Tag Archives: EPUB

The apps you want on your tablet or phone when reading ebooks

2018-05-28

For ebooks on your tablet or smartphone, you only have to download a reading app on the device. Most ereading applications come with note taking and highlighting features that let you annotate the text you are reading. As you develop new habits with digital reading and your ebook library grows, you probably want additional apps that complement the reading app. Here are a few tips for applications that can help.
ipad tablet in a bookshelf

Recommendations for ebook reading applications

If you tend to shop at the same bookstore, the easiest option is to use the reading app the store provides. For instance, if you purchase your ebooks from Kobo, use the Kobo app because it makes managing you library and purchases easy.

For tablets, good choices for ereading apps that are not tied to any specific bookstore are Bluefire Reader, Bookari, and Moon+.
reading ebook in fbreader app on LG G3
The same reading applications that run on a tablet can be used on a smartphone, but also FBreader is a good one to have on the phone because it can open a number of different ebook file formats.

For Apple computer and mobile device users, the iBooks (available at the App Store) app is an excellent choice.

It is worth reminding newcomers to the world of ebooks that Kindle books purchased from an Amazon store can only be opened with a Kindle reader, Fire tablet, or the Kindle app that is available to all PCs, tablets and phones. Other bookstores have ebooks packaged in EPUB format that is usually compatible with many reading applications, like FBreader, Aldiko, Kobo, and with all other e-readers apart from Kindle.

Useful additional apps that complement an e-reading application

Simplenote on an iPhone
Pretty soon after I began reading ebooks, I realized that didn’t want to write down my notes inside the reading application. The reason was that, especially during the early days of ebooks, it was difficult or even impossible to transfer the notes easily to a word processing software for further work. After I discovered Simplenote, I have written all my notes, drafts and lists with it. It is an online app that requires Internet connection, but it is so simple and reliable that it is all I need for my notes.

Android Authority has reviewed a number of applications that can be useful for ebook readers.

Goodreads. A large community of book lovers who can manage their personal libraries, discover new reads, and connect with other readers.
LitCharts. It displays story points, synopsis, and other information about books.
Literature Terms. A dictionary that explains terms and phrases related to literature.
Browsery. A service and app that lets you connect with other readers and discover new books.
Poems. An app that features poems from a variety of authors.

Helsinki: Klaava Travel Guide, sample page

Ebook news digest: ereaders for musicians, new EPUB version, interaction with readers

2018-05-01

News on ebooks, writing and ereaders

Amazon Kindle ereader on laptop keyboard
Want to improve your writing? Mind the Gap.
The Writing Cooperative

The Curiosity Gap Theory for writers can help to find story themes that resonate with readers.

PadMu is a 13.3-inch (x2) E Ink eReader for Musicians (Video)
The Ebook Reader

Ereader devices with black and white screens are now also marketed to musicians as sheet music readers. Some products even come with controllers for the musician to turn the page without having to touch the device.

Why Specs Change: EPUB 3.2 and the Evolution of the Ebook Ecosystem
EPUBSecrets

EPUB is the industry standard file format for ebooks (Kindle is proprietary to Amazon). The vast majority of EPUB-books are based on the version 2 of the standard, although during 2018, a new version 3.2 will be published. The article reassures that existing ebooks are compatible with the new standard and encourages publishers to move to the version 3.

Must-read inspirational tech books to add to your reading list
Gadget Flow

Solid recommendations for books that practically are already classics in the genre of high technology. If you haven’t read any of these, leave books related to Steve Jobs at the bottom of the reading stack. First, get a proper perspective to the industry.

Don’t reply to comments when you’re hangry, and other tips for engaging with readers
Nieman Lab

A number of major web sites run by big media have closed their comment channels altogether, but it is not recommended for authors who should be interacting with their readers. The article covers the basics of managing the good and bad of public commenting.

Travel guidebook to a Nordic capital: Helsinki, Finland
Klaava Travel Guide

Scandinavian countries are transforming from chilly winter to warm summer season as travelers head to the clean cities, clean waters and untouched wilderness regions of the northern Europe.

Trust, Visibility, Mobile Storytelling And Blockchain For Books: Lessons Learned From London Book Fair 2018
The Creative Penn

A long report from the London Book Fair 2018. The report is also packed with tips to authors who haven’t visited any major book show, because primarily these events are for publishers and agents who trade rights at meetings during the fair. Of course, the shows are a good place to see and experience what is happening in the world of books. The writer has posted so many selfies in the article that I have to ask: do they add any value to the content?

Should I Become a Book Collector?
Book Riot

As the article explains, you need time and money to be able to become a book collector, but forgets to mention a key problem with collections: they require space, and often, a lot of it.

In 2018, every single no. 1 nonfiction best-seller has been about Trump
Entertainment Weekly

Nonfiction books about President Trump are bestsellers in 2018, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the trend will continue to 2019 and 2020.

How to read ebooks without installing any additional applications on your PC

2018-03-26

Recently, one of my neighbors asked how she could read the ebook she had bought from a store. She had managed to download the book, but there was no way to open it. As many of us do in a hurry to start reading a new book, she had simply ignored all the prompts to download an ebook reader application to her device. Well, the problem was quickly solved once we installed a reader application for her. Microsoft has taken a step towards easier ebook experience by including ebook reading into the Edge browser application.

The thing is that every Windows 10 computer comes with the Microsoft Edge browser application that includes the feature to read ebooks.

ebook table of content in Mircosoft Edge browser
If your Microsoft Edge can not open EPUB ebooks, ensure your system has received all the security and feature updates from Microsoft.

This is how you can instantly verify if Microsoft Edge browser on your computer can open ebooks.

Open File Explorer.
Locate the EPUB ebook you want to open on your device.
Right-click on the EPUB file.
Select Open with.
Select Microsoft Edge. If it is not on the list, click Choose another app, and look for Edge.

The ebook should open in a tab in the Microsoft Edge application. If the book doesn’t open, the chances are that you are trying to read a copy-protected (DRM-locked) ebook. The rule of thumb is that ebooks bought and downloaded from a bookstore are copy-protected (you can always read them in the app the store provides), but free ebooks are not locked (and can be read in any EPUB ebook app). Kindle ebooks are a different story altogether, but the rule of thumb is that you can read them only in Kindle devices and apps.

In addition to non-DRM, not copy-protected ebooks you can download ebooks from the Microsoft Store to the Edge browser. It is still early days for ebooks on the Microsoft Store, which means that ebooks are not yet available in many countries at all.

Once you have an ebook in the Microsoft Edge, you can use the following useful features as you read a book.

Open the table of contents and jump to a page you want. Click the leftmost icon on the black bar above the book.
read aloud (TTS) in Microsoft Edge
Let the application read the book aloud to you. Click the loudspeaker icon on the black bar above the book.
highlight, make notes in ebook in Windows 10 Edge browser
Highlight or underline text. Select a section of text, and a small tool window opens up. You can also write notes that are attached to the position you selected.
change ebook font size in Windows 10 reader app Edge
Change font and font size. Choose A-icon, and you will see the options.
search any text in ebook in Edge browser EPUB reader in Windows 10
Search any text in a book. Click the magnifying glass and type your keywords.
Bookmark pages.

Especially, read aloud is a useful new feature in an ebook reading app. You can turn an EPUB ebook into an audiobook simply by asking the Edge browser to read it to you. At the moment, three voices are available for choosing which one pleases your ears the most. Edge can read web pages as well, so you can listen to articles you discover on the internet.