Sunday, February 5, 2012

You Don't Need an E-Reader to read an E-Book!

Really! You would be surprised how many people don't know this. I have received a few emails lately asking if my books were in print as they would like to read them! *happy dance*

Unfortunately, I had to reply "No, digital form only."  Also they were surprised when I told them they could read e-books on any computer or device with a free download of say, 'Adobe Digital Editions.' They were shocked.

I'm no expert, so I thought I would look into this more as I don't have an e-reader myself. Though, I did win a Kindle from a blog hop in late December and still do not have it yet. *sigh*

Let's start with Adobe Digital Editions.

  • Interface designed for digital reading
  • Fast, free download
  • Standalone installer
  • Content portability
  • Support for Sony® Reader
  • Powerful markup features
  • Support for PDF and EPUB, a reflow-centric XHTML-based format
  • Support for borrowing eBooks
Go here: Adobe Digital Editions
Click Launch.
Follow installation instructions.
Download Epub or PDF version of the file above. 
Open the ADE.  Click Library.  Choose add item to library.
A window will pop up.  Click your downloaded file.

You can install this free download on any computer (desktop, laptop) or compatible tablet or phone.(caution, not all phones and devices support all free e-reader applications, check your specs)

After you buy your e-books from the publisher website or any third party site, follow the directions above and you are reading!

Now you ask, 'I want to buy a bunch of e-book from Amazon, don't you need a Kindle to read anything you buy from there? '  Nope, Kindle has a free app!

Kindle App

Top Features (courtesy of Amazon Website):
  • Get the best reading experience available on your PC. No Kindle required
  • Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you
  • Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
  • Create new highlights, notes, and bookmarks and manage those created on your Kindle
  • Search for words or phrases within the book you’re reading
  • Use the built-in dictionary to seamlessly look up the definitions of English words without interrupting your reading.
  • Full screen reading view, color modes, and brightness controls offer an immersive reading experience
  • Real page numbers for thousands of books in the Kindle Store. Now you can easily reference and cite passages, and read alongside others in a book club or class.

  • Support for collections allows you to take control of your Kindle library and organize your books with ease.
  • Book Extras by Shelfari. Access character descriptions, important places, popular quotations, themes, and book-specific glossaries from Shelfari, the community-powered encyclopedia for book-lovers.
  • Support for Print Kindle Replica content, which look like the corresponding print book with words and images in the position corresponding to the print edition. See more detail on Print Replica content here.
  • Support for reading most PDF files within the Kindle application, including functionality such as zoom and pan, highlighting, note taking, dictionary lookup, and bookmarks.
Go here: Kindle PC or here: Kindle for Mac
Download Kindle App.
Download the Kindle, prc format of the file above.
Double click the file.

Heck, you don't even need to download the Free Kindle App, Amazon now has the KINDLE CLOUD READER.  Kindle Cloud Reader allows you to read Kindle books on a Windows PC or Mac using the Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari web browsers, on Linux computers using Google Chrome or Firefox, and on an iPad using the Safari web browser. Click HERE for more details.

So what about all the different formats? Well, just about every e-reader supports their own platforms. If you buy a book at the Kindle store, you will not be able to read it on a NOOK or Kobo e-reader. *sigh* All due to Digital Rights Management. It is muddled and confusing and I would certainly do a lot of homework before buying an e-reader. But if you want to take e-books for a test drive, look on the internet for any of the free apps available to suit your needs.

I know I am barely scratching the surface here, I will do some more posts later as I learn myself. Digital books are here to stay.~


  1. ~ Thank you so much for that,I was wondering the same thing as a good friend asked if I knew as she just published an E-book!
    ~ So thank you for that,now I will be able to read your lovely writing again,as I have missed it!(",)

  2. One comment. From experience, I've found the Cloud Reader can be temperamental. If it doesn't load right away, just keep trying, it will eventually load the book you want to read. It's the best way to read Kindle books on the computer. IMO.

    1. Good infor Kim, thanks so much for sharing and it does sound like a good option. I may have to use it since there is still no sign of the Kindle I won! ;(

  3. Cheers Aussie, always glad to give any help at all. And thanks for stopping by, great to hear from you!


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