[3 Methods] How to Back Up Kobo Books to Your Computer

Kobo account is the key to access the eBooks that you have already purchased from Kobo.com. When you log in to your account on Kobo eReader, or a smartphone, desktop, tablet using the free Kobo apps, the books will be synced from the cloud and cached on your device for offline reading.

But as you buy more and more from Kobo, look at the bunch of expensive eBooks, are you worried that one day, all the books will become non-downloadable? I will, if I have so many books. I would like to get more control over my eBooks, not just store them on Kobo’s cloud server, and also make some backup on my own computer – a calmer, safer place.

It’s not tough to do that. You just need a group of software programs. These are the tools mentioned in the below article:

Download ACSM and Back Up Kobo Books using Adobe Digital Editions

This way saves your Kobo books on PC/Mac as real eBooks – EPUB format files, but it won’t remove Adobe DRM protection.

The general process is to download a Kobo book as an ACSM file (Adobe Content Server Message file). Open the file with Adobe Digital Editions, and that will automatically start the process of downloading into EPUB.

Step 1. ADE Installation

Download & install Adobe Digital Editions on your PC or Mac.

Step 2. Download Kobo ACSM Files

Log in to your Kobo account, click “My Account” in the upper right corner, and select “My Books”, or visit the link: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/library.

Click the three-dots of the book you want to download and tap the button. Kobo doesn’t allow bulk downloads, so you can only download one by one (if you have lots of books, it’s a nightmare).

All downloaded files will have the file name “URLLink” with .acsm extension. You can’t tell which book it is.

Download ACSM Files from Kobo Website

Step 3. Open ACSM and Authorize

Since Adobe Digital Editions is associated with .acsm, double-click the ACSM file and ADE will start automatically. The next step is to authorize the device with your Adobe ID. Create one if you don’t have one. After the authorization is completed, the download will start.

Authorize Adobe Digital Editions to Open Kobo ACSM File

Download Kobo EPUB Books to Computer

Step 4. Browse the Backup Path of Kobo EPUB Books

The Kobo book is already on your computer. The location is as follows:

C:\Users\UserName\Documents\My Digital Editions

Or, you can right-click the Kobo book and select “Show File in Explorer”. It will open the same path.

Open the Backup Path of Kobo EPUB Books

As we mentioned before, the downloaded EPUB files are DRM-protected, which are tied into your Adobe ID. They can’t be opened by other programs. They can’t be copied and printed.

Remove Kobo DRM with Calibre plus Obok_plugin

By using this method, you can back up Kobo books as DRM-free EPUB files. These files do not carry any restrictions. They are completely under your control!

Calibre is a comprehensive e-book management software. The most noteworthy feature is the ability to install various plugins, one of which is Obok_plugin.

Step 1. Download the Necessary Tools

  • calibre
  • DeDRM tools
  • Kobo desktop app

Step 2. Login Your Account on Kobo Desktop

Launch Kobo for PC or Kobo for Mac on your computer, and then log in to your Kobo account, tap the book and it will start downloading.

Where are Kobo books stored on the PC?

C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Kobo\Kobo Desktop Edition\kepub

Step 3. Add Obok_plugin to calibre

Open calibre, click on “Preferences” > “Plug-ins” > “Load plug-in from file”, and then here’s the critical part – select Obok_plugin.zip to open. You don’t need to unzip it. After applying, restart calibre.

Load DeDRM Obok Plugin to calibre

Step 4. Use oBoK DeDRM to Back up Kobo Books

Now Kobo DRM removal plugin must have already been installed. Click on it and you can select which book you want to back up.

Back up Kobo Books with oBoK DeDRM

Convert Kobo Books to Normal ePub/PDF/Mobi/AZW3 in One Click

Calibre + DeDRM tools are undoubtedly great, and they are free to use, but this does not mean that some paid tools have no worth. If you want a better experience, a more convenient usage, you can try this – Epubor Ultimate.

Epubor Ultimate:

  • Easier to use.
  • No need to load plug-ins.
  • Update faster.
  • Comprehensive customer support: live chat, ticket, email.
  • In addition to Kobo, it supports the decryption & conversion of Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK, Adobe Digital Editions, and more.
  • Focus on e-book decryption for 10+ years.

Download the free trial here. The free trial allows us to convert 20% of each book.
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There are three ways to use this program. I personally think that the first two will be more convenient because you don’t have to download ACSM from Kobo.com. The next steps are written according to “Method 1”.

  • Method 1. Download Kobo books with Kobo Desktop, and click on “Kobo” in Epubor Ultimate.
  • Method 2. Connect your Kobo eReader with your computer, and click on “eReader” in Epubor Ultimate.
  • Method 3. Download Kobo books with Adobe Digital Editions, and click on “Adobe” in Epubor Ultimate.

Step 1. Install Kobo Desktop and Download the Books

Download Kobo Desktop from here, install it, launch it, log in with your Kobo account, and your books will start to download. If it does not start automatically, tap the download icon in the lower right corner of the book.

Download Kobo Books on PC/Mac with Kobo Desktop

Step 2. Click on the Kobo Tab to Back up Your Books

Launch Epubor Ultimate and click on “Kobo”. Here you will see all the downloaded books. Drag the wanted one(s) to the right pane and click on “Convert to EPUB” (or select another output format).

Back Up Kobo Books with Epubor Ultimate

In just two simple steps, you have successfully backed up the books with Epubor Ultimate.
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Susanna is the content manager and writer of Filelem. She has been an experienced editor and book layout designer for many years, and interested in trying and testing various productivity software. She is also a huge fan of Kindle, who has been using Kindle Touch for nearly 7 years and carrying Kindle almost wherever she goes. Not long ago the device was at the end of its life so Susanna happily bought a Kindle Oasis.

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