How do I load my eBook to my Reading device?
For the iPad:
IMPORTANT! In order to get your ebooks correctly saved on your iPad, you MUST first download your ebook to the computer with which you have synced your iPad with iTunes. To our knowledge, as of the writing of this document, there is not yet a method for you to purchase and then download our ebooks using JUST your iPad.
For your Sony reader:
For your Amazon Kindle
If you have a Kindle from Amazon your best bet is to use the .MOBI format, an Amazon Kindle Friendly format.
After purchasing your eBook please follow these five easy steps to upload onto your kindle.
Your new .MOBI eBook should now be visible along with your other eBooks in the home screen.
You can also use the PDF format on your Kindle. Since you can download all formats at the same price you can try both formats and see which you like the best.
For your Amazon Kindle Fire
The steps above for loading your ebooks to Amazon Kindle still apply. Please note the following differences with Kindle Fire:
For your Kobo or Barnes & Noble Nook
UPDATE - Feb 10, 2012
With the new Nook OS, it is no longer necessary to use ADE to load your ebooks.
Using the USB cable, connect the nook to your PC or Mac to mount the Nook as a removable drive (entitled ‘media’). Drag and drop your files to the folder entitled ‘Digital editions’. Eject the drive properly, and disconnect.
Now your files show up under Library/My stuff/media/Digital Editions
Is your device missing from this list above?
If your device is missing from the above list, it doesn't mean that it's not possible to get your PDF format or ePUB format eBook loaded to your reader. It just means that we haven't tested your specific device.
The first thing to try is to plug your device in to your computer using a USB cable that is provided by your eReader manufacturer. If the device shows up on your computer as a hard-drive or SD card, you may be able to transfer supported file-types directly to the device using your computer's file manager. The specific location of where to place the ebook files will depend on the file structure of the device.
For specific instructions or details on what file-types are supported by your device, we suggest that you consult the user manual that came with your eReader device or contact the manufacturer for assistance.
Still having trouble?
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Tips for Choosing an E-reader
With so many options and features to choose from, finding the right e-reader can seem overwhelming, especially if you want to give one as a gift.
Features vary widely for each e-reader, so it's good to be prepared before you go. Here's a list of questions to ask yourself before you head to the store.
Once you know what you're looking for, we recommend doing a comparison of the different products on the market that have the features you want. One reliable technology review website is CNET, and you can find the most up-to-date e-reader comparison chart on Wikipedia.
Note: E-readers tend to fall into two categories: e-ink readers and LCD tablets. The differences between the two are outlined below. The most popular brands of e-readers and tablets are Amazon's Kindle, Apple's iPad, and Barnes & Noble's Nook, Google, Kobo (by Indigo/Chapters), Samsung and Sony also get good reviews. There are also a number of tablets made by Android manufacturers.
Questions to ask yourself before you shop for an e-reader:
Price: How much do you want to spend?
E-readers are getting more affordable all the time, with the most wallet-friendly option being the Amazon Kindle at $69 USD. Tablets, with a greater breadth of features, cost significantly more than e-ink readers. Here are the price ranges for the three types of e-readers you can buy (from CNET)
1. Black-and-white e-ink readers ($69 to $150)
2. 7-inch color LCD media tablets ($200 to $250)
3. Full-size color tablets like the iPad (most $400 and above).
Usage: Do you just want to read books, or do you want a device that can do more?
This is a pivotal factor when choosing an e-reader. For the most part, people who just want to read books or the occasional newspaper or magazine tend to choose e-ink readers. The price point is lower, and the reading experience is closer to that of a physical book (see Display below). In contrast, LCD tablets are more multi-purpose: in addition to being able to read digital books, many tablets give you access to a web browser, calendar and email services, your music library, and a selection of applications, such as games, online magazines, digital tools and more. Within the tablet category, the range of applications can vary considerably; if this is a priority for you, look closely at what each e-reader can do.
Display: Do you prefer e-ink or an LCD screen?
This decision may depend partly on how you use your e-reader (see Usage above), but there is a major difference between reading on an e-ink screen and an LCD screen. As this is really a personal preference, we recommend you try out both options in a store. The best choice for you will depend partly on how you use your e-reader (see above), but also on your eyesight and the conditions in which you'll be using your e-reader.
LCD Screens: An LCD screen is colourful, vivid and displays images well – an LCD screen brings rich content to life. Readers who love magazines, children's books, or any image-heavy texts get a lot of value from an LCD screen. If you are reading in bed, an LCD screen provides its own light, but some people find that the glow of a backlit screen bothers their eyes over time. You can read more about eyestrain and e-readers here). Also, an LCD display isn't practical for reading in bright light as you'll get a lot of glare on your screen.
E-ink (or electronic paper display) screens are black and white. The reading experience is similar to reading a printed page, which appeals to many avid readers. If you find that your eyes tire easily with an LCD screen, or much of your reading time is outside, an e-ink screen may be more practical for you. If you read at night, you can now find e-ink readers with built-in lighting, such as the Kindle Paperwhite, Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, or the Kobo Glo. You can also purchase e-reader cases with built-in lighting, or clip-on lights for your e-reader.
Content: What file formats will you want to download?
ePub, Mobi, AZW, pdf…these terms refer to the types of files that an e-reader will support. Every e-reader has different file formats that can and cannot be downloaded, so before buying an e-reader, make sure you have a clear understanding of what types of books you can download on that device, and whether you are limited to books from one store. This isn't necessarily a problem for many readers, but it is important to know what you are getting yourself into. This article from the Guardian explains the differences between the different file formats quite well This article from The Guardian ; and this table compares file format restrictions for most popular e-readers. Please note: Canadian readers are not able to access Barnes & Noble's ebook library (for the Nook e-reader)
At EBooksBridge most of our books are available in epub, pdf, and mobi files. When you buy a new ebook from us, you can get your ebook in all of the formats, so if you upgrade to a new device you'll still be able to access your book. Read more about our books' file formats on our ebooks FAQ page
Size: Portability or readability?
Do you prefer a compact e-reader that stows easily in a purse or one with a large screen that is easier on the eyes? The best way to make this decision is by trying out different screen sizes in the store. Consider where and when you'll be using your e-reader, and try to test out e-readers by looking at reading materials that are close to what you usually read (magazines, books, email, or websites). Remember to consider the weight of each device as well, with and without a cover.
Battery Life: How long do you want your e-reader to last between charges?
E-ink readers come out on top of tablets in this category, with some readers lasting as long as two weeks between charges. If you travel frequently, the length of a battery charge might be a key factor for you.
Memory/Storage Capacity: How much do you need?
Storage capacity is often a key factor for travellers. Storage capacity varies widely among e-readers, with top-end e-readers ranging from 2GB to 64 GB. Most ebooks are around 1 MB, so 2GB is plenty of storage for many people. That said, interactive books and magazines require more storage than books that are mostly plain text, and f you are planning on storing music, video or photos on a tablet you'll need much more space. Some e-readers have the added flexibility of removable storage, so if you are going on an extended trip and need more space, you can load books and other content on multiple SD cards.
Internet Connection: Is wireless enough, or do you need a 3G or 4G connection?
Some lower-end e-readers (under $100) don't have a wireless connection, so you'll need to use a USB cable to connect them to your computer in order to download books, which can be inconvenient. Today, many e-readers on the market can use a wireless internet connection, so you can easily download new documents or browse the internet from home, work, or a café. If you want internet access outside of wireless areas, some newer e-readers come with a 3G or 4G cellular connection. 3G or 4G access comes with a price, though: you'll need to pay for a monthly contract with a cellular company, and 3G or 4G e-readers are more expensive than their wireless-only counterparts.
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