How to Load E-books to Nook and Kobo Glo

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Many people want to use e-books this summer, because carrying your personal library with you is a breeze when all you need to do is take along a small, portable, lightweight e-reader device. That is an ideal option whether you are traveling by car or plane, are going to the beach or just to the swimming pool, or are backpacking into the wilderness or going on a long bicycle excursion.

But those who are new to e-book technology can often feel intimidated by their e-reader devices because they don’t know exactly how they work. Just as when someone upgrades to a smart phone for the first can be confusing, it’s natural for some users to experience a learning curve when trying out e-books without anyone to show them the ropes.

Once you purchase content you’ll need to download it to your e-reader, otherwise it stays out of reach and you aren’t able to enjoy those titles. So here are some easy explanations of how to load e-books to two of the most popular devices – the Nook and the Kobo Glo.

Downloading / Uploading to Nook

Those who own a Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader can log on to their Barnes & Noble account using any secure Wi-Fi connection, and then shop to their heart’s content using the “Shop” icon at the bottom of the screen to enter the Barnes & Noble account  store. Just tap on the Books icon to start browsing and buying. Once the purchase is completed, as long as you have not changed the default settings on your Nook, your book will be immediately downloaded.

Otherwise, if you have changed the settings to protect your account from unauthorized purchases you’ll be asked to enter your password and then the transactions will proceed as usual. It’s as easy as that to load titles onto your Nook e-reader.

You can also load e-books that are stored on your computer to your Nook, by connected the two devices via a USB cable. When you look at the storage drives on your computer (which you can view using the My Computer tool) the Nook will appear, and you just click on it and open the file called My Files. Then drag whatever e-books or documents that you want to load onto the Nook into that folder. Afterwards right-click on the Nook icon, click on Eject, disconnect the USB cable, and your new books should be available inside the library on your Nook.

Saving Books to Kobo Glo

Buying books from the Kobo store works in a similar way. You tap the Bookstore icon the home screen of the device, click or tap on it, and then start browsing for books. Once your purchase is completed the e-books you’ve bought will be stored in Kobo’s cloud computers. If you want to download one of those titles, just tap on Library, choose Books, and tap on the particular book that you are ready to download. Transferring books and other documents from your computer is similarly easy, using the same kinds of steps you’d use to load the Nook device.

Since the Kobo Glo reads books in EPUB and PDF format, you won’t be able to directly download books that come are in incompatible formats. Most public libraries, for instance, protect their books from copyright infringement by using a formatting tool called Digital Rights Management or DRM. The way to work around that hurdle is to use a free software program from Adobe, (the same company that supplies DRM) called Adobe Digital Editions. You can subscribe to Adobe Digital Editions at the Adobe website and then install in on your computer.

A helpful tip to know, if you want to download free books from the Kobo Glo store and also find ones that not going to be protected by DRM or need to have their format tweaked by Adobe Digital Editions, is to use the Kobo Glo “old interface.” The “old interface” is the version of the Kobo Glo website used by countries in the world that do not include some of the major industrialized nations like the USA, UK, Germany, France, and Canada – where users access their Kobo Glo store using the “new interface.”

How do you get to the old version, even if you live in a country like the USA where it is not used? You can access the site through HOLA! That way you’ll enter through the older portal, and once you’re there you will have access to free downloadable books and you’ll also see “DRM-Free” listed below the book where its format is listed. Look for “DRM-free” titles, shop just those, and you don’t have to worry about doing a DRM work-around.

Using Your Free Kindle Reader Email Address

kindle-coverMany Kindle owners are not even aware that along with your Kindle comes a unique email address that can be conveniently used to make the most out of your Kindle e-book reader device. If you see an article online, for example, and want to send it to your Kindle for reading at your leisure, the Kindle email address is just the right tool to make that happen.

Oftentimes articles and other text found online is not as user-friendly in terms of readability as the realistic-looking words on a Kindle, with the parchment-like electronic paper, vivid ink, and the soft easy-on-the-eyes glow of the Kindle screen. But you may be able to simply send those articles via email to your Kindle reader.

Your Kindle Email Address

  • The email address associated with your Kindle is free of charge, and it is unique to you – so it’s not the same address given to any other owner of a Kindle.
  • If you are not sure what your individual Kindle email address is, go to the web link www.amazon.com/myk – and then click on the section called “Manage Your Devices.”
  • Inside that section look for Personal Document Setting. There you will see information about your account, including your Kindle email address, either shown in the format of [your name] @free.kindle.com or [your name] @kindle.com.

You and your approved contacts can send documents to your registered Kindle devices, free Kindle reading applications, and your Amazon Cloud Drive by e-mailing them to your Kindle e-mail address.

Sending Documents to Kindle

To send a document to your Kindle device or app, simply attach it to an e-mail addressed to your Send-to-Kindle e-mail. You don’t even have to include a subject in the email before sending it.

The following document formats are all supported and can be sent to your Kindle using the email method:

Kindle Format (.MOBI, .AZW)

Microsoft Word (.DOC, .DOCX)

HTML (.HTML, .HTM)

RTF (.RTF)

JPEG (.JPEG, .JPG)

PNG (.PNG)

BMP (.BMP)

GIF (.GIF)

PDF (.PDF)

Customizing Your PDF Files in Kindle

PDFs can also be converted to the Kindle format. That lets you use functions within Kindle that you typically do not have with regular PDF documents.

You can change the font size, for instance, which is a great feature if you like larger print for easier reading or if you have a particular font that is your favorite.

You can also perform annotations as you read that PDF document, which is a valuable tool for those who are doing research or are students who want to make notes as they read.

To have a personal document converted to Kindle format (.azw), the subject line should be “convert” when e-mailing it to your Kindle address.

Activate Whispersync

Having PDF files converted to Kindle also allows those who use the Whispersync program from Amazon to apply it to those documents.

For those who are not familiar with Whispersync, it is a unique feature that you can subscribe to as a Kindle user that lets you turn a text file into an audio file or visa-versa.

The Amazon Whispersync app provides a professional audio narration of a book, and is available for most e-books at a cost per book that varies between $4 and $12. Around 30,000 or more titles are available for use with Whispersync.

So if you like audio books, you can use Whispersync to turn your document into an audio book format. Likewise, you can switch from an audio format back to a readable format. You can even go back and forth, and when Whispersync is operating it highlights text, which can help you with taking notes.

President Obama Campaigns for Free E-Books

The Associated Press, along with leading business news outlets including the U.S. News & World Report, ran a story in late April explaining that President Barack Obama is pushing for more young people to have access to e-books. During a press conference held at a public library in one of the poorest neighborhood in Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, President Obama revealed the new plan to provide more than $250 million worth of free e-books to low-income students.

Project ConnectEd

The e-book initiative is part of a larger and more comprehensive project called ConnectEd, which is intended to promote education across the USA by taking advantage of digital technology and Internet connectivity. Legendary publishers of educational materials, including Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Random House are among the major industry leaders who are going to help supply easier, more widespread access to digital learning resources and school books in e-book format.

Another component of the program is a push to get library cards into the hands of more kids, particularly those who struggle against poverty. In pursuit of that goal, the White House has already secured commitments from 30 cities and counties across the United States, that have agreed to issue free library cards to young people.

Reading to Learn in the Digital Age

We’re going to provide millions of e-books online,” explained President Obama, “so that they’re available for young people who maybe don’t have as many books at home or don’t always have access to a full stock of reading materials.” He also emphasized to students who were in attendance at the announcement the importance of reading.

Obama described reading, in fact, as a key to success in life, regardless of what students want to learn or do. Touting the value of learning and of leveraging the power and convenience of digital transmission of knowledge, Obama said that the best way to read and learn in the age of the Internet is to be sure “you’re plugged in.”

Progressing into the Innovative Era of E-Books

During a conversation with dozens of young students, President Obama admitted that when he was a student he enjoyed reading traditional paper and ink books. He explained how it can be fun to bookmark pages, highlight sections, or otherwise mark up the pages of a conventional book. He said that today’s students, however, need to recognize as Obama put it, that “the truth of the matter is we live in a digital age.” He also pointed how that e-books are a whole lot easier to carry.

Of course there are also digital e-book readers and apps available these days that enable you to bookmark pages and even highlight passages or make margin notes while reading an e-book. So thanks to advancements in e-book technology, you can now have the best of both worlds – the pleasure Obama pointed out of traditional printed books delivered to you in handy electronic format.

Closing the Gap Between the Rich and Poor

President Obama went on to say that making electronic books available for free to those who may not have lots of books or be able to afford to buy the books that they want will help to close the gap between the rich and the poor in terms of literacy and learning. E-books can even the playing field, in other words, by giving less fortunate kids the opportunity to read that all people – particularly young students – want and deserve.

One of the primary goals of Free-eBooks.net, since its launch many years ago before e-books were even familiar to most consumers, has been to promote literacy across all demographics and economic levels, with free and equal access for everyone. Tens of millions of absolutely free e-books have been downloaded by young people and adults alike, in dozens of countries and multiple languages around the globe, thanks to the unique Free-eBooks.net model.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Everyone affiliated with Free-eBooks.net is excited and proud to learn that such a prominent project like ConnectEd is now underway. Hearing this kind of news encourages us and validates our efforts on many levels, and confirms that the Free-eBooks.net vision is based on a progressive understanding of the need to disseminate knowledge and learning by advanced digital means.

In fact, all of the concepts and benefits that President Obama has outlined and is aggressively promoting are totally aligned with the core values and purpose of Free-eBooks.net. Now it is possible, for example, for users of Free-eBooks.net to download and read thousands of fantastic books in all genres, including academic texts, and to even download an entire personal library that will fit on a USB stick that can be carried in one’s pocket.

 

Mother’s Day E-Book Ideas

happy-mothers-day-48963_640Lest you forgot, here’s an important head’s up! Mother’s Day 2015 is May 10th, which is just around the corner. To honor moms everywhere around the world here are some recommendations for e-books relevant to mothers and their special holiday.

Freebies That Keep Adding Value

At the Free-eBooks.net site, for example, you can download thousands of title absolutely free of charge, in multiple languages and every conceivable genre. Regardless of what your mom’s taste in literature may be, you’ll find a treasure trove of great titles – including both classic authors and new, undiscovered writers.

Some mothers, of course, just want to close their eyes and put their feet up for a while, and for them Free-eBooks.net offers a vast and constantly growing audio book library. But just because audio books are a modern phenomenon of the digital age, that doesn’t restrict the availability of timeless books by the world’s most famous novelists and poets.

You can give your mother titles by Mark Twain, Jules Vern, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, and more – and all are audio books read aloud to her that are available to play on virtually any portable player. She can relax and listen at the pool, on her deck or patio, or even while driving in the car. Audio books can teach her about yoga, travel, fitness and nutrition, fashion and home decor, arts and science, how to start her own entrepreneurial business, how to cook like a professional chef or select wines like a connoisseur. Whatever she’s into, she can delve deeper into it by just listening through her earbuds.

Books to Make Parenting Easier

One of the gifts that every mother wants is the realization or validation that she is doing a stellar job as a parent. That’s the most rewarding thing in her life. Maybe you have a friend or coworker who is a mom, and you want to celebrate her on Mother’s Day by sharing some valuable parenting resources.

Adventures in Parenting is an e-book that moms will enjoy as their favorite “go-to” encyclopedia of tips on how parental responding, preventing, monitoring, mentoring, and role modeling can make the journey of motherhood more successful. But these are no ordinary bits of advice passed around by amateurs or self-proclaimed parenting experts. The book is published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Health, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Reading for Single Moms

Let’s not overlooks single mothers, who really deserve a round of applause and heartfelt thanks and recognition this Mother’s Day. Browse through the titles on Free-eBooks.net and you’ll discover books that offer then personalized support, like “The Intentional Parent: Becoming a Competent Family Leader,” by Dr. Peter J. Favaro – who also wrote “Smart Parenting” and about a dozen other books.

Readers give this free book 5-star reviews because it has such great insights into promoting children’s expectations of success as a mother, while also setting healthy boundaries to make parenting less stressful. In addition to lots of real-life examples that illustrate the wise lessons presented in the books, there is also lots of humor – which makes it not just educational but downright fun to read.

Making Single Parenting a Breeze, by Terry Clark, is another valuable asset for any single mom’s personal library. She’s discover the best practices for raising children on her own, with my step-by-step tips and advice about single parenting that ensure that she no longer feels that she has to go it alone.

Books for New Mothers and Experienced Moms Alike

Then there are those new mothers or mothers-to-be who are just embarking on the journey of their lifetime, and one of the most exciting titles for them is the one humorously titled “There Goes the Brainstem: Tales from the Trenches of Early Motherhood, by Dr. Elizabeth Bonet. Dr. Bonet really gets it about how complicated parenting may seem to a new mom, but she simplifies the process with helpful everyday tips and very funny writing. She’ll teach moms strategies for convincing their partners to help watch the kids, for instance, how to make homemade Play-Dough, and the “13 Top Tips” that every new mother should know.

Even veterans of motherhood who are like the proverbial woman from the classic children’s story “who lived in a shoe and had so many children she did not know want to do” can appreciate a good tale to tell a child. For them there is the perfect 2-volume set called “Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren”. Author Paulo Coelho created this book for people of all cultures, and as the book’s description so eloquently puts it, the stories let readers take “a stroll through the universal traditions and legends, lulled by the unforgettable magic words ‘Once upon a time…’” The moms on your gift list will find joyful, inspiring, astonishing, and dramatic tales that provoke the imagination in an uplifting and wonderful way.

Remember Moms this May

If you really want to impress mom, give her access to a lifetime of fabulous reading material by investing in a VIP subscription on Free-eBooks.net that comes with perks like unlimited downloads. You can also create a customized library that contains 1,000 different books and give it to her in the form of a “stick library.”

This innovation from Free-eBooks.net makes it possible to carry that whole library on a USB computer memory stick. Moms already have enough stuff to carry, and even books can be an added burden. But when they are electronic books and she can fit 1,000 of them into her coin purse, that’s a incredible gift she will be thankful for all year long.

Most of all – wherever your mom is, and regardless of what her taste preferences are when it comes to reading material – be sure to set aside time this month to remember and honor her. Make a note on your calendar now, and don’t forget to call mom! She’ll be so happy you did, and so will you.

Popularity of E-Book Subscriptions Surges

imageFree-eBooks.net was on the cutting edge of innovation when it first launched about eight years ago. Since then it has emerged as a leading site for global downloading of e-books, serving millions of people in dozens of languages who have downloaded more than 20 million books. During that time the rest of the reading and publishing universe has also caught up and gotten into the game, and now e-books are even being used in colleges and university classrooms.

The Emergence of Mainstream Subscription Services

Digital subscription services were virtually unknown a decade ago, and when Netflix first launched its streaming content option it was met with a lot of disapproval from some customers. At that time the movie rental giant tried to bundle its streaming services with its traditional subscriptions for movies delivered through the mail on DVD discs. Customers complained, and soon Netflix found itself backtracking and separating the two services with distinct billing.

New technology is always greeted with some resistance, though, and if you have been tracking Netflix long enough you may recall that the company’s stock price faltered in the early days as many analysts predicted it would go bankrupt. People were having trouble getting used to the idea of shopping for movies online, expressing a preference for browsing through titles in a brick and mortar store. But that was then, back in the dinosaur days before Blockbuster bit the dust and Netflix disrupted the entire movie rental industry with its popular innovations.

The Amazon Acceleration

Along the way Amazon invented the Kindle, kindling a digital revolution that has disrupted the centuries-old book publishing establishment and ushering in the mainstream acceptance and widespread global use of e-books. Sure, e-books had already been around for a while, but most industry observers thought they were a passing trend that was headed down a dead end road to nowhere.

Today, however, e-books are not only wildly popular but content providers like Amazon have launched  e-book subscription services like Kindle Unlimited. Amazon is rather tight-lipped about the success of its program and the deals it makes with authors who agree to include their books in Kindle Unlimited, but estimates are that the service has consumers downloading millions of titles per month.

The Popular Appeal of E-Book Subscriptions

One part of the broad appeal of subscription services is that it offers readers a way to receive books and check them out, without having to pay typical full retail prices for those titles. That removes a great deal of the perceived risk of buying a book that the reader may not really enjoy.

That same model for content delivery has worked brilliantly for other products, particularly movie DVDs and downloadable music that lets listeners buy one song without paying for an entire album. But from the point of view of many traditional publishers, subscription services are not exactly their idea of a dream come true.

Publishers Reluctantly Joining the Party

Publishers often feel threatened, for example, because they are worried that the success of subscriptions will undermine the profits they are accustomed to earning form actual book sales. The tide is turning, however, because of so much consumer demand for digital books at an affordable price point and with easy deliver. Just a few months ago, for instance, the CEO of the major publishing house McMillan announced that it would soon launch a subscription service focused on books not typically found in traditional brick and mortar stores.

Our Philosophy and Subscription-Style Options

But we are happy to remind the world that at Free-eBooks.net we have always supported independent authors and given them a worldwide platform to connect with readers. We also believe in offering readers the broadest choices in diverse genres, free of charge. That’s as good as it gets. You can also take advantage of our affordably priced subscription type services, in the form of our special VIP Membership plans.

You’ll enjoy unlimited downloads of thousands of titles – ranging from contemporary to classic – for less than $8 a month. You can also sign up for a whole year for less than $40, or make the most rewarding and budget-priced investment with a Lifetime membership. That enables you to download books for life with other VIP privileges for a one-time investment of less than $50. That’s about what you’d pay for a couple of traditional printed books or for only a few short months of subscription service from other e-book sources – but that’s just how we roll at Free-eBooks.net.