If I don’t have an ereader, can I still get books on my Mac?
Are you wondering if you’re still able to read ebooks if you don’t have an ebook, tablet, or phone? Or, perhaps you just prefer reading on your computer? Well, you’re in luck. Like the other Apple devices, Macs use Apple Books, so you can download ebooks from iTunes. The other platforms available to other Apple devices are available to Macs as well—Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Smashwords, and Kobo. Let’s get to it!
Amazon to Mac
Download Amazon Kindle for Mac to read ebooks from Amazon. You can now download books from the Kindle app or sync books you’ve previously bought on Amazon to your Mac.
Barnes & Noble to Mac
You can read Nook books in the web browser of your Mac with Nook for Web.
Google Play to Mac
You can read Google Play books directly in your web browser.
If you plan on reading books from Google Play on your Mac when you’re offline, you’ll need to download Adobe Digital Editions. Follow the prompts to authorize your computer and sign in. (If you don’t have an Adobe ID, you can create one for free.) You can then download the EPUB file from Google Play and read it on Adobe Digital Editions any time, even if you are not online.
Smashwords to Mac
As always, Smashwords allows you to download several different files to read on your Mac.
- You can download Adobe Digital Editions to read the EPUB file of your desired ebook from Smashwords.
- You can also get the MOBI file from Smashwords and read it using Amazon Kindle for Mac, which was mentioned previously. For this to work, you’ll need to drag the file to the Kindle folder that Amazon Kindle created when you installed it.
- Finally, you can also download a PDF or RTF file from Smashwords to read on your Mac.
Kobo to Mac
Download and install Kobo Desktop for Mac. Sign in, and your Kobo books, bookmarks, and notes will be synced between all your devices.
Now you know your options for downloading ebooks onto your Mac. To learn how to download ebooks on other types of devices, check out our full blog: Everything You Need to Know About How to Download eBooks on Any Device.