Where do you find ebooks? Learn about the Apple iBooks Store, the Kindle Store, Safari Books Online, publisher web sites, and about checking them out at your local library.
- [Instructor] So where do you find these interesting eBooks? All over the place. You'll need a computer, but once you have that down, and on wifi, or an ethernet connection, you're good to go. First let's look at the big kahuna, which is the Amazon Kindle Bookstore. Go to Amazon.com, and you can just start typing in the name of a book here, or you can jump down and browse through all the books, or you can go right down to the Kindle Store, which shows you everything they have that's in the Kindle format. But I found that even if you just go to Books, almost every book is available in the Kindle format.
Here, we're just going to jump to the Kindle Store, and let's say, I'm looking for a book by the scientist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. And there we go. So I'll just click right here, and here I can download a sample, I can purchase it right now, and I can choose which device to deliver it to, I can look inside. So, pretty easy. You can also search for eBooks on the Apple iBookstore. Now the problem is that you can't get to the Apple iBookstore in a browser. You have to use the iBooks app, or iTunes.
iTunes is available on the Mac and Windows. iBooks app is only available on the Macintosh. I'm going to go over to the iBooks app, and on the iBooks app, usually you're looking at your current iBook library, but if you click iBookstore, then you'll jump directly to the iBookstore. And here, I've done a search for free books, and you can go ahead and download these, or you can search for any book title that you want, or go to Featured; but I like Free Books, that's always fun.
And grab any of these to download. Let's jump back to the web browser. Now, Google is a big publisher of eBooks for the Android market, but you can read these on any platform as long as they're in the EPUB format. So here in Google Play, I can click on Books, and it shows me all these books that are available that I can download, start a free preview, and so on. If you are on an Android device then these would automatically download to your device. You can also go to major publishers like, for example, I just chose at random, Harper Collins.
So at Harper Collins Publisher, one of the big five book publishers, based in New York City, under Books I could say, just show me enhanced eBooks, for example. And jump over there, and I can see all these kind of cool books that have apparently, if they're enhanced, they must have video or sound or something other extra special. But these are all EPUB format. Also, you can go to this wonderful site, called BookBub that does a search; now they don't publish books themselves, but they do a daily update of book deals.
So if I click on Deals, when you set it up, you say Show Me Kindle Deals, Show Me Google Play Deals, Kobo Deals, other eReader Devices, or eBook sellers online, and I just say, show me everything. So we see Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Google, and Kobo. But here we have deals, like for example, that's free, right now on Amazon, for a limited time, or on any of these other platforms. It's really cool, and you can get a daily newsletter that, instead of you having to go to the website to find these.
Of course, you can always go to your local library, and check out eBooks there, which a lot of people who are not that familiar with eBooks don't realize you can do. It's pretty interesting. So, here's the Chicago Public Library, because I am from Chicago, and I can go down to Browse and say, show me all the eBooks that you have. And while it's pulling it's categories up, I went ahead and drilled down a bit to show you some fantastic non fiction that you can go ahead and download. Now they have a limit on the number of eBooks that can be checked out at one time for each title.
That's something that they agreed on with the publishers, which seems kind of silly, right. Because you could share an eBook a million times, it's not going to cost the publisher anything more. But, it's usually about 20, or 18, or some weird number like that. So these, you have to go on a wait list, but these you can download that great book, Wild, at this point, it's available right now. Borrow. And that just gets downloaded as an EPUB to your computer. Then there are other sites, like this one just came up recently. It's called standardebooks.org, and what they're doing is they're taking a lot of the books that are in the public domain, the classic books, and they are making them beautiful, reflowable, EPUBs, and other formats.
So, for example, if I wanted to check out The Red Room, it tells me how long it's going to take me to read, and then it's a free download for EPUB, and the Kindle, Kobo device, and EPUB3 and we're going to be talking about EPUB2 versus EPUB3 in a later video. So, as you can see, there are a ton of resources to find eBooks everywhere online, in basically any format that you want.
- Finding, downloading, and reading free ebooks
- Choosing the right format for your ebook
- Building reflowable EPUBs and fixed-layout EPUBs
- Using tools like Word, Sigil, calibre, Jutoh, Pages, PubCoder, and InDesign
- Adding animation and interactivity such as clickable buttons
- Creating ebooks for the Kindle
- Learning the pros and cons of PDF ebooks
- Creating reflowable and multitouch ebooks with iBooks Author