How to use eBook files
pdf and ePub
Electronic books, or ebooks, are books that exist only as computer files, not as physical, printed books. Ebooks are convenient as they can be read on almost any computer or tablet, and even on most cell phones.
You can download my book in either the pdf or ePub format.
There are two main formats for ebooks, pdf and ePub. Pdf files are the most common and almost every computer can open them with the software that comes with the computer.
ePub files allow for a flexible format, allowing you to easily change the size and type of font in the book. ePub files are very convenient to use on Apple products such as Mac computers and iPads. Even on an iPhone the flexible nature of the format makes the books quite readable.
Most browsers can read pdf files, including Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.
There are also many different software options for reading pdf files.
On Apple: Preview is a built in Apple software that works very well. Adobe Acrobat Reader also works well.
On Windows: Adobe Acrobat Reader works well, Sumatra is a free pdf and ePub reader that also works well.
The ePub format is an open format for ebooks.
An advantage to ePub over pdf is that you can change the size of the fonts. On the better ePub readers, such as those mentioned below, you can expand the images and then minimize them again, which is very helpful.
On Appe products, such as Mac or iPad, or even iPhone, the best app for reading ePub files is: Apple iBooks, which comes preinstalled on both MacOs and iOS (iPad and iPhone)
On Windows and Linux, Calibre is also an excellent program for both pdf and ePub. It is a larger program that has many capabilities, and can be a bit confusing at first.