What is an eBook?
Simply put, an ebook is a digital version of a printed book. Many publishers are now offering ebook versions of their new releases, some past publications, and even some books that are only being released in ebook version only.
Ebooks allow you to expand your reading collection, without using up all your shelf space in your home. Reading while traveling has never been easier. I no longer have to lug around a suitcase full of reads to read during vacations.
What eBook formats are compatible with my Kindle?
One question I often get on our Facebook page is about what format of eBooks to download on other sites to work with the Kindle. Often sites that sell eBooks or offer free eBook downloads will make them available in a multitude of formats. You just have to choose which format you want to download the selected title in when choosing download file. Mobipocket (.mobi) is one of the most commonly found Kindle ready file types.
Currently the Kindle supports the following formats:
and most recently .pdf files.
If you have an eBook in another format, such as .epub or .lit, you can use a eBook conversion software such as the one offered by Calibre here. It is able to convert most eBook files to the different compatible formats. It is one of my personal favorites and doubles as an organization tool on your computer to keep all your eBooks.
How can I read an eBook?
EBooks can be read in many different ways. Depending on the file type for the ebook (i.e. pdf, mobi, etc), you can read it directly on your PC or MAC computer. New ereading apps, such as the Kindle app from Amazon.com, now allow you to access their ebook library on your PC, MAC, laptop, tablet, palm pilot, iTouch, and most cell phones that have a marketplace technology. The most popular tool in reading eBooks has been in the rise of eReaders available on the market, such as the Kindle by Amazon.com.
How can I put eBooks that are not from Amazon on my Kindle?
The easiest way to transfer eBooks that you have downloaded on your computer is to hook your Kindle up to your PC or MAC via the USB cord and jack.
All you have to do is plug in cord like seen above to your Kindle’s USB charge port and plug the other end into your USB cord on PC or MAC. This will also charge your kindle but you will unable to use the Kindle or Kindle features unless you go to your control panel under “Computer” section then right click on Kindle device icon. This will produce a drop down menu which you need to select “eject”. This will allow you to share content or use Kindle’s features while it is plugged in to the computer.
Now that you are all plugged in and ready to go, double click on the Kindle device icon in your folder. This will pull up a folder screen of subfolder and files you have already on your kindle. Unless you want to delete content from your kindle or transfer files from kindle to your computer, you don’t need to worry about messing with those right now.
Now also open the destination folder where you have saved your downloaded eBooks. Most computers will save to a “downloads” folder unless you specify something different. When you find the files that you want to load onto your Kindle, you just have to simple click their icon or file name and drag into the Kindle folder as a destination. Voila! It will copy the eBook directly onto your Kindle within seconds to a minute depending on how many files you are dragging at same time or the size of the files.
Once the files are done transferring, you can unplug Kindle. Check to make sure everything transferred the way you want before you shut the folders open on your desktop. Every once in awhile I find a file or two I missed and it’s easier to check now than come back later and redo.
That’s it! You should be ready to read your newly uploaded eBooks immediately. I store most of my eBooks on my computer as 1. I have too many and 2. the more eBooks you have in memory on your kindle, the slower it can move. I hope this helped. I’m not really technical and I got it after the first time or two.