How to download ebooks to your ereader or phone:
First, find out what file type you need:
- Kindle or Kindle app: .mobi
- Nook, Kobo, iPad, and pretty much everything else, including Nook apps, Kobo apps, and pretty much every other app and device (including smart phones): .epub
- PDF files on most readers and smartphones (although this can be harder to read; I recommend learning how to use the files above).
- If you have no idea, the easiest thing to do is read a PDF file on your computer. I like to use my Kindle and my Kindle app on my phone. Your preference, though!
Download the file to your computer and then…
- Kindle owners: https://askleo.com/how-do-i-get-a-mobi-ebook-onto-my-kindle/
- Nook owners: http://barkingrainpress.org/faqs/load-epub-nook/
- Kobo owners: https://www.kobo.com/help/en-US/article/3174/adding-books-to-your-kobo-ereader
- iPad/iPhone owners: http://www.iclarified.com/8920/how-to-transfer-epub-ebooks-to-your-ipad
- Android device owners: https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/3097151?hl=en
Or you can read the file on your desktop.
- Kindle files: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201245960
- Epub files: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2095482/read-epub-books-in-your-browser.html (for reading in your browser) or http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html if you want it on a separate app.
- PDF files can be opened with https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/acrobat/pdf-reader.html
Many public libraries now provide ebooks and audiobooks, downloadable online. Go to your library’s website. If one of your searches pulls up an ebook, you can check that out as normal, and then the library website will direct you toward how to download your ebook. Often, you can set up your library account so that files can be transferred directly to your device. If you have trouble, please call the library, and a librarian can walk you through the process. THEY REALLY WILL DO THAT. I’m not joking.
I <3 libraries.