How to download ebooks

Once you have completed a purchase, we will send you an initial email to confirm the order. It will take us around 5 minutes to generate the watermarked ebook after which we’ll send you a second email with download links to your ebooks. When the files are ready, you can also access them via the ‘My ebooks’ tab of your Profile page.

For device-specific instructions, please see below:

    1. Android
    2. iPad/iPhone
    3. PC & Mac
    4. Nook & other readers
    5. Kindle

 

1. Android

Most of our ebooks can be read on tablets and smartphones running Google’s Android operating system. To do so, you need to purchase the ePub version of a title and install an ePub-based reader, such as the Aldiko eReader detailed here.

Installing Aldiko on Your Android Device

There are several eReader programs available for Android devices, and one of the most popular is Aldiko. This is a free application that can read ebooks in the ePub format.

Aldiko is available in a free ad-supported version or a $2.99 ad-free version. To download Aldiko to your device, go to the Android Market and search for “aldiko”. Follow the onscreen instructions to install the application.

Note that as of version 2.0, Aldiko can read PDF files as well as ebooks (PDF and ePub) protected by Adobe DRM.

Purchasing and Downloading an ebook

Once you have completed a purchase, we will email you the download link for it. Once the watermarked ebook is generated, it will also be available via your Profile page (the ‘My ebooks’ tab). Use the link to download the ebook to your device. Once you have done that, you will need to add it to your Aldiko library on your Android phone. Begin by connecting your Android to your computer; a new drive for your phone should now appear in the My Computer window. (Mac users may require a few additional steps from the Status Bar to mount the phone on their desktop.)

Navigate to the Import folder in the file window for the Android. You can now copy the ebook file from its home on your computer to the ebooks/Import folder on the Android.

Disconnect your phone from your computer and open the Aldiko application. From the Aldiko’s Home screen, press your phone’s Menu button and then select Import. From the next menu, select Import again, then select OK. The new ebooks you just added will now be imported into the Aldiko application.

Reading an ebook with Aldiko

When you launch Aldiko on your Android phone, you see the Library, a virtual bookshelf that holds all your purchased titles. You can scroll through multiple bookshelves to view all the books you’ve downloaded. Tap a book cover to begin reading.

To turn to the next page in a book, swipe your finger across the current page to the left, or just tap the right side of the screen. To return to the previous page, swipe the page to the right, or tap the left side of the screen.

To jump to a specific section in the book, press the Menu button on your phone and select Contents. This displays the Table of Contents page; tap a chapter or section title to jump to that section of the book.

To search for a specific word or phrase, click the Menu button, click the More button, and select Search. When the Search screen appears, enter the term you’re looking for. All instances of the word or phrase are now listed; tap an instance to jump to that point in the book.

To change the size of the onscreen text, Click the Menu button and select Settings. From the Settings screen, tap Font Settings. You can then alter the point size and weight of the text, as well as the font family used to display the text.

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2. iPad/iPhone

Most of our ebooks can be read on Apple’s iPad and iPhone portable devices. To do so, you need to purchase the ePub or PDF version of a title and install iBooks or another eReader application on your device.

Other eReader Applications

While we focus on it in this section, iBooks isn’t the only eReader application for the iPad and iPhone. Other popular eReader applications include the following:

  • Stanza
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK
  • Amazon Kindle

Search the Apple App Store to download any of these applications.

Note that at the time of writing it was not possible to read ebooks purchased outside of the Amazon store or B&N store on any of the Kindle or NOOK apps, respectively (for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, or other devices). It is possible that future updates will change this. If this happens we will update these instructions to include the use of those apps. In the meantime ePub and PDF files purchased from our store can be read on the Kindle and NOOK devices themselves.

Installing iBooks on Your iPad or iPhone

There are several eReader applications available for the iPad and iPhone, but the most popular is iBooks. This is a free application developed by Apple for use on its iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices.

iBooks can read ebooks in both ePub and PDF formats. It is best suited, however, for reading ePub-format books, which flow automatically from page to page on your device’s screen. You can easily increase or decrease the size of the book’s text, and iBooks instantly reformats the pages accordingly.

To download iBooks to your device, go to the Apple App Store and search for “ibooks.” Follow the onscreen instructions to install the free application.

Purchasing and Downloading an ebook

Once you have completed a purchase, we will email you the download link for it. Once the watermarked ebook is generated, it will also be available via your Profile page (the ‘My ebooks’ tab). Use the link to download the ebook to your computer. Once you have done that, you will need to add it to your iTunes library and copy it to your iPad or iPhone. Open iTunes and select the Books library. Open the folder where you downloaded the ebook and drag the ebook file from that folder to the iTunes Books library. The next time you sync your iPad or iPhone to your computer, the new ebook will be copied to your portable device.

Reading an ebook with iBooks

When you launch iBooks on your iPad or iPhone, you see the Library, a virtual bookshelf that holds all your purchased titles. You can scroll through multiple bookshelves to view all the books you’ve downloaded. Tap a book cover to begin reading.

To turn to the next page, swipe your finger across the current page to the left. To return to the previous page, swipe the page to the right.

To jump to a specific section in the book, tap the Contents button. This displays the Table of Contents page; tap a chapter or section title to jump to that section of the book.

To search for a specific word or phrase, tap the Search (magnifying glass) button. When the Search screen appears, enter the term you’re looking for into the Search Book box, then tap the Search button. All instances of the word or phrase are now listed; tap an instance to jump to that point in the book.

To change the size of the onscreen text, tap the Fonts button to display the Fonts panel. Tap the small A to decrease the size of the text; tap the large A to increase the text size.

You can also change the font displayed onscreen. Tap the Fonts button to display the Fonts panel, then tap Fonts. This displays a list of available fonts; tap the one you want to use.

By default, iBooks displays all text against a bright white background. If you’d prefer a more muted sepia background, tap the Fonts button to display the Fonts panel, then tap the On/Off button in the Sepia section.

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3. PC/Mac

All of our ebooks can be read on any Windows, Linux or Macintosh computer. Several ebook file formats are available, each offering their own unique features.

Available File Formats

The nice thing about reading an ebook on your computer is that eReader software is available to let you read virtually any file format. You probably have some of these programs already installed on your computer; most other eReader programs are available for free downloading.

What ebook file formats can you read on your computer? The following table details the formats available in our store, the unique features of each file format, and what eReader applications are necessary to view each type of file.

ebook Format Can Be Viewed with These eReader Applications Unique Features
PDF Adobe Reader
Adobe Digital Editions
Exact reproduction of original printed page
Widespread availability
EPUB Adobe Digital Editions Text automatically flows from page to page
Easy to change font size and add bookmarks
Compatible with most mobile devices
Mobi (Kindle) Kindle for PC
Kindle for Mac
Text automatically flows from page to page
Easy to change font size and add bookmarks
Available only from Amazon.com

Because of their widespread availability, PDF and ePub are the most popular with personal computer users. Many users like the simplicity of PDF ebooks, which exactly reproduce the original printed page and can be viewed with the popular Adobe Reader software (or Adobe Digital Editions for DRM-protected PDFs). Other users prefer the versatility of the ePub format, which is designed especially for online reading, automatically flows the text from page to page, and lets you change the font size for easier viewing.

The ePub format is also compatible with most portable eReaders and other mobile devices. This means that you can download a single file and view that ebook on your computer, your Nook or iPad, and your iPhone or other smartphone.

Downloading and Reading a PDF ebook

Once you have completed a purchase, we will email you the download link for the PDF. Once the watermarked ebook is generated, it will also be available via your Profile page (the ‘My ebooks’ tab). Use the link to download the PDF to your machine. To view the PDF, you must have the Adobe Reader program installed on your computer, which you probably do already. If you need the Adobe Reader program, it’s free; just go to http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/ to download and install the latest version of the program.

You use the Adobe Reader program to view PDF ebooks. To read an ebook, launch Adobe Reader and select File, Open. When the Open dialog box appears, navigate to and select the ebook file, then click the Open button. The ebook now appears in the Adobe Reader window.

To turn to the next page in the ebook, press the Pg Dn button on your computer keyboard. To return to the previous page, press the Pg Up button. You can also advance to the next page by clicking the down arrow on the Adobe Reader toolbar; to return to the previous page, click the up arrow.

To search for a given word or phrase, enter that term into the Find box in the Adobe Reader toolbar, then press Enter. The first instance of that term is now displayed and highlighted onscreen. To view the next instance of that term , click the Find Next button in the toolbar. To return to the previous instance click the Find Previous button.

In addition, Adobe Reader displays a table of contents in the left sidebar. This may be a listing of the book’s chapters, or in some instances sections within chapters. To go directly to a given chapter or section, click that item in the table of contents.

To change the size of the ebook page, click the – or + buttons in the Adobe Reader toolbar. Click – to make the page smaller, or + to make it larger. You can also display the page full-width in the Adobe Reader window, by clicking the Page Width button in the toolbar. Or you can display the entire page onscreen by clicking the Full Page button.

Downloading and Reading an ePub ebook

The ePub format is gaining popularity, primarily because of its portability. You can download a single ePub file to your personal computer and then read that book on any number of other devices.

The ePub page isn’t exactly like the original printed page, as the document is adapted for the screen. The text automatically flows from page to page, no matter which text size you select.

Once you have completed a purchase, we will email you the download link for your ePub. Once the watermarked ebook is generated, it will also be available via your Profile page (the ‘My ebooks’ tab). Use the link to download the ePub to your device. To view the ePub, you must have a compatible eReader program installed on your computer. One of the most popular eReader programs for ePub books is Adobe Digital Editions. This program can read both ePub and PDF ebooks. You can download the program for free from http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/.

To read an ePub ebook with Adobe Digital Editions, that book must first be added to the program’s library. Click Library in the toolbar and select Add Item to Library; when the Select Items to Add to Library dialog box appears, navigate to and select the ePub file, then click the Open button. To open an ebook, click the Library View button in the toolbar then double-click the book in the main window.

To turn to the next page in the ebook, press the Pg Dn button on your computer keyboard. To return to the previous page, press the Pg Up button.

To search for a given word or phrase, enter that term into the Find box in the toolbar, then press Enter. The first instance of that term is now displayed and highlighted onscreen. To view the next instance of that term, click the Find Next button in the toolbar. To return to the previous instance click the Find Previous button.

In addition, Adobe Digital Editions displays a table of contents in the left sidebar. This may be a listing of the book’s chapters, or in some instances sections within chapters. To go directly to a given chapter or section, click that item in the table of contents.

To change the size of the onscreen text, click the Decrease Text Size or Increase Text Size buttons in the toolbar. The pages will be automatically reformatted to adjust to the new text size.

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4. Nook & Other eReaders

The Amazon Kindle isn’t the only eReader device on the market today. When you want to read an ebook on the go, you have your choice of the Barnes & Noble NOOK, Sony Reader, and other similar devices — many of which support the popular ePub and PDF formats. With these other readers you can buy books directly from online stores like ours or on the devices themselves. If you want to read ebooks purchased from our store, you have several options:

  • The watermarked ePub and PDF formats sold in our store can be transferred to your eReader by plugging it in directly to your computer.
  • The watermarked ePub and PDF formats sold in our store can be transferred to your eReader using an ebook management and conversion programs such as Calibre.
  • Note: At the time of writing, it was not possible to read books purchased outside of the B&N store on any of the NOOK apps (for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, or other devices). It is possible that a future update will change this. If this happens we will update these instructions to include the use of those apps.

Purchasing and Downloading ebooks in Our Store

Most of our books are offered in ePub, PDF and Mobi formats. To purchase, simply click the Buy button on a product page. Once you have completed a purchase, we will email you the download link for it. Once the watermarked ebook is generated, it will also be available via your Profile page (the ‘My ebooks’ tab). Use the link to download the ebook to your computer’s hard drive. Once on your Account page, all of the available formats for your purchased ebooks will be displayed as links. Click on the link of the appropriate format (either ePub or PDF for NOOK and Sony eReaders) to download the ebook to your computer. Be sure to remember where you save the file — you’ll need it when transferring the ebook to your device.

Transferring and Reading ebooks on Your NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet, NOOK Color, and NOOK Simple Touch with Glowlight

Once you’ve downloaded an ebook, you need to transfer it to your eReader device. Specific instructions for the NOOK Tablet / NOOK Color and NOOK follow.

NOOK HD / NOOK HD+

Several ways exist for you to load ebooks onto your NOOK HD or NOOK HD+ (called sideloading): by connecting your NOOK HD or NOOK HD+ to your PC or Mac and copying the files over; by copying the files to a MicroSD card and inserting that card into your NOOK HD or NOOK HD+; or by using a program on your PC for ebook management such as Calibre. We will explain how to sideload ebooks with your NOOK HD or NOOK HD+ connected directly to your computer. Basic instructions on using Calibre can be found below.

  • Connect your NOOK HD or NOOK HD+ to your computer using a USB cable. Microsoft Windows users will see the MyNOOK appear as a new drive in My Computer (you’ll see an additional drive if you have a MicroSD card inserted in your NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color). Mac users will see a MyNOOK drive on their desktop.
  • Note WINDOWS USERS: If this is the first time you have connected your NOOK HD or NOOK HD+ to your PC, Windows will automatically update any drivers. This allows the PC to communicate with the NOOK HD or NOOK HD+. When Windows is done updating the drivers, it will prompt you how to treat the device. Choose Open Device to View Files Using Windows Explorer.
  • The NOOK HD or NOOK HD+ will then appear in Windows Explorer as a drive labeled either as NOOK or by the model number: NOOK HD is BNTV400 and NOOK HD+ is BNTV600.
  • MAC USERS: If this is the first time you have connected your NOOK HD or NOOK HD+ to your Mac, you will see a NOOK drive on your desktop or in Finder. Open NOOK and double-click MyNOOK Setup. You are warned that this is a web application. Click Open, which downloads the MyNookSetup.dmg.zip file. Unzip the file and double-click the resulting file: MyNookSetup.dmg. A window appears. Double-click the MyNook Setup.mpkg file, which starts the Install MyNOOK Setup wizard. Click Continue. Review the Software License Agreement and click Continue. Click Agree. Click Install. Once the installation is complete, click Close. This one-time installation allows you to access the NOOK HD or NOOK HD+ to add files.
  • Copy the ePub file from its location on your computer to the My Files\Books folder in the MyNOOK window.
  • On your NOOK HD or NOOK HD+, from the Home screen, tap Library and then tap the Options and then tap Refresh to update your NOOK’s Books folder.

To read a book using a NOOK HD / NOOK HD+

  • From the Home screen, tap Library and then tap Books.
  • Search your library for the book or use any of the other library navigation methods
  • Tip: From the Home screen, you can type the title in the Search My NOOK box and then tap Return to do a quick search for the book.
  • Once you find the book, tap the cover to open it

To turn to the next page in the book, swipe the screen from right to left. To return to the previous page, swipe the screen from left to right. To change the size of the onscreen text, tap the reading screen, tap Text and tap the A text that matches the size of the font you would like.

NOOK Tablet / NOOK Color

There are multiple ways to load ebooks onto your NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color (called sideloading): by connecting your NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color to your PC or Mac and copying the files over; by copying the files to a MicroSD card and inserting that card into your NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color; or by using a program on your PC for ebook management such as Calibre. We will explain how to sideload ebooks with your NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color connected directly to your computer. Basic instructions on using Calibre can be found below.

  • Connect your NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color to your computer using a USB cable. Microsoft Windows users will see the MyNOOK appear as a new drive in My Computer (you’ll see an additional drive if you have a MicroSD card inserted in your NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color). Mac users will see a MyNOOK drive on their desktop.
  • Copy the ePub file from its location on your computer to the My Files\Books folder in the MyNOOK window.
  • On your NOOK Tablet or NOOK Color, from the Quick Nav Bar, tap Library and then tap the sync button to refresh your NOOK’s My Documents folder.

To read a book using a NOOK Tablet / NOOK Color

  • From the Quick Nav Bar, tap Library
  • Search your library for the book or use any of the other library navigation methods
  • Once you find the book, tap the cover to open it

To turn to the next page in the book, swipe the screen from right to left. To return to the previous page, swipe the screen from left to right. To change the size of the onscreen text, tap the reading screen, tap Text and tap the A text that matches the size of the font you would like.

NOOK

There are two ways to load ebooks onto your NOOK (called sideloading): by connecting your NOOK to your PC or Mac and copying the files over, or by copying the files to a MicroSD card and inserting that card into your NOOK. We will explain how to sideload ebooks with your NOOK connected directly to your computer.

  • Connect your NOOK to your computer using a USB cable. Microsoft Windows users will see the NOOK appear as a new drive in My Computer (you’ll see an additional drive if you have a MicroSD card inserted in your NOOK). Mac users will see a NOOK drive on their desktop.
  • Copy the ePub file from its location on your computer to the My Files\Books folder in the NOOK window.
  • On your NOOK, tap from the Quick Nav bar, tap Library and tap the sync button to refresh your NOOK’s My Documents folder.

Note that the covers of sideloaded books will not be displayed in the Library.

To read an ebook on the NOOK

  • From the Quick Nav bar, tap Library
  • Browse to your book and then tap the cover

To turn to the next page in the book, swipe from right to left on the touchscreen. To return to the previous page, swipe from left to right on the touchscreen. To change the size of the onscreen text, tap the touchscreen and then tap Text. Tap the letter A in the menu that appears to adjust the text size. Tap the x button or the page of the ebook where text appears to return to reading.

Another easy way to manage the ebooks on your NOOK is to use a free ebook management software for your PC such as Calibre. These programs will allow you to transfer ebooks to and from your NOOK as well as read non DRM-protected files on your computer. Basic instructions on using Calibre can be found below.

Transferring and Reading ebooks on Your Sony Reader

    • Open the Reader Library software and connect your Reader to your PC or Mac with a USB cable.
    • Sign in to your Reader Store account.
    • Within the Reader Library, locate the purchased ePub file on your hard drive.
    • Drag your ebook from your Library to the “Reader” icon located in the left nav area of the Reader Library software.
    • Click on the Reader icon to verify that your new book has successfully transferred to your device.
    • Once confirmed, you can now disconnect the USB cable and read your book on your eReader.

Using Calibre to Load Files to Your NOOK, NOOK Tablet, NOOK Color, or Sony Reader

Calibre is a program that helps manage the library of ebooks on your computer. You can download it from http://calibre-ebook.com/download. You can find more complete instructions on its use at http://calibre-ebook.com/user_manual/.

Transferring ebooks to different devices in Calibre is fairly simple. There are more detailed settings that allow customization and personalization, but we’ll stick to the basics here.

  • Download and install Calibre.
  • Launch Calibre.
  • Click “Add books” and browse the directory to which you downloaded your ebook files (ePub and/or PDF). The files will appear in list view in the main window (Library).
  • Connect your eReader device (NOOK, NOOK Tablet, NOOK Color, or Sony Reader) to your PC via USB cable.
  • To transfer the new files to your eReader, highlight the files you wish to have on your eReader and click the “Send to device” button at the top of the window and select your device. Or, alternately, drag your file from your Library onto the “Device” button at the top.

Note: Do not run the Sony Reader Library software at the same time as Calibre. If you wish to use both programs, be sure to only use one at a time. It is recommended that you disconnect your eReader from your computer when you are finished using one program before starting the other.


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5. Kindle

Our ebooks can be read on Amazon’s line of Kindle readers, including both the Kindle Fire and the eInk versions (Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard, and Kindle DX). Many of the ebooks on our website are available in MOBI, a native Kindle format. If you prefer the watermarked PDF version of an ebook, you can also read them on most Kindles.

A Note About Formats: Since the MOBI format is Kindle native, you can change font options (including size), make notes, and highlight text. PDFs, however, are faithful representations of the print book. Therefore you cannot adjust the font sizes or make notes when reading PDFs on a Kindle.

There are two ways to get an ebook purchased from our website onto your Kindle:

  • You can easily transfer a MOBI or watermarked PDF to your Kindle via USB. You’ll learn how to do this in the “Transferring the ebook to Your Kindle via USB” section below.
  • Using Amazon’s Kindle Personal Documents Service, you can email either MOBI or PDF files to your Kindle (some fees may apply). You’ll learn how to do this in the “Using the Kindle Personal Documents Service” section below.

This guide will assist you in loading your ebooks to your Kindle using both of the above methods after purchase.

Purchasing and Downloading an ebook

Most of our books are offered in ePub, PDF and Mobi formats. To purchase, simply click the Buy button on a product page. After completing the purchase process, the file will be available on your Account page for downloading.

Once on your Account page, all of the available formats for your purchased ebooks will be displayed as links. Click on the link of the appropriate format (either MOBI or PDF) to download the ebook to your computer. Be sure to remember where you save the file — you’ll need it when transferring the ebook to your Kindle.

Transferring the ebook to Your Kindle via USB

Once you’ve downloaded the MOBI or PDF file to your computer, it is simple to get it onto either your eInk Kindle or Kindle Fire using the following steps:

  • Locate the USB cable that came with your Kindle. Plug one end into your Kindle and the other into a USB port on your computer.
  • Your Kindle enters into USB Drive mode. A drive labeled “KINDLE” will appear on your computer (On Windows it’ll be in “My Computer,” and on OS X it appears on the Desktop).
  • Double-click the KINDLE drive
  • Copy the MOBI or PDF files (that you downloaded in the “Purchasing and Downloading an ebook” section above) into the “Documents” folder on the new KINDLE drive on your computer.
  • Follow your operating system’s proper procedure for safely removing hardware/ejecting the KINDLE drive, and unplug your Kindle from your computer.

Your books are now in your Books library on your Kindle Fire (PDFs are stored in the “Docs” library) or the home screen on your eInk Kindle. Enjoy!

Using the Kindle Personal Documents Service

Transferring an ebook to your Kindle via USB saves the file directly to that particular device. If you have multiple Kindles, or use the Kindle app on your smartphone or tablet computer in addition to a physical Kindle, ebooks transferred via USB will not be available across all of your Kindles without repeating the transfer process for each device. Amazon’s Kindle Personal Documents Service allows you to email an ebook to your Kindle, making it available to all of your Kindles. Any file sent to your Kindle using this service will also sync your current location, notes, and highlights across Kindles.

Note: Amazon offers this service for free only when the personal documents are delivered to your device via WiFi. If you have an eInk Kindle that uses Amazon’s Whispernet 3G service and is not connected to a WiFi network, you might be charged for the document delivery. See this page on Amazon’s website for the list of fees.

To transfer ebooks to your Kindle(s) using the Kindle Personal Documents Service, follow these steps:

  • First you have to authorize an email address from which your Kindle can receive documents. Go to the Personal Document Settings section of the Manage Your Kindle page on Amazon’s website to set an Approved Personal Document e-mail address (consult Amazon’s documentation for the exact directions).
  • Create an email message from your authorized email address and attach the MOBI or PDF files that you downloaded in the “Purchasing and Downloading an ebook” section above.
  • Send the email to your Kindle’s email address. (You’ll find this email address on the Manage Your Kindle page by clicking on “Manage your Devices” in the “Your Kindle Account” section. Each of your Kindles will be listed along with their associated email address.)
  • When you next connect your Kindle to a WiFi network, your ebook will appear either on the home screen (eInk Kindles) or your Docs library (Kindle Fire).
  • The emailed ebook is also stored in Amazon’s cloud, which makes it available in the Archive folder on an eInk Kindle and the Cloud section of the Docs library on a Kindle Fire (and the various Kindle apps for smartphones, tablets, and computers).

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