eBook Download Tips

Which eBook Format Should I Purchase? Kindle or ePub?

eBooks can be used on many different platforms: computers, laptops or mobile devices. The choice is yours. It all depends on the format of the eBook you purchase: ePub-format or Kindle-format.

ePub-format: The ePub format is a widely-used format that can be used by many different reader apps, which are available on almost all platforms:
   Calibre can be used to read ePub-format eBooks and is available on Windows, Macintosh and Linux. It can be downloaded here for free.
   There are many Android ePub reader apps which are available. At last count, there were 16 different ePub apps on the Google Play app store, 13 of which were available for free.
   The Apple iBooks app can open all ePub-format eBooks, and Apple mobile devices like iPads, iPods and iPhones can download this eBook reader app for free.
   The Nook eBook reader device from Barnes and Noble uses ePub-format for its eBooks.
   There are many other ePub readers available to be downloaded for free across the Internet which work on Windows, Macintosh, Linux and mobile devices.

Kindle-format: The Kindle format can be used in many locations because the Kindle reader app is available on many platforms.
   Of course, if you already own a Kindle device, it has the Kindle reader app built in.
   There is also a Kindle app for Windows so you can view a Kindle eBook on a Windows computer or laptop. It can be downloaded here for free.
   And there is a Kindle app for Macs so you can view a Kindle eBook on a Macintosh computer or laptop. It can be downloaded here for free.
   In addition, there is a Kindle app for iPad, iPod and iPhone so you can view a Kindle eBook on an Apple mobile device. It can be downloaded from the Mac App Store here for free.
   There is also a Kindle app for Android so you can view a Kindle eBook on an Android tablet or mobile device. It can be downloaded from the Google Play Store here for free.


Downloading eBooks You Have Purchased

After completing an order containing downloadable eBooks, you can go to the My Account page to download these eBooks. At the bottom of the My Account page is a list of all your previous orders. Next to each eBook you have purchased is a Download button. Just click on the button, and the eBook should begin downloading immediately. If a Save As box appears, simply select the location on your hard drive where you want to save your eBooks.


Using Your Mobile Device to Install an eBook

If you are using the Download button while using your mobile device, the eBook file should download and then install on your mobile device automatically so that it is ready to use.

For instance, if you are using an iPad, you would use an Internet browser like Safari or Chrome to go to the www.veritypublishing.com website and then open up the My Account page, with all of your orders at the bottom of the page. Clicking on the Download button for an ePub-format eBook you have purchased will then download the ePub file to your iPad, and then it will be automatically installed in the bookshelf of the iBooks reader, where you can open and read it.


Reading Your eBooks on your Computer or Laptop

If you have installed an eBook program on your computer (Kindle for PC/Mac or Calibre for PC/Mac/Linux, for instance), it is very easy to bring up any eBooks you have downloaded. Simply go to the directory where the file was downloaded and double click on the .epub or .prc file. This should then bring up the eBook in your installed eBook reader program. (If your browser renamed your .epub files to .zip, you will need to change the file extension back to the .epub extension. This page explains how to do this.)


Using a Laptop or Computer to Install eBooks onto a Mobile Device

If an eBook is not automatically installed on your mobile device when you try to download it, you can use your computer or laptop to install it instead.

Using your computer's browser, go to the My Account page to download the eBooks you ordered. Most Internet browsers will place these downloaded files in the Downloads directory on your local hard drive. The Kindle eBooks will have a .prc filename extension, and the ePub books will have an .epub filename extension. If your browser renamed your .epub files with a .zip file extension, you will need to change it back to .epub. If you need help dong this, this page has some good suggestions.

Our objective then is to move these downloaded files from your computer to your mobile device so that you can start reading them in the Kindle app or ePub viewer. The instructions for this varying depending on the mobile device:


Installing eBooks on a Kindle

After you have downloaded the eBooks to your computer, connect your Kindle to your computer using the USB cord. A window should appear asking if you want to use Windows Explorer to browse the Kindle. Select OK. In Windows Explorer, go to the documents folder. You need to copy the downloaded .prc eBook files to this directory. Press Ctrl-N to open another Windows Explorer window. Go to the Downloads folder. Click on the .prc eBook files and drag them over to the Kindle documents folder.

After the files have copied, disconnect your Kindle from your computer. The eBooks should now be listed in the Kindle home screen.


Installing eBooks on a Nook

After you have downloaded the eBooks to your computer, connect your Nook to your computer using the USB cord. A window should appear asking if you want to use Windows Explorer to browse the Nook. Select OK. In Windows Explorer, go to the documents folder. You need to copy the downloaded .epub eBook files to this directory. Press Ctrl-N to open another Windows Explorer window. Go to the Downloads folder. Click on the .epub eBook files and drag them over to the Nook documents folder.

After the files have copied, disconnect your Nook from your computer. The eBooks should now be listed in the Nook home screen.


Installing eBooks on an iPad, iPod or iPhone

After you have downloaded the eBooks to your computer, bring up iTunes. Press Ctrl-O to open the Add to Library window. Go to the Downloads folder and select the .epub eBooks you downloaded. Click on Open. If you change the library button in the top corner to Books, you will see the eBooks you just added.

Connect your iPad, iPod or iPhone to your computer using the USB cord. After it has been recognized by iTunes, click on the Devices section of iTunes. In the Books section, make sure all of the boxes are checked for the eBooks you downloaded. Now you can sync your device in iTunes, and the eBooks will be loaded onto your mobile device. The eBooks will now appear in the bookshelf of iBooks, ready to read. If iBooks is not yet installed, you can get it from the Apple store for free.


Installing eBooks on an Android tablet or phone

Prior to loading the eBooks onto your Android device, you will want to install an eBook reader. You can use Kindle for Android, or any of the numerous readers available on the Google Play store. Once the app is installed, you are ready to copy the eBooks to your device.

After you have downloaded the eBooks to your computer, connect your Android device to your computer using the USB cord. A window should appear asking if you want to use Windows Explorer to browse the device. Select OK. Depending on the eBook reader you installed, you will need to go to the folder where the eBook reader stores its eBook files. It is usually the same name as the eBook reader app. For example, if you installed the Kindle eBook reader app, you would go to the Kindle folder. You will need to copy the eBook files you downloaded to this directory.

Press Ctrl-N to open another Windows Explorer window. Go to the Downloads folder. Click on the eBook files you downloaded and drag them over to the folder on your Android device. You should then be able disconnect your Android device, run your eBook reader app, and the eBooks will now appear on the main bookshelf, ready to read.


Note: many of these tips were taken from this LDS Tech page, which has a lot of helpful information.



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