How to Use an eBook Reader

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How to Use an eBook Reader

An eBook reader gives avid readers an easy and convenient way to access the books they love. However, the variety of options makes some readers reluctant to purchase or try an eBook reader. Each of the eBook distributors uses their own file format for the eBook, which has led to the creation of brand specific eBook readers that only read certain file formats. The differences between readers grew as new features and ideas were added to eBooks over time. Still, a basic eBook reader accesses the file and displays the information for reading. Choosing the right eBook reader depends on the types of eBook formats a consumer wishes to purchase. However, this is not a big problem as most readers can read several common file types.

Media Displayed on eBook Readers

An eBook reader can display something as simple as pure text, or as complicated as movies or video. The Kindle Fire is an Amazon eBook reader that has enough power and screen resolution to play video and movies. Like several other top brand eBook readers, the Fire can also connect to the Internet wirelessly and display web pages. These features and a variety of others mean that the modern eBook reader is more like a tablet computer. These files are all just computer programs, but the eBook reader displays them in a variety of ways. Simply getting the eBook in the right format is only part of the battle in reading a book in the digital era.

Ebook File Formats

In its simplest form, an eBook reader is anything that can display the contents of an eBook. This includes file types designed for word processors or display on the web. Since, eBook readers are proprietary they are usually limited in what eBook formats the eBook can display.

File Type/Ebook

AZW

EPUB

BMP

HTML

TXT

MOBI

PDF

PRC

Kindle

Yes

No

Some

Some

Yes

Yes

Some

Yes

Nook

No

Yes

Yes

Some

No

No

Yes

No

Sony Reader

No

Yes

Yes

Some

Yes

Some

Yes

No

Kobo

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Hanvon

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Buyers should be aware that there are dozens of different manufacturers of eBook readers, and off-brand ereaders. There are also dozens of different potential file types available. There are a few popular brands of ereaders that support certain eBook file types. Some later models of ereaders may support more file types than the earlier models. For example, the Nook Colour supports HTML for web browsing while the original Nook does not.

Downloading eBook Files

Ereaders download files to the reader through the Internet or via a mini USB connection. When purchasing an eBook file through a distributor, such as Amazon, the file is automatically sent to the buyer's Amazon Kindle account. The next time the Kindle reader connects wirelessly to the Internet, it automatically downloads the eBook file, or any file type purchased through the distributor website.

Downloading from a Computer

If a wireless connection is not available or the file is on a desktop computer, users can download it to the eBook reader with a mini USB connection. All users have to do is download the eBook file to the computer from the eBook distributor website and plug the mini USB cable into the eBook reader and into the standard USB port on the computer. The computer should automatically recognise the eBook reader as a peripheral device.

A window usually pops up showing the eBook reader hard drive. Double-click on the folder in the eBook reader hard drive that contains eBook files already downloaded to the eBook reader. Open the folder containing the eBook file on the desktop computer. Click and drag the eBook file out of this folder and into the eBook file folder. This tells the desktop computer to download a copy of the eBook to the eBook reader. When the download is complete, disconnect the eBook reader and open the eBook on the reader.

How to Buy eBook Readers on eBay

When buying an eBook reader on eBay there are a few important things to keep in mind. It is an open marketplace, allowing anyone to sell ereaders at competitive prices. Before completing the purchase, check the user rating and number of sales a seller has made. Since eBook readers support different file formats, decide beforehand which format you prefer. For many consumers this depends primarily on which site you like to use to buy eBooks. Always check to see what is available before making a choice, but remember that eBook readers can support many different file types from a variety of sources.

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