How to Move Books From a Sony eReader to an iPad

by Kammy Pow

The Sony Reader is one of the few dedicated e-readers that support ePub files and Adobe DRM-protected files, two formats that support library e-books. While most e-reader manufacturers have created iPad-compatible and Apple-approved apps that provide access to proprietary eBooks, Sony has not been as lucky in partnering with Apple to create a similar app. To access DRM-free digital books on a Sony Reader from an iPad, users must download a third-party ePub reading app, such as Bluefire Reader, Overdrive or QuickReader. The first two are free apps; the last is a fee-based reader that includes speed-reading features. After downloading and installing one of these apps, you can make use of iTunes' file-sharing features to move books between the two platforms.

Download and Install Bluefire Reader on the iPad

Tap the "App Store" icon and type "Bluefire Reader" in the search tool.

Tap "Free" and then "Install App" when the Bluefire Reader application appears on the list to install the application. The application icon appears on one of the home screens.

Open Safari and go to the Adobe website (link in Resources) to sign up for an Adobe account if you don't already have one. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Launch Bluefire Reader. When signing on for the first time, the application requests that you authorize the reader. Tap the "Authorize" button and enter your Adobe ID and password.

Go the the eBook store where you purchased your title and tap the "Download" button for the book. When prompted, open the book in Bluefire Reader.

Download and Install OverDrive Media Console on the iPad

Open "App Store" and type "OverDrive" in the search tool.

Tap "Free" on "OverDrive Media Console" and then "Install App."

Launch the program. When signing on for the first time, the application requests that you authorize the reader. Tap the "Authorize" and enter your Adobe ID and password. If you do not have an Adobe ID, tap "Get Adobe ID" and follow the onscreen instructions.

Tap the "Get Books +" button and on the next screen, tap the "Get Books" icon.

Tap the "Add a Library +" button, which takes you to the OverDrive website to search for a library. Enter the name, city or state of the library. Select an available eBook and then sign in using your library account. Tap the "Download" button. You are returned to OverDrive.

Download and Install QuickReader on the iPad

Open "App Store" and type "QuickReader" in the search tool.

Tap the price listed for "QuickReader" and then tap "Buy App." Enter your Apple ID password to purchase and initiate the download and install.

Launch the program. Tap "Normal Reading" and then tap "Browse Catalogs" to import the desired ePub file. Select from the catalogs for "Free Books" or from the "Other Catalogs" setting. Select a book and it appears in the library under "Normal Reading."

Transfer Sony Reader Books to the iPad Using iTunes

Connect the iPad to the computer and launch iTunes.

Click on the iPad under "Devices" and then click the "Apps" tab on the Summary page.

Scroll down to "File Sharing" and select the reader app from the list of available apps. Click on the "Add" button.

Browse to the directory containing the e-book file. The file is located in the "My Digital Editions" in your "My Documents" library. Click on the title and then click on the "Open" button. The e-book appears on the reader app's "Documents" list.

Return to the reader app on the iPad and refresh the library. The transferred ePub file appears on the bookshelf.


  • Authorizing each eReader app is optional; however, choosing not to authorize the device will prevent you from downloading DRM-protected content purchased from the Sony Reader store into iTunes and the iPad.


  • Some DRM-protected books that are authorized for use on a single device may not be transferred to other devices. These permissions are set by the publisher and cannot be altered.

About the Author

Kammy Pow studied biological sciences at the University of California Irvine. She spent 13 years as a programmer for the financial, medical research, and healthcare sectors. She has been freelancing since 2005 and currently writes health-care related material and pens the occasional review for Southern California altweeklies.

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