How to get eBooks
- Identify Your Device (see chart below).
- If you have not already done so, choose and download the appropriate app/software (see the links further down the page and read the company’s website for instructions).
- For additional information regarding certain devices, click on Links to Websites below where we have added additional comments. If you would like more instruction, send us a comment on our Contacts page.
- Once the app/software is installed on your device, select the format your software uses – .epub for everything except Kindle which uses .mobi. Click or Tap .ePub or Kindle (.mobi) – located on the right side of our home screen and just under the banner. The default is currently set to .ePub.
- On the iPad, you must use the Safari Browser to download the eBooks. Only Safari allows you to download files onto Apps. Chrome does NOT work.
How to download the newest 10 books as a zip file
We cancelled the download all books feature because our server would time out if the download speed of individual’s internet connection was too slow. We know this caused some frustration. The Home Screen only shows the latest New and Updated Books – the most recent 10 eBooks uploaded to our site. If you download this zip file onto your iPad or other tablet, you need to have an app which can unzip the file. You will still most likely need to move each eBook individually to the appropriate app. If you have a reasonably fast download speed, it should take you 15 minutes or less to download over 100 free eBooks and install in the appropriate app unless you download to a PC and sideload the eBooks which should be faster.
Software formats supported by eReaders
|Barnes & Noble Nook|
|eReaders such as Kobo|
Free Apps for Smart Phones/Tablets
Google Play Reader
|iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch||Google Play Books
Free software options for Computers, Laptops and Netbooks
|PC||Adobe Digital||Kindle for PC
|Mac||Calibre||Kindle for Mac
Links to websites for software and instructions
DEVICE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS:
Dedicated electronic ink readers such as Kindle and Kobo
Except for the Kindle which uses .mobi, all the e-ink readers use .epub as the standard format.
You do not have to download any specific software as your device is preloaded with the appropriate software but you cannot download books directly to the device, you first need to download the ebooks to a PC or Mac and then manually sync your device to the computer. Choose the books you want or download the zipped file containing all the books. Unzip the zipped file and copy the books into a folder so that you can sync your ereader/kindle to your PC and load the books. If you are not sure how to transfer books onto your ereader/kindle, go to the HELP instructions for your ereader/kindle for more information.
The Kindle e-ink reader offers one feature that none of the others do: the ability to search across all the books from the Home Page. We love this feature which is as close to Boolean as we can hope to get at this point in time.
Our books look best when read using iBooks app on the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. To get the best configuration, go to Settings on the iPad, Apps -> iBooks -> then turn-off Full Justification and Auto-Hyphenation.
Your choices for apps are:
(i) Google Play Books – a great free app but you need to upload your eBooks to Google’s cloud though the app. If internet connectivity is a problem, this app may not be the best for you.
(ii) iBooks – you can download the books over the air directly to your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch. Alternatively, download the books to a PC or Mac, then sync the books to your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch through iTunes in the same way you add music to your iPad/iPhone/iPod touch.
Pros: beautiful animations and superior appearance replicates the book reading experience; great search engine, note-taking, book-marking and highlight facilities and a built-in dictionary that does not require access to the internet for use; a great back-button (bottom left of the screen – back to page ….), and the ability to download books directly from the website (provided you have the latest update) as well as load books from an email inside your iPad. Do change your iBooks settings under your devices Settings to turn off auto-hyphenation. There is now a new night setting from within iBooks. This is one of our two preferred readers for Apple devices.
(iii) Kindle – Amazon has made it possible to side-load ebooks not purchased from Amazon on the Kindle App for iPhone/iPad. This App is excellent and the ebooks can be added over-the-air from the iPad onto the Kindle App. Page animations are nearly identical to those for the iBook. Highlighting and note-taking as well as dictionary support is excellent, so too is the Search engine though this search engine is not as good as that found on Kindle’s e-ink readers.
Pros: you can download books directly onto the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. The appearance is very good and in some ways, even better than iBooks though some of our settings are not reflected in Kindle, e.g., we have begun to remove the underlining for hyperlinks, relying only on different colours to show the hyperlink. Kindle adds the underlining back in. Kindle also changes the image size which can be problematic on some of our ebooks. Excellent note-taking facilities, searching including through google and wikipedia. This App offers the fastest way of downloading and moving through the eBooks. The night setting is easy to turn on. This App is our equal first choice for reading our eBooks but you do need an Amazon account.
Cons: no ability to send emails or comments from within the app.
(iv) Kobo – can be used on iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch.
Pros: Direct download makes it easy to add books; night setting for reading; interesting and attractive interface; easy to book-mark, highlight and with in book search function.
Cons: Like all eBook apps associated with a book store, the app wants you to associate your account with the store. If you can get past this, then it is a good app.
Android Phones and Tablets
Your best choices for free apps (in alphabetical order) are:
(i) Aldiko – some of our friends have not been happy with the way this App forces users to their book store and to get the full benefit of the App, you must pay for the upgrade.
(ii) Google Play Books – a great free app but you need to upload your eBooks to Google’s cloud though the app. If internet connectivity is a problem, this app may not be the best for you.
(iii) Kindle – a great App but it may require a few additional steps for downloading and it seems you need to register an account with Amazon. If you already have an account, then this is an excellent app – but remember to download mobi content – change the format on the home screen to mobi. You will find format feature under the banner image – and to the far right of the screen. This is the only app that only uses mobi content.
(iv) Kobo -read the comments under iPad above for the problem with this App.
(v) Moon+Reader – this is one of our favourite apps for .epub formats. The animations are well done, so too is highlighting, note-taking and searching providing you are in the latest OS for Android.
(vi) UB Reader – a great free app and we like it. We highly recommend it.