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Scott James

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How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 9, 2013 8:31 PM
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Is it good enough just to email the file to my icloud account and open it in the Kindle for ipad app there? I read somewhere where you need to "sync" the file through iTunes, but I don't know if this is true or how to do it. Amazon's instructions say:

***Launch iTunes on your computer. In iTunes, click Apps and select Kindle Apps.
***Drag the converted .azk book file and drop it onto the iTunes Kindle Documents area.
***You can now read the book on your iPhone or iPad. Launch the Kindle App on your device. You’ll see the book listed in the Device Mode of the Kindle iOS app under All Items.

The problem with all that is that there is no "Apps" listing anywhere in iTunes! I can't click on something that isn't there. So, I'm really hoping that just emailing the AZK file to my icloud account and opening it in the Kindle app from will still give me an accurate rendering of the mobi/azk file.

This leads to my second problem. I can open mobi files from icloud, but it won't open the AZK file. There must be a way.......
Scott James

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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 9, 2013 10:45 PM   in response to: Scott James in response to: Scott James
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Okay, I have it figured out. Amazon never bothered to say that you have to have iTunes installed on your desktop computer as well as on iPad. The above instructions are for your PC. Once you've dragged or copied the AZK file to the Kindle folder on iTunes on your PC, it will then automatically sync to your Kindle for iPad app on your iPad if you have Wi-Fi. If you have no Wi-Fi, then you need to hook up with your usb cable first.

What a pain.
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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 3:23 AM   in response to: Scott James in response to: Scott James
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The more I read about Apple in this forum, the more I am reconciled to using Windows.

I had an iPod Touch and so loved it that I sold it and bought an iPhone. Then I realized that the Touch was so limited that it kept me outside Apple's closed universe, which only with the iPhone did I begin to experience. It is truly awful. It's like walking through the world with tunnel vision.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Scott James

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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 10, 2013 7:58 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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I'm just glad I finally got the silly thing figured out. I really don't want anything to do with Apple's so-called "walled garden"! Thar be snakes in thar!
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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 10:16 PM   in response to: Scott James in response to: Scott James
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It took me forever to get a handle on side loading the azk file too. Drag n dropping the file doesn't work for me. What I have to do is click on the Kindle icon, and then a browse button will appear in the documents area to the right, so you can just browse to your file.
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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 11:17 PM   in response to: Scott James in response to: Scott James
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I couldn't figure out how this worked either...even wrote to support...but then I found this, and it worked:

http://www.ehow.com/how_8491938_send-files-kindle-app-ipad.html

You just have to know all of the tiny steps. Skip any, and it doesn't work.
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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 18, 2013 2:15 AM   in response to: Margaret Fisk in response to: Margaret Fisk
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I don't know if this could be applied to an iPad, but I had a rather similar problem with my Fire HD. With the original Fire, my computer recognized it immediately, and I could sideload a book through a USB cord. Alas, the computer is blind toward the Fire HD. For 99 cents I bought an app that connects them wirelessly through my wi fi router. I turn on the Fire, go to my web browser on the computer, and type in a simple url, and behold! I am looking at the tablet's files and folders. I navigate to the BOOKS folder, then click on DOWNLOAD (remember, I am working at my computer even though I'm seeing the tablet) and navigate to where the *.mobi file is located. (The file I'm checking is always the converted book as presented to me in Step 6 of the publishing process, and downloaded to my computer.)

Again: Bingo! The book is now on the "Carousel" of the Fire.

The Fire is an Android device, but perhaps a similar app is available for Apple IOS.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 18, 2013 2:32 PM   in response to: Scott James in response to: Scott James
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Sideloading a MOBI or AZK file onto your iPad is just as easy to do as it is loading them onto your android device. It all depends on which device or OP you are the most used to, or prefer.

I thought it would be pretty obvious that you would require iTunes on your PC to carry out such instructions. But, there you are.

To answer one of your questions: yes, you can email the file to your iCloud address. When the email reaches your iPad, click on the file attachment, a box will immediately appear asking if you wish to open the file into your Kindle App. Click on the Kindle App icon and the book will appear in your Kindle App on iPad.
Scott James

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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 18, 2013 7:48 PM   in response to: mixus in response to: mixus
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"I thought it would be pretty obvious that you would require iTunes on your PC to carry out such instructions. But, there you are."

Why? You don't need any special program on your computer to side-load mobi files to a Kindle reader, nor epub files to a nook reader. You just browse to the file on your desktop and put it in the documents folder of your reading device. I fail to understand why the process should involve iTunes at all for AZK files being loaded to an ipad.

"To answer one of your questions: yes, you can email the file to your iCloud address. When the email reaches your iPad, click on the file attachment...."

That doesn't work for AZK files. It does for Mobi files, but they won't necessarily look right. If you click on an AZK file inside of iCloud it won't open because some knucklehead at Amazon never thought to associate AZK files with both the Kindle for iPad app and iCloud, so iCloud doesn't know what to do with it.
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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 19, 2013 1:16 AM   in response to: Scott James in response to: Scott James
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Scott:

You've never been able to test files on the Cloud Reader, of any kind. Doesn't matter if it's .mobi or azk or prc; the Cloud content is pretty strictly for Amazon-purchased content. You can only open .mobi files on an iPad in Kindle 4 iPad. That's the first thing. So, no "lunkhead" at Amazon overlooked that; you can't get there from here. You can't put "stuff" in the Cloud and then preview it on your iPad in the Cloud reader, at least, not the last time I looked. I disconnected the Cloud from my computer because Amazon forcibly jammed it on C: drive, which is my solid-state drive, which I solely use for program storage, and provided no way for me to move the Cloud storage to my storage RAID drives, so...goodbye, Cloud! (I do use S3 Storage from Amazon for my company, though, of course, for our archives, etc. Can't lose thousands of converted books!).

Secondly, vis-a-vis "not needing"

any special program on your computer to side-load mobi files to a Kindle reader, nor epub files to a nook reader.

...you don't need that because the files, and the reading program, are all on the same computer. When you're trying to sideload a file to a device, you have to get it there somehow. For example, I use Dropbox to load any and all files to my iPad and to my Nook reader device. This, I find, is the easiest way. If you have a file-app from the iPad to your computer, like Dropbox, or one of the other file managers, you can use that, as well. FileManager (which is free) will allow you to link to almost any cloud: Skydrive, Dropbox, iCloud, GoogleDrive, for the purpose of uploading files.

Now, the easiest way to test the AZK file that you made, (because if you try to send it via Dropbox, you'll get a file-extension not associated with any application error message) is to simply change the file extension back to MOBI from AZK and load it that way. Easy-peasy. You can't upload AZK's at Amazon, anyway; it's just a method for previewing how iOS content will look. I haven't actually noted ANY real differences between the mobis we make and the AZK's, in terms of formatting, when I preview them on my Kindle 4 iPad reader, but perhaps other folks have.

Hope that helps.

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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 19, 2013 2:42 AM   in response to: Scott James in response to: Scott James
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Why? You don't need any special program on your computer to side-load mobi files to a Kindle reader, nor epub files to a nook reader. You just browse to the file on your desktop and put it in the documents folder of your reading device. I fail to understand why the process should involve iTunes at all for AZK files being loaded to an ipad.

The Apple universe is a closed universe. And once you've put iTunes on your PC you find that it doesn't work like any other Windows program. I earnestly hope that Microsoft has similarly crippled Word for Mac.

I used to bad-mouth Windows all the time, until I got an iPhone and had to cope with Apple stuff. Reminds me of the days of CPM.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Scott James

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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 19, 2013 6:12 AM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
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"You've never been able to test files on the Cloud Reader, of any kind."

We're not talking about Amazon's "Cloud" but rather Apple's iCloud which is used more as an email program than anything. If I were to use gmail's app for ipad to send a mobi file to myself, I would have no way to get it from gmail to the kindle for ipad app. If you click on the attachment, it does nothing. However, if I were to send the mobi file to icloud, I could click on it there and it will open it the kindle for ipad app okay. Not if it's an azk file though. My conclusion is that either iCloud or the reading app must not have azk files associated with azk files.

" change the file extension back to MOBI from AZK and load it that way."

I didn't think of trying that! I take it I could just do that before I send it to my icloud address. That would be great.

"I haven't actually noted ANY real differences between the mobis we make and the AZK's"

Is that right? I keep hearing that you can only trust the azk file. Why did Amazon bother making the azk if it's no different?
Scott James

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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 19, 2013 6:16 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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This ipad is the closest thing I've ever had to an Apple computer. I don't think I'm going to be a fan either. The only thing I've found it useful for is to use a notepad app I have on it, so I keep it by my TV chair and sometimes write notes to myself. A 400 dollar notepad.
Notjohn

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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 19, 2013 12:31 PM   in response to: Scott James in response to: Scott James
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keep hearing that you can only trust the azk file. Why did Amazon bother making the azk if it's no different?

Well, I've been publishing here since November 2007, and I've never had occasion to handle an *.azk extension.

It seems to be a data file favored by pschologists:

AZK file is a DMDX Output Document. DMDX is a Win 32-based display system used in psychological laboratories around the world to measure reaction times to visual and auditory stimuli. The .AZK file format is the default that DMDX uses.

Maybe there's a psych major at the had of KDP.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Scott James

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Re: How Do I Sideload an AZK File to my ipad?
Posted: Dec 19, 2013 1:00 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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They must have a reason for it though. See the last post here:

http://kdp.amazon.com/community/message.jspa?messageID=640003
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