eBook FAQ

eBook FAQ

Smartphone & Tablet eBook Apps

While some people use dedicated eReader devices, other book lovers use their smartphones and tablets to read their eBooks. Apple’s iBooks and Google Play Books already do a great job as stock apps, but specialist eReader apps can add numerous extras, from highly configurable settings, support for odd formats, and more. Here is a list of some of these alternative ebook reader apps that you can use to read your eBook collection on your smartphone or tablet.

Bluefire eBook appBluefire (Android, iOS)

Bluefire is a versatile eBook reader that handles EPUB and PDF files, with support for annotations and DRM. Bluefire has a clean, customizable viewer that allows you to set text size and margin widths, themes and a night mode, as well as a table of contents and bookmarks. Users can highlight, set annotations, search the text, look up definitions and share excerpts. The iOS version also includes reading location synchronization, allowing you to switch between devices without losing your reading location.

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Booktari appBookari (Android, iOS)

Formerly known as the Mantano Reader, this app supports EPUB and PDF formats (including eBooks with Adobe DRM). Bookari is customizable and feature-packed reader with a variety of great options such as reader themes, a night mode, text search, annotation, and a pinnable navigation panel for easy jumping between chapters, bookmarks, and pages. Paid versions of the app add additional features, and a premium subscription to Mantano Cloud adds support for library and reading progress syncing across devices.

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Marvin eBook appMarvin (iOS)

Marvin is a feature-packed and extremely configurable iOS reader app for DRM-free EPUB files. As a reader, Marvin comes packed with great reading features, from a variety of fonts (including a specialty font for dyslexic readers), a night mode and customizable themes, highlighting, annotation and dictionary tools. You’ll also find numerous format tweaks ranging from text justification, to paragraph indentation and spacing. Marvin comes with a solid set of organizing tools, allowing you to sort into collections, choose from list or cover views, collection sorting and more. Extremely configurable and feature-packed, Marvin’s main downside is that it’s zeroed-in on EPUB reading, and supports no other formats.

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Moon+ eBook appMoon+ Reader (Android)

Moon+ Reader is a nifty eBook reader app for Android known for its highly customizable interface. While it may not come with a dedicated marketplace, Moon+’s UI makes it stand out from the pack. You can set font styles and sizes, backgrounds, spacing, paging modes, autoscroll, multiple view modes and more. The app is free, but a pro version is also available to remove ads and add PDF support, as well as other extra features. If you already have a sizable e-book collection and are just looking for an Android app to read with, then consider Moon+ for your e-book reading needs.

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Overdrive eBook AppOverdrive Media Console (Android, iOS)

If your library already has a digital media lending system, the Overdrive Media Console allows users to borrow eBooks and audiobooks from the digital collections of participating libraries, all without having to deal with the hassle of manual lending and return of paper books. OverDrive users can borrow titles from the library’s collection 24/7, and users can create holds, wishlists and effortlessly return ebooks and audiobooks.

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eReaders with Matching Smartphone & Tablet Apps

The biggest eReader devices offer eBook reading apps are tied with particular ebookstores. Kindle, Kobo, Nook or Sony are designed to let users of these ebookstores access books they bought there and manage their personal bookshelves.

In this overview I’d like to focus more on what app offers rather than what ebookstore does. So, “millions of titles” is not the reason to include the app in the list below. Instead, you’ll learn which app has a feature others don’t, and why it’s good to try it.

Kobo

Besides very friendly customization options, Kobo app offers an experience that makes the most of social reading in the digital age.

Kobo’s set of social features is called Reading Life. You can not only read the book, but join a conversation about it at any time. There is a Kobo Pulse indicator at the bottom of the page. It get brighter on pages with more comments and reader activity. When you tap on it you’ll see what other readers think about what you’ve just read. You can also share your own notes and thoughts by simply highlighting the passage and adding your comment.

By connecting with your friends’ Kobo Reading Life App on Facebook you’ll know what they read, as well as view and compare their awards and stats. Awards and stats are two other features that lets read a book in a more dynamic way. Any time you can check out how quickly you read: how many pages per hour or how many hours per book.

There are also several awards to win while you use the app. These awards “help celebrate fun milestones in your Reading Life”. You can become a Scout Leader or Deep Thinker or Night Rider, depending on how and when you read and use the Reading Life.

If you’re curious about what to expect from social reading, download Kobo app and explore what Reading Life has to offer.

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What eBook formats does Barking Rain Press offer?

Barking Rain Press eBooks are available in Kindle, ePub and PDF formats. Wikipedia has a useful eBook Reader Matrix that lists the most popular eReaders and the file formats they work with.

 

 

 

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Can I read your eBooks on a mobile device?

cell phone with appsEvery Barking Rain Press eBook is available as an ePub file, Kindle file, or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file that has been formatted to automatically reflow text to fit smaller screens, which will facilitate viewing on handheld and eReader devices, such as tablets, iPads, cell phones, and other mobile devices.

If you choose the PDF file version, you will need to download and install a free copy of the appropriate Adobe Reader for mobile devices software using the instructions provided by Adobe for your particular device, or have another PDF viewer available on your cell phone, tablet, iPad, or other mobile device.

In addition, many cell phones, tablets, and handheld devices offer eBook reading applications, or apps, that allow you to purchase a Barking Rain Press eBook title directly through your device. For example, Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook Books, iBooks and Kobo all offer cell phone and tablet apps that sync up with your existing eReader or desktop/laptop computer eBook accounts.

Wikipedia has a useful eBook Reader Matrix that lists the most popular eReaders and the file formats they work with.

If you have any problems opening or viewing a one of our titles, please contact us.

 

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Am I allowed to share my purchased Barking Rain Press eBooks?

Please remember that our authors, illustrators and editors only receive payment for their creative work when customers buy something. When you “loan” an e-work or give it away to someone else, you are violating their copyrights and depriving them of income. Therefore, you are only allowed to share the free preview chapters we provide for every Barking Rain Press title—no other sharing is permitted.

If you are enjoying a particular work, please support all he people who created it by posting a favorable review on the story web page page and recommending it to your friends. Barking Rain Press eBooks are very reasonably priced, and we offer frequent discounts and specials.

Thank you for your understanding, cooperation and support on behalf of all our authors, editors and illustrators!

Note — If you purchased one of our eBooks through Barnes & Noble (for The Nook) or Amazon.com (for the Kindle), you will be able to “loan” your eBooks to friends, in accordance to their individual policies.

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How do I load an .ePub file onto my iPad or iPhone?

iPad and iBookstoreIf you want to load an .ePub eBook file you have purchased from a source other than iTunes onto your iPad or iPhone, you will need to sideload it. Sideloading is simply a fancy term for copying an eBook file from your computer or email account onto an eReader device. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to sideload a Barking Rain Press .ePub eBook file onto your iPad or iPhone:

  1. Download the .ePub file and save it on your desktop or someplace on your computer you can easily access.
  2. Launch iTunes and select (Add to Library…) from the File menu.
  3. Select the .ePub eBook you downloaded and click the Choose button.
  4. From iTunes, select “Books” from the list of libraries on the left. The book should now be listed in your iTunes library.
  5. Connect your iPad or iPhone to the computer and select it from the list of devices on the left.
  6. Choose the “Books” tab.
  7.  Check the “Sync Books” checkbox if it isn’t already enabled. You can sync all books in your library with your iPad or iPhone, or choose the select books you want to sync.
  8. Now click the “Apply” or “Sync” button at the bottom right of the window (you may receive a warning that this will erase all the books on your iPad if this is your first iBooks sync).
  9. Once the sync has completed, you can open iBooks on your iPad or iPhone to read your newly transferred title.

 

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How do I load an .ePub file onto my Kobo Aura eReader?

Kobo Aura eReaderIf you want to load an .ePub eBook file you have purchased from a source other than the Kobo store onto your Kobo Aura eReader, you will need to sideload it. Sideloading is simply a fancy term for copying an eBook file from your computer or email account onto an eReader device. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to sideload a Barking Rain Press .ePub eBook file onto your Kobo Aura eReader:

Adding books or PDFs using your computer

  1. Download the .ePub file and save it on your desktop or someplace on your computer you can easily access.
  2. On a Windows computer, connect your eReader to your computer using Kobo-provided USB cable.
  3. Tap “Connect” on your Kobo eReader.
  4. When Windows prompts you for an action, click “Open folder” to view files. A desktop explorer window will open, showing the contents of your eReader.
  5. Open a second desktop explorer window and display the eBooks you want to add to your Kobo eReader.
  6. Drag and drop your books into the Kobo eReader contents folder.

Click here to access more detailed instructions for adding content to your Kobo Aura eReader

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How do I load an .ePub file onto my Nook?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0If you want to load an .ePub eBook file you have purchased from a source other than Barnes & Noble onto your Nook eReader, you will need to sideload it. Sideloading is simply a fancy term for copying an eBook file from your computer or email account onto your eReader. Here are two methods for sideloading a Barking Rain Press .ePub eBook file onto your Nook:

  1. Save the .ePub eBook file you have purchased to a folder on your computer (perhaps to your desktop or in a folder called “eBooks”).
  2. Connect the Nook to your computer with the included USB cable.
  3. Open “My Computer” on Windows or look at the desktop on your Mac. Nook will show as a drive where the hard drive and other USB drives show. Double-click on the Nook drive to open it.
  4. In another window, open the folder where you saved the ePub eBook file you want to load onto your Nook.
  5. Now drag & drop the .ePub eBook file(s) from your computer to the root of the Nook, or to the “My Documents” folder.
  6. After the files are finished transferring to the Nook and before you unplug the USB cable, you must eject the device from the computer. Removing the USB cable before doing this can potentially damage your eBooks and/or the Nook. Simply right-click on the Nook drive and select the undock, eject, or unmount option.

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How do I load an .ePub file onto my Sony PRS-T1?

Sony PRS-T1 eReader

The Sony PRS-T1 eReader

If you want to load an .ePub eBook file you have purchased from a source other than the Kobo store onto your Sony PRS-T1 eReader, you will need to sideload it. Sideloading is simply a fancy term for copying an eBook file from your computer or email account onto an eReader device. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to sideload a Barking Rain Press .ePub eBook file onto your Sony PRS-T1 eReader:

Adding books using Reader software

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of the Sony Reader for PC or MAC software installed on your computer. Open the program.
  2. Download the .ePub file and save it on your desktop or someplace on your computer you can easily access.
  3. In the Reader software, click on the “File,” “Import Files” options on the top menu bar, and navigate to the ePub file you want to add to your library. Click “Open,” and the book will load into your library.
  4. Now connect your eReader to your computer using the Sony-provided USB cable. (Note: be sure to open the Reader software before you plug in your eReader device).
  5. Tap the “Data Transfer Mode” bar on your Sony eReader device.
  6. Your eBooks will automatically begin syncing between your library and your eReader.

Adding books using drag and drop

  1. Download the .ePub file and save it on your desktop or someplace on your computer you can easily access.
  2. Connect your eReader to your computer using the Sony-provided USB cable.
  3. When Windows prompts you for an action, click “Open folder” to view files. A desktop explorer window will open, showing the contents of your eReader.
  4. Navigate to the folder where your eReader stores eBook files, typically …\Sony_Reader\media\books\. You should see a list of files ending in .epub.
  5. Open a second desktop explorer window and navigate to the location where the eBooks you want to add to your Sony eReader are located on your computer.
  6. Drag and drop your books into the Sony eReader contents folder.

 

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How do I load a Kindle device or Kindle App with a MOBI file via Send-to-Kindle?

Kindle VoyageIf you want to load a .mobi eBook file you have purchased from a source other than Amazon.com onto your Kindle eReader, you will need to sideload it. Sideloading is simply a fancy term for copying an eBook file from your computer or email account onto your eReader. You and your approved contacts can send documents to your registered Kindle devices, free Kindle reading applications, and your Kindle Library in the Amazon Cloud by emailing them as an attachment to your Send-to-Kindle email address. Your Send-to-Kindle email address is a unique email address assigned to each of your Kindle devices and free Kindle reading applications upon registration.

How to send a document to your Kindle:

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How do I load a .mobi eBook file onto my Kindle Fire?

Young woman reading ebook on an Amazon Kindle, London, England, UKIf you want to load a .mobi eBook file you have purchased from a source other than Amazon.com onto your Kindle Fire, you will need to sideload it. Sideloading is simply a fancy term for copying an eBook file from your computer or email account onto your eReader. Here are two methods for sideloading a Barking Rain Press .mobi eBook file onto your Kindle Fire:

Method 1: Using a computer (easiest):

  1. Using a mini USB to USB cord, connect the Kindle Fire to a computer.
  2. Download the eBook file onto your computer.
  3. Using a file explorer program, open up the Kindle (it will show as a temporary drive). Also open the folder on the computer with the file.
  4. Drag the eBook file from the computer to the Kindle Fire “Books” directory.
  5. Follow your computer’s procedure for disconnecting peripheral devices. The book will now be available in the Kindle Fire’s “Books” tab.

Method 2: Using only the Kindle Fire:

  1. Download the eBook file to the Kindle Fire using either the browser or via email.
  2. Download and install a file explorer program, such as ES File Explorer from Amazon APP market (it’s free).
  3. Using the file explorer find the book file (it will be in the main Kindle directory) and copy it (press and hold the icon until the sub-menu pops up).
  4. Go to the “Books” folder.
  5. Paste the file (with ES Explorer you will need to select “Operations,” then hit paste).
  6. Power Kindle Fire off and back on.
  7. Book should be in the Books tab.

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How do I load a .mobi eBook file onto my Kindle Paperwhite?

Kindle PaperwhiteIf you want to load a .mobi eBook file you have purchased from a source other than Amazon.com onto your Kindle Paperwhite, you will need to sideload it. Sideloading is simply a fancy term for copying an eBook file from your computer or email account onto your eReader. Here are two methods for sideloading a Barking Rain Press .mobi eBook file onto your Kindle Paperwhite:

Method 1: Using a computer:

  1. Using a mini USB to USB cord, connect the Kindle Paperwhite to a computer.
  2. Download the eBook file onto your computer.
  3. Using a file explorer program, open up the Kindle (it will show as a temporary drive). Also open the folder on the computer with the file.
  4. Drag the eBook file from the computer to the Kindle Paperwhite “Books” directory.
  5. Follow your computer’s procedure for disconnecting peripheral devices. The book will now be available in the Kindle Paperwhite’s “Books” tab.

Method 2: Using Calibre:

  1. Here is a link to a video tutorial.

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