HOW TO READ AN EBOOK
READING AN EBOOK IS WAY EASER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. HERE IS A HELPFUL TUTORIAL TO GET YOU STARTED.
The safest way to start reading eBooks is by downloading a free one,
so there is no risk of something going wrong.
Here is a collection of useful information
to assist you in becoming a pro digital reader.
HOW TO READ AN EBOOK: WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU FIND IN THIS TUTORIAL?
What an eBook generally is
The advantages and disadvantages that come with reading an eBook
How and with which devices you can read an eBook, eBook Reader
What kind of apps are out there
An introduction into the world of “hard” copyright and watermarks
WHAT IS AN EBOOK? GENERAL INFORMATION
An eBook is digital book, a publication available electronically. It could be the digital form of a physically printed book or it could originally be a digital book. In order to read an eBook you will need:
a) a reading device or
b) a reading software on your computer, smartphone or tablet.
This essentially means you can read an eBook with every device with a display or a screen (and an Internet connection).
eBooks are generally downloaded from the Internet and are readable after the download on your device.
HOW TO READ AN EBOOK: THE 13 ADVANTAGES OF EBOOKS The 13 advantages of eBooks
- You can read simultaneously on all your devices.
- You are able to discreetly read every type of literature (even erotica) on the go.
- You can purchase an eBook at any time of the day, even at night when all stores are closed.
- You can immediately download an eBook and start reading it right away.
- You can arrange and change the font and size of the letters, tailored to your preferences.
- You can search for keywords inside the text.
- You can mark important passages, so you can easily re-read them in the future.
- You can export your notes.
- You can have your whole digital library in your pocket everywhere you go.
- Depending on your device and the specific eBook length you can store more than 5000 eBooks in it.
- You can read in the dark and depending on your device the pages can be illuminated so you won’t be in need of a lamp.
- eBooks are cheaper than their hardcover versions.
- eBooks are eco-friendly.
HOW TO READ AN EBOOK: WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES?
You’ll have to get acquainted with a new technology.
You may miss the haptic turning of physical pages.
You’ll depend on your device’s battery. But to be fair, some devices can stay on up to weeks of usage.
An eBook is not an object like a printed book. It cannot be as easily gifted, lent or be put into your bookshelf.
HOW TO READ AN EBOOK: WHAT IS AN EBOOK READER?
An eBook reader (short eReader) is a portable device for eBooks.
Its technical conditions are perfectly adapted to the requirements of eBooks.
On an eReader’s screen you can read like you would on actual paper, which makes the experience soft on your eyes, even in bright atmosphere.
Most famous are Amazon’s Kindle and Kobo. But readers like PocketBook, Bookeen, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, BOOX, Tolino, Likebook et cetera are also on the market.
But for instance, when you have a Kindle by Amazon, you will only be able to download the eBooks provided by amazon. Remaining eBooks won’t be available for you, unless you are into converting your eBook file into one that is compatible with the Kindle ecosystem.
If you don’t want to buy a Reader, simply download an eReader software onto your computer, tablet or smartphone and you are good to go.
A TUTORIAL OF POSSIBLE DEVICES
You can read your eBook not only with your eReader, but also with your iPhone, iPad or Android-Smartphone.
Whether it is possible to open the eBook on the device depends on the format in which the eBook is available in the eBook shop (please always check the eBook information before you buy an eBook).
WHAT IS A .ACSM FILE? – THE TIRESOME STRUGGLE WITH COPYRIGHT
So you just bought an eBook and inside your download file you are only able to find a .acsm file?
Don’t panic, that just the encoded version of your eBook. That’s because a lot of publishers still use the irritating Adobe copyright. BERLINABLE is not going to bother you with unnecessary copyright, We trust our readers.
But not every company is like ours. If you have a .ascm file that is copyright-protected, then you sadly have to follow these important steps:
- First you have to download a eBook-reading-software.
In the chart under this text you can see which ones are recommended by BERLINABLE.
- The second step is to sign up and log yourself in (for free): After that you have your own Adobe copyright ID and then you are able to open the .acsm file. We know it‘s a hassle, but you don’t have to worry, Adobe won’t use your data for anything controversial (all you have to provide is your email-address anyway).
Which type of format you have to use with each device is listed in this chart:
|Format||Reading-device||Opening the eBook|
|MOBI||Kindle (Touch, Fire etc.)||After you‘ve purchased your eBook and downloaded it (MOBI-format) you just send it to your Kindle eMail address.
• What is my Kindle eMail address?
|iPhone, iPad, Mac|
smartphone, tablet, PC
| You only need to download the Kindle-App
• Kindle-App for Apple-devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad etc.)
• Kindle-App for PC, all other smartphones and tablets
|Just open your eBook with your eBook-reader or send it to your eBook-reader.|
|iPhone, iPad, Mac|
smartphone, tablet, PC
|Only download the EPUB Reader-App onto your device.
Look it up in your Playstore or App-store or click onto one of those links:
• BlueFire Reader for Apple-devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad etc.)
• BlueFire Reader-App for Android-smartphones und tablets
with DRM copyright
|Mac, PC||For eBook with a copyright protection you’ll need:
• For Mac: Adobe Digital Editions
• For PC: BlueFire Reader or Adobe Digital Editions
Open the app, sign up for free and sign in.
Then download the first book.
ATTENTION: You will download a .acsm file, but no worries that is an information file that’s hiding your eBook. If you have bought your eBook legally and signed up your reader, you will be able to open the file easily. Either with Adobe Digital Editions or BlueFire Reader.
|iPhone, iPad, smartphone, tablet||For copyright protected eBooks you will need a:
• Bluefire Reader for iPhone and iPad
• Bluefire Reader for Android Smartphones and tablets
Open the app and sign up for free.
Then download the eBook.
ATTENTION: You will download a .acsm file, but no worries that is an information file that’s hiding your eBook.
Bluefire or AdobeReader are able to read the .acsm file -if you bought it legally.
CAN I READ MY EBOOK ON DIFFERENT DEVICES?
In general: yes. The eBooks are either protected with a “hard” copyright (Digital Rights Management, DRM) or with a watermark. This is why the gifting and sending is not that easy.
But you are able to read your eBooks on different devices anyway without having to send them out.
Most often the eReader-Apps synchronize onto different devices with ease.
HOW CAN I READ MY EBOOK ON DIFFERENT DEVICES SIMULTANEOUSLY?
When you download the same reading app onto more than one device and sign yourself in with the same account, the digital library should synchronize. Then you are able to read on all your devices at home, or on the go with your smartphone.