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Why ePUB?

You may notice when reviewing our site all the books (with the exclusion of free reads) are offered in ePUB format only. We anticipate this to be only temporary, as currently our site cannot be configured to offer more than one electronic format per title, but until such a time as we can offer our standard four versions we have opted to offer ePUB only.

ePUB is the most widely utilized electronic format for publication as it is termed an ‘open’ format, allowing adjustment to the file depending on the reader you use. Font styles and sizes can be manipulated based on your ebook reader parameters, and you maintain the formatting of the text. With electronic files such as html or prc/mobi, while they are flexible for loading to certain devices, they often lose graphics such as cover art. Something maintained with an ePUB. An Adobe PDF is not an open format, and often doesn’t translate well when added to eReader devices.

Considering the pros and cons of the formats we offer, ePUB rose to the top as having the most in its favor. We have attempted to provide instructions below based on the most popular readers as to how you can option to load an ePUB file to your device. The majority of eReader devices will directly accept ePUB files, with the exception of Kindle. Although it is commonly stated you cannot purchase an ePUB for a Kindle, the truth is you can but need to convert it; which is easy with the right program. It takes no more time than loading to any other device.

Experience with various devices has shown us use of a program such as Calibre can be both helpful and convenient for users. Calibre is a free program which will store, catalogue, and convert ePUB files for use on various readers as well as act as a reader on your computer if you don’t have a device. At DBP, we have a variety of device ownerships – first generation Nook, Nook Color, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Sony, and iPad – and Calibre will facilitate the transfer of ePUB files to just about every one of these devices.

Calibre is available for both Mac and PC users. You can read more about Calibre and download the free program at http://calibre-ebook.com/

Please note: DBP is in no way affiliated with or gain benefit from suggesting Calibre as an option for use with your Kindle or other devices. The website does ask if you would like to make a donation for maintenance of the program, but it is not in any way required. We suggest Calibre based on personal experience.

Loading To Your Kindle or Kindle Fire Using Calibre:

The Kindle and Kindle Fire are not configured for reading ePUB files, and so files must be converted to MOBI; however, Calibre will store the file, convert the file, and upload the file for you.

  1. If you have not already done so, download your free Calibre program to your computer. Open the program.
  2. Download your ePUB file to your computer and make note of where. Many people download to their desktop or a folder for ebooks.
  3. Once you’ve opened Calibre, click “Add Books” and select the ePUB file from the location where you saved it.
  4. Connect you Kindle device to your computer. NOTE: Kindle does not provide this cord with the device, unfortunately. You will have had to have purchased it alone. Once you’ve connected the Kindle, Calibre will read it to determine which device you are using.
  5. A new icon will appear on the Calibre screen called “Send to Device”. Click on the ePUB you wish to send to the Kindle to highlight it, then click “Send to Device”.
  6. You will be prompted to auto-convert the files to mobi for use on a Kindle. Click “Yes”.
  7. In the bottom –right corner of the screen you will see a job status. When the status returns to zero, the conversion and loading to your device is complete.
  8. When finished, properly disconnect your device and close Calibre. The book is now on your Kindle.

Loading To Kobo:

For users of Kobo only, you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to your computer before transferring files. You can download from http://www.Adobe.com/Products/DigitalEditions

  1. Download your ePUB format to your computer and make note of where. Many people download to their desktop or a folder for ebooks.
  2. Open the ADE application on your computer and connect your Kobo using the USB cable you received with your reader.
  3. Switch from “Reading View” to “Library View”.
  4. Select “Library” à Add Item to Library” from the top left.
  5. Select your ePub file and click “Open”.
  6. Drag the icon of your new book from your library to the icon indicating “KOBOeReader.”
  7. A progress bar will indicate the copy status. When complete, close ADE and properly disconnect your reader.

Loading to your Nook or Nook Color:

  1. Download your ePUB format to your computer and make note of where. Many people download to their desktop or a folder for ebooks.
  2. Connect your Nook or Nook Color to your computer using the USB cable you received with your reader. Your reader will appear as a removable drive.
  3. Drag and drop your ePUB file into the folder titled “Digital Editions.”
  4. Wait for the book to load, then properly eject the removable drive/eReader and disconnect.
  5. Your ePUB file will appear under Library/My Stuff/Media/Digital Editions.

Loading to your Sony Reader:

If you have not already done so, you will need to install the Sony Reader Library Software to your computer before transferring files. You can download from http://ebookstore.sony.com/download/

  1. Download your ePUB format to your computer and make note of where. Many people download to their desktop or a folder for ebooks.
  2. Connect your Nook or Nook Color to your computer using the USB cable you received with your reader. Your reader will appear as a removable drive.
  3. Select “File”à “Import Files” (or type Ctrl-I)
  4. Select your ePUB file and click “Open”.
  5. Your new ePUB file will be in your list of books under “Library”. Click on the book title and drag to the device icon listed in the left side menu.
  6. Do not remove your device from your computer until you have closed the Sony Library or ejected the device. This can cause data corruption severe enough to require a reset of factory settings to correct the problem.

Loading to your iPad or iPad Mini:

Make sure you have either iBookstore (native to Apple) or another eReader program, such as provided by Nook or Kindle. You must also have iTunes loaded to your computer. http://www.Apple.com/iTunes/Download/

To Load to iBookstore

  1. Purchase your title and download it to your preferred location on your computer (Mac or PC). Many people just do this to their desktop or have a folder dedicated to ebooks.
  2. For MAC Users: Either drag and drop the ePUB file into iTunes or select “File” à “Add File to Library” à Navigate to where you saved your file and select. Click “OK”
  3. For PC Users: Open iTunes. Select “File” à “Add File to Library” à Navigate to where you saved your file and select. Click “OK
  4. Connect your iPad to your computer using the USB cord provided with your device.
  5. In iTunes, from the “Devices” on the left, click on your iPad icon.
  6. Click on the “Books” tab found in the top right of the screen.
  7. Click the “Sync Books” check box.
  8. You can choose to either sync all the iBooks in your iTunes account by selecting “All Books” or syncing only certain books by selecting “Selected Books”. This is your preference.
  9. Click “Apply” to begin synchronizing your iPad. Your eBook will appear on your iBookshelf alongside any eBooks you’ve loaded or purchased, whether by manually downloading or purchasing direct from Apple’s iBookstore via iTunes.

To Load To a Different eReader Program

  1. Click on your iPad icon from iTunes
  2. Click on your “Apps” tab.
  3. Scroll to the bottom section for “File Sharing”.
  4. Select your chosen eReader Application.
  5. Select the eBooks you wish to add to that program and click the “add” button.
  6. Click “Apply” to begin synchronizing your iPad.

I want to read on my computer without a device.

Most eBook readers who read on their desktops or laptops versus a device use PDF as it is the most basic, simple, and safe program; however, it still lacks the flexibility of an ePUB file. Just about every eBook store with their own reader also provides a free reader program separate from the device to be used on computers, laptops, and some phones.

You can either download one of these free programs from whomever you prefer, or Calibre can also act as an on-scree reading program.

Our free reads are currently offered in pdf format only.