Friday, July 8, 2016

Conquering Ereaders – Where and How to Download Ebooks


Confused much?

Confused about where or how to download ebooks to your specific device? I think we all are, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to write this post to begin with. The goal of this article is to teach you the ins and outs of downloading ebooks so you can get back to doing what you love - reading. You'll also learn which devices are compatible with each major retailer. Let’s get started:


Kindle: Kindles are made by Amazon, so all you have to do is visit a book's page on Amazon and click "Buy now with 1-Click." You can also choose a specific device to send the ebook, as well as purchase books directly through your Kindle via the Kindle store.  

The downside of Kindle is that you can't purchase ebooks from many other vendors besides Amazon. Why? Because other vendors encrypt their ebooks, then provide an app to download their books on other devices. Kindles do read MOBI files though, so it is possible to get MOBI files directly from publishers or authors and load them onto your Kindle. You can also download ebooks from Smashwords to your Kindle. Here’s how:
  • Download the MOBI file from Smashwords. Plug your Kindle into your computer with the USB cable. Your Kindle will appear on your computer. Drag the MOBI file to your Kindle's "documents" folder. After you disconnect, the book will appear in your library. Yay!
  • You can also email the MOBI file to your Kindle email address. To get your Kindle's email address, visit "Manage Your Content and Devices" on Amazon's website and click the Settings tab. Near the bottom, under "Personal Document Settings," you'll see a list of your devices and the emails assigned to them. Note: Be sure that the email you're sending from is on the "Approved Personal Document E-mail List." This list can be edited on the same page you found the email address. 



Nook: Compatible with ebooks from Barnes & Noble. You can download ebooks directly from your Nook, or online at Barnes & Noble. What’s compatible? Let’s find out:
  • Amazon: Currently, only Nook HD and Nook HD+ can be used to read ebooks from Amazon. Through the Play Store, search for the Amazon Kindle app and use it to read books from Amazon. 
  • Google Play: You can transfer ebook files from your computer to your Nook, but first you'll need to download Adobe Digital Editions onto your computer. If the book is DRM protected, you'll need to authorize your computer and sign in. If you don't have an Adobe ID, you can create one for free. Leave it at "Adobe ID." After you’ve purchased your ebook, go to “My Books” on Google Play and download an EPUB of the book you want. Connect your Nook to your computer with the USB cable. Authorize your device by right-clicking on it and selecting "Authorize Device." Drag the book from where it was downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions to the Nook. Unfortunately, this method will not work for Kindle.
  • Smashwords: Visit Smashwords and download the EPUB file of your ebook. Connect your Nook to your computer. Drag the EPUB file to the "documents" folder, disconnect your Nook, and start reading! 
  • Kobo: Download Adobe Digital Editions onto your computer and follow the prompts. Plug in your Nook, authorize it, then drag the downloaded EPUB file to the Nook. Voila! 

iPhones and iPads: You can easily download ebooks from iTunes using the iBooks app. Whoohoo! Here’s how: 
  • Amazon: Download the Amazon Kindle app from the iTunes store. Download ebooks from Amazon through the app, or sync other ebooks you've bought from Amazon. 
  • Barnes & Noble: Download the Nook app from the Apple store. You can download books from the app or directly from Barnesandnoble.com. 
  • Google Play: Download the Google Play Books app from the Apple store. You will need to sign in to your Google account. Your books will automatically be synced across your devices, including your computer, and you can download books directly in the app. 
  • Kobo: Download the Kobo Reading App from the Apple store. Sign in to sync your books across devices.
  • Smashwords: Go to Smashwords.com and sign in to your account. Download the book as an EPUB file. Open in iBooks.   

Macs: Macs use iBooks. You can download ebooks from iTunes as well, or from these retailers:
  • Amazon: Download Amazon Kindle for Mac. Download books from the app or sync books you've purchased on Amazon. 
  • Barnes & Noble: Read Nook books in the web browser of your Mac with Nook for Web. 
  • Google Play: Download Adobe Digital Editions to view books from Google Play on your Mac. Authorize your computer and sign in. You can also read Google Play books directly in your web browser. 
  • From Kobo: Download and install Kobo Desktop for Mac. Sign in. Your Kobo books will then be synced across your devices.
  • Smashwords: Download Adobe Digital Editions to read the EPUB file of your desired ebook. You can also get the MOBI file from Smashwords and read it using your Kindle. Just drag the file to the Kindle folder that Amazon Kindle created when you installed it.

PC's: Check out these awesome options for reading ebooks on your PC: 
  • Amazon: Download Amazon Kindle for your PC. Download books from the app or sync books. 
  • Barnes & Noble: Download the Nook App to your PC. You can also read Nook books in your browser using Nook for Web. 
  • Google Play: Download Adobe Digital Editions. You can also read Google Play books directly in your web browser. 
  • Smashwords: Download Adobe Digital Editions to read the EPUB file of your desired ebook. You can also get a MOBI file from Smashwords and use your Kindle to read it. Drag the file to the Kindle folder. You can even download a PDF or RTF file from Smashwords to read on your PC. 
  • Kobo: Download and install Kobo Desktop for PC. Sign in. All of your Kobo books, including bookmarks, and notes will be synced.

Confused Much? Uh, yeah! I think we are all a little confused by ereaders, especially with all of the possibilities described above, but hopefully these tips helped you somewhat. If you want to keep things easy, I recommend just downloading your ebooks from the vendor that makes your device. For example, if you have a Kindle, go to Amazon and download your ebooks there. As you get more comfortable and want to obtain your books elsewhere but still read on a specific device, try experimenting with the above. Questions? Comments? Share below.