process is complete, search for the newly imported files on your Bookshelf.

    Again, I too had problems importing .epubs until I created my folders on the SD card naming them exactly as ‘Admin’ posted.

    Good luck :)

  • Wannarisk

    doesnt work for me, the folders were automatically created by software and I just copied the epub files into import folder

  • Raj

    there is no eBook/import folder. Explain more throughly. I’m trying to copy a epub file.
    I’m even planning to return it, if i don’t get an explanation…

  • Abbub

    Can the next update include importing directly through internet like Stanza for iPod? There’s download books section, then Catalog, but when I try to download an .epub or .pdb book link, it tries to open it instead of installing it into the bookshelf.

  • Mac1sc00l

    This one worked for me, in addition, i closed the ALDILKO app and opened it again before importing.

  • Asd

    Make sure its disconnected from the Computer before you do the import/search

  • Trixia Luna

    not all ebooks are copied. what is the problem? i added 31 books. but only 26 are copied. When i checked again, the 5 other books are left in the Import  folder. What should i do. Please respond asap

  • Trixia Luna

    Is it possible that same author and same book title cannot be imported? Only one can be imported? because i have The Secret Circle – The Captive, and The Secret Circle – The Power. When The Captive was immported, it has inO as title and MManuel as author. Now i deleted the book and put it again in the import folder, The Power was imported with the same book title, ino and MManuel as author. Is that possibly the reason? If so, how can i change it. Wht can i do

  • Aldiko Book Reader

    Hi all,

    If you are using Aldiko 2.0 or above, we make the import easier, you can import files from any folder in your SD card.

    To import books into Aldiko app, please follow the instruction below:

    (1) Connect your device into computer:(2) Turn on USB mode of your device;
    (3) Transfer your ebook file from computer to the SD card of your device;
    (4) Turn off USB mode of your device and disconnect your device from computer;
    (5) Launch Aldiko app, tap on the “Home” button on the top right corner of the bookshelf;
    (6) Tap on the SD card icon, locate the ebook file that you just transferred. Check the box next to the ebook file and then select “Import to Aldiko”.For more info, please visit here:

  • Admin

    If the metadata emebeded 2 different files is the same, Aldiko will see them as the same file and you will be only able to import one of them.

  • Greg Rose

    I am having an odd problem, in that the reader is not seeing my ePub file on my Android Tablet (HeroTab C8).  I have downloaded an ePub book from ProjectGutenberg into my download folder.  If I open my Android Downloads app, I see the ePub book with the Aldiko icon associated with the file.  If I click on the downloaded ePub book from the Downloads app, it opens up in Aldiko without a problem.  However, when I go to the Aldiko program and try to import the ePub book (using the method described by Admin) and go to my downloads folder, Aldiko can not see the ePub file and says the download folder is empty.  Anyone else having this problem? If I go to my download folder using a file management program, I can see that the ePub file is there, but when I try to import the ePub file with Aldiko, it is not able to see the file.  Yet the file shows up in the Downloads app as an Aldiko book and I can open it and read it that way. The only thing I did not try is to move the file using the USB method. Is moving the file using the USB method an important part of the process and will suddenly make Aldiko able to see the file?  I have also logged into Adobe DRM with Aldiko, but still no luck.  I have even uninstalled and r-downloaded the latest version of Aldiko, but still no luck. Anyone have any suggestions?

  • Greg Rose

    Ok, I figured it out.  Somehow the file got renamed to 098.epub.noimages I was able to rename it and drop the .noimages so it is now 098.epub and now it imports.  Very strange, but I am glad it now works!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure five steps (tap the home icon, select the SD card, open the download folder, select the book, and finally import) qualifies as “easier”.

    Any chance an option can be provided to import books directly from the Android browser as described at the top of this page? After downloading a book from a website, I’m presented with an option to open the book in Aldiko, but that doesn’t import the books into Aldiko. To get the book to appear on the bookshelf, I have to go through the process you described. It’s okay for someone who’s computer savvy, but I’m distributing class material to my students in ePUB format, and not every student is comfortable trying to find where the downloaded files are located. iPhones running iBooks are able to import the files directly, without the separate import process you have described. It would be nice if Aldiko could do the same.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t work.

    Can’t import one darn book into Aldiko.

    I have a Asus TF101 and W7 PC.

    Copied all my books onto a SD card put it in and nothing.

    Tap the SD icon like you say and there is nothing there.

    Waste of time.

  • Anonymous

    A joke

    Cant get one book on to the Aldiko library with your instructions.

    Do you think one of you can actually come up with a way that works and is simple?

    I know how about, plug ina USB cable, select “Import Books” and then tell ALdiko where they are whther on a PC or SD card and select “Import”

    Oh I’m sorry too easy.

    I copied all my books onto the SD card, selected the SD Icon as you suggest and there is nothing there. Yes all the books are on the SD card. Can’t get one book into the ALdiko library.

  • Anonymous

    A joke

    Cant get one book on to the Aldiko library with your instructions.

    Do you think one of you can actually come up with a way that works and is simple?

    I know how about, plug in a USB cable, select “Import Books” and then
    tell Aldiko where they are whether on a PC or SD card and select “Import”

    Oh I’m sorry too easy.

    I copied all my books onto the SD card, selected the SD Icon as you
    suggest and there is nothing there. Yes all the books are on the SD
    card. Can’t get one book into the Aldiko library.

  • Anonymous

     You can put them anywhere on your sd card but you have to know where to look after that. You must navigate to the proper place. Mine is external sd folder etc. Figure it out people. It’s not that hard. Sheesh!

  • Thirusanguraja V

    Please send me sample epub file which is supported by “Aldiko
    Book Reader” , and give me some note about is there is any diff between normal
    epub and epub wich is supported by Android OS

  • Thirusanguraja V

    Is there is any difference between standard and android tablet

  • Jessy Drastic

    no need to be a jerk. sheesh.

  • Dennis Ridge

    Things copied onto the sd card do not show up at all.  is it the extension used or what?

  • Anonymous

    Successfully imported non-DRM book by dragging to your app on my Kindle Fire. Also dragged a DRM EPUB but when I tried to open it I was asked for a password. I don’t know what program’s password needs to be entered.

  • Christian Cole

    Big problem here. I put my books onto my tablet (Galaxy tab 2 7″) and when I select the file and import it, it creates a second version of the book hogging up space. I really shouldn’t have to do this piecemeal. Why isn’t there a function/software that allows me, on my computer, to package all my epubs and pdfs up in a nice ball, stick them on my tablet as aldiko imported files and be done with it?

  • Aliyu Ba’ago Jnr.

    Please I would like to know if you have aldiko PC version or if it is under development. Thanks

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  • Richard Green

    I have been successfully using Aldiko for over a year, but I just transfer the epub files on to my sd card. Neither my tablet nor my phone have a folder called IMPORT, so I normally put them in DOWNLOAD or just in EPUB. Usually I am able to locate them within Aldiko and import them in. But, as with Christian Cole, Aldiko creates a 2nd copy of the epub file, with some tiny extra files in the same folder. My tablet also creates files with suffix .annot such as The Moneychangers.epub.annot or .pdf.annot. I suppose they help the device to locate the file. My main question is, is it ok to delete the original file once Aldiko has imported it? Also, I can see a book I’ve imported, but Aldiko doesn’t seem to know about that folder (.cover) Oh I guess I’ll keep experimenting. Overall I’m very pleased with Aldiko, as I read reference books I click on the reference (usually a Bible verse) & it brings me straight to the verse, all the references are embedded in the epub file at the end of it.

  • NS

    There are blank pages in my pdf / epud books once in a while! Mostly when a new chapter begins, the page is blank.. What could be the issue?

  • Nina Linnarsson

    My Aldiko crashes all the time. What to do? I can’t even open the books. I have the premium and the latest version of Aldiko.

  • Carlos

    It’s very important to see your OS version. I’ve just changed to Jellybean (apparently it’s the same problem with KitKat). I was trying to open a book I copied to my SD card and it wasn’t there. It seems that the problem is that Jellybean uses another path to locate your external storage.

    For me it was /storage/removable/sdcard1… I looked for that directory and I found my files.

    By default, Aldiko shows up several folders that are in the internal memory, which might be tricky, since there are directories with names such as “eBooks”, “Digital Editions”, and even DCIM, which might make you think is your SD card… well, in my case it was not.

    To go back and try to locate the right folder for your SD card you have to click on the arrow at the top left corner (next to the “Files” word) which will take you up one folder in the directory. Do that as many times as necessary until you reach the “root” folder, then follow the path above. Hope this helps someone.

  • [S]unjay

    I used this app a few years ago, I don’t remember it being so unintuitive but oh well, at least it works with a beautiful UI.

  • Anonymous

    There is an option for the app to not display blank pages. I’m using premium. I’m sure the blank pages are put in by the book editor and not a fault of the app. As in physical books, blank pages are sometimes used by readers to insert their own notes. And some reading apps like EZPDFReader you can put in annotations like highlights, underlines, text, note, etc.