Category Archives: ebooks

How To Sideload Smashwords Books (And Other Books) Onto Your iPhone, iPad, And iPad Mini

Downloading Smashwords books onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch sounds complicated, but it’s really quite simple. It is common for modern writers to give away free or discounted books through Smashwords via coupon codes, so sideloading will allow you to take advantage of these offers.

In this post, we’ll show you how to download a book off Smashwords and onto your iOS device.

First, make sure your iPhone or iPad is connected to the Internet, and launch the Safari web browser. After Safari launches, navigate to the Smashwords website at http://www.smashwords.com. At the main page, log in with your Smashwords username and password. (If you don’t have one, you can register for one at the main site.)

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After you have logged in, navigate to the page of the book you wish to download. Once you have purchased the book (or used a coupon code to get it for free), scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll see all the different formats in which the ebook is available. For an iPhone or an iPad you will want EPUB, so tap on the download link for the EPUB file:

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After the file has downloaded, your iPhone or iPad will ask if you wish to open the book in iBooks:

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Tap on the “Open in iBooks” link, and the book will immediately open in your iBooks library:

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It will also be part of your library on that device. To download the book on a different iPhone or iPad, simply log into the Smashwords page there and download the book again.

-JM

Ubuntu 13.10: Install Calibre For eBook Management And Conversion

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Because ebooks are often much cheaper than physical books, it is easy to quickly accumulate a large collection. Managing and organizing an ebook library can become something of a challenge. To make matters more complicated, some formats of ebooks will work with one device, and others will not, and very few will work on both.

Fortunately, a free application called Calibre can solve a number of these problems. Originally developed in 2006, Calibre is an ebook management program. It automatically sorts your ebooks by title and author, which makes locating any single title much easier. It also can convert most ebook formats, allowing you to smoothly move from EPUB to MOBI and back again (so long as the files are not encrypted – Calibre cannot read ebook files protected by digital rights management technologies – DRM). Calibre also contains a built-in ebook reader that can handle most ebook formats.

Calibre is also very easy to install, and you can install it on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander through the Ubuntu Software Center. It is, of course, quicker and easier to install Calibre using this terminal command:

sudo apt-get install calibre

Enter your password to authenticate, follow the default prompts, and apt will install Calibre for you.

After the installation is complete, you can launch Calibre by going to the Dash, searching for “calibre”, and clicking on the Calibre icon. The first time Calibre runs, you’ll see a wizard asking for some configuration options: where to store your Calibre library, what eBook reader you use (if any), and what settings that eBook reader uses. Enter the appropriate information, and you can start using Calibre.

Calibre’s GUI is reasonably easy to use, and the program includes a complete manual  –  in ebook form, of course.

-JM

ADDITIONAL READING:

The Ubuntu Beginner’s Guide

The Ubuntu Desktop Beginner’s Guide

How To Sideload Smashwords Books (And Other Books) Onto Your Kindle Device

“Sideloading” a book onto your Kindle sounds complicated, but it’s really not. It simply means manually copying the file onto your Kindle via its USB cable rather than over the wireless from Amazon’s servers. It’s like copying a file to a USB thumb drive, or copying an image off a digital camera. There are several advantages to this knowledge – you can download public-domain books off Project Gutenberg and load them onto your Kindle, or if a writer sends you a complimentary copy of a book, you can load it onto your device. It is also common for modern writers to give away free or discounted books through Smashwords via coupon codes, so sideloading will allow you to take advantage of these offers.

In this post, we’ll show you how to download a book off Smashwords and then copy it to your Kindle device. These directions should work for both Kindle black & white ereaders and Kindle Fire tablet devices.

First, visit http://www.smashwords.com, log in with your Smashwords account (you can register for one here if you don’t have one), and then go to the book’s page:

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Once you have purchased the book (or used a coupon code to get it for free), scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll see all the different formats in which the ebook is available. For a Kindle, you’ll want MOBI, so click on the download link for the MOBI file:

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Once the file has downloaded, connect your Kindle device to your computer via the USB cable. If you’ve never done this before, it might take a few moments for your computer to recognize that the Kindle is connected – this is normal. Once it’s connected, if you go to My Computer (or Computer on Windows 8.x) you will see the Kindle show up like another hard drive or a flash drive:

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Double-click on the Kindle icon, and it will expand to show Internal Storage:

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Then double-click on the folder marked “kindle”:

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(Note that eInk Kindles are simpler than Kindle Fire tablets – the eInk Kindles just have a folder labeled Documents.)

You will want to put the file you downloaded from Smashwords into that “kindle” folder. (On an eInk Kindle, it should go into the “documents” folder.) When you downloaded it, the MOBI file most likely downloaded to your computer’s Downloads folder. Drag and drop the file to the kindle folder we pointed out above.

Once the file has finished copying, disconnect your Kindle from your computer. The MOBI file you copied should now be in your library on your Kindle device.

-JM

How To Sideload Smashwords Books (And Other Books) Onto Your Nook Device

“Sideloading” a book onto your Nook sounds complicated, but it’s really not. It simply means manually copying the file onto your Nook via its USB cable rather than over the wireless from Barnes & Noble’s servers. It’s like copying a file to a USB thumb drive, or copying an image off a digital camera. There are several advantages to this knowledge – you can download public-domain books off Project Gutenberg and load them onto your Nook, or if a writer sends you a complimentary copy of a book, you can load it onto your device. It is also common for modern writers to give away free or discounted books through Smashwords via coupon codes, so sideloading will allow you to take advantage of these offers.

In this post, we’ll show you how to download a book off Smashwords and then copy it to your Nook device. These directions should work for both Nook black & white ereaders and tablet devices.

First, visit http://www.smashwords.com, log in with your Smashwords account (you can register for one here if you don’t have one), and then go to the book’s page:

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Once you have purchased the book (or used a coupon code to get it for free), scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll see all the different formats in which the ebook is available. For a Nook, you’ll want EPUB, so click on the download link for the EPUB file:

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Once the file has downloaded, connect your Nook device to your computer via the USB cable. If you’ve never done this before, it might take a few moments for your computer to recognize that the Nook is connected – this is normal. Once it’s connected, if you go to My Computer (or Computer on Windows 8.x) you will see the Nook show up like another hard drive or a flash drive:

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Double-click on the Nook icon, and it will expand to show Internal Storage:

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Then open the My Files folder:

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Inside of it you will see another folder labeled Books:

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You will want to put the file you downloaded from Smashwords into that Books folder. When you downloaded it, the EPUB file most likely downloaded to your Downloads folder. Drag and drop the file to the Books folder we pointed out above:

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Once the file has finished copying, disconnect your Nook from your computer. The EPUB file you copied should now be in your library on your Nook device.

-JM