Learn how to export your library as a Windows Desktop App.

Why export as a Desktop App?

If you'd like to enable offline access for your users, you need to do so before your libraries are exported.

Exporting your ebook as a Desktop App allows your readers to view your book from their computers. Instructional ebooks, particularly ones with complex diagrams are better viewed on a wide screen. That's why desktop apps are commonly used in schools, training centers, libraries etc.


This format will run on all Windows machines including older ones. If you are targeting 64-bit Windows machines, exporting to Windows 64-bit may give a better performance and hence user experience. For larger coverage of your distribution, we advise exporting to both formats. When exporting to Windows Desktop, you will be given a collection of files, including an executable (.exe) file named accordingly. You may add a Windows icon (.ico file) to provide better branding for your application. The ebook can be run by simply double-clicking on the executable file.

To export desktop apps:

  1. Click on the Manage tab.

    The Manage screen will open.

  2. Click on Libraries in the left panel.

  3. Select your library from the drop-down menu in the top bar. 

  4. Select the Export tab. 

  5. Click on the Export Desktop App tab. 
    (This will allow you the choice of two different platforms: Windows and Macintosh.)

  6. Fill in an Application Name.

  7. Add an App logo if you'd like to create a shortcut icon for your desktop app.
  8. Choose Windows.
  9. Click on Create to choose where you want to save it, then Save.
  • Optimize will help you decrease the size of your ebook by removing unused images and files. If you've manually added images through the file manager and will access them using Javascript, you shouldn't optimize your ebook.
If you want to distribute your ebook app privately or for sale, you'll need Kotobee Cloud Services. For more information on this feature, please refer to Understand Cloud Ebooks.