This is a list of good places to download free ebooks, written by my colleague over at eBook Reader Software.
Below is an article written by my colleague Jared Scott, who writes eBook Reader Software. I wanted to re-post this article here because, in my experience, this is something that often trips people up. Many people tend to assume that PDF files are always printable.
I think that folks have gotten used to the idea that not all other ebook formats are printable, especially when they’re made specifically for reading on e-readers or other devices. But PDF is an especially tricky one, and I think it will continue to be for a long time since PDF files will always have the capability of being printed. The big question that has to be answered upfront is whether a specific PDF file has had that capability turned off or not.
Here’s the article:
Here is the quick answer: Most ebooks are not printable, and if you’re not sure whether an ebook is printable, it’s best to assume that it is not.
This question regarding whether ebooks are printable or not seems to have become less of an issue over the past year or two, as more ebook reader devices have become available and as they have become more popular. Before that, ebooks were being used on the computer more than they are now. Also, people would often purchase an ebook with the intent of downloading it to their computer and then printing a copy.
Personally, I think that’s pretty silly. I am guessing that the idea behind this method is that you could buy an ebook and print it faster than you could buy a paper book and wait for it to be delivered. But when you consider the cost of printer paper and printer ink, I don’t think it makes much sense.
Another situation that might lend itself to printing an ebook is when an independent author has self-published his/her book as an ebook, but it’s not available as a paper book. In that case, a person might be interested in the content of the book but not want to read it on a screen. In this situation, printing an ebook makes a little more sense, but it still seems like way too much trouble to me.
The majority of ebooks that you’ll buy are not printable at all. Let’s consider each popular ebook format separately:
Kindle AZW Format:
I don’t own a Kindle or use Kindle ebooks (I have a BeBook Neo) so I’ve never tried to print a Kindle ebook. However, I searched Amazon’s Kindle Help section and I couldn’t find any information about printing at all. This leads me to believe that Kindle ebooks don’t have a printing function. Since they are designed to be read on Kindle devices, or other Kindle apps for your computer or mobile devices, it makes sense that a printing function would not have been built into the software.
Microsoft Reader Format:
Microsoft Reader ebooks are not printable at all. Microsoft did not build a printing function into the software.
Mobipocket Reader Format:
Mobipocket Reader ebooks are not printable at all. Again, Mobipocket did not build a printing function into the software. This makes sense because even though Mobipocket ebooks can be read on a Windows PC, they were primarily designed for reading on mobile devices like Blackberrys, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, etc.
Palm eReader Format:
Again, same story. There is no printing function because this software was designed to be used on mobile devices.
EPUB ebooks are printable by default. If the EPUB file is being protected by DRM, such as with Adobe’s Content Server DRM, then the publisher of the ebook can disable the printing function. If you’re not sure whether this has been done, it’s safest to assume that you won’t be able to print the ebook. Don’t buy an ebook with the intention of printing it if you’re not sure whether you will be able to print it.
PDF is the most likely candidate for printing, but you still have to make sure that printing hasn’t been disabled by the publisher of the ebook. When a PDF file is created with Adobe Acrobat, the creator of the file can change the document security so that printing is not allowed. (Other features can also be disabled, such as the ability to copy text from the document.)
Other Formats like Word, txt, HTML:
Microsoft Word files, plain text files (.txt) and HTML files are printable. But like I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t consider these files types to be real ebooks.
Should eBooks Be Printable?
My answer is: I don’t think that ebooks need to be printable. One of the main differences between an ebook and a paper book is that the ebook is not printed on paper. If you buy an ebook and then print it, you lose some of the benefits of ebooks like the fact that they don’t use up trees, and the fact that they are digital files that don’t take up physical space.
Many book publishers don’t want their ebooks to be printable because they are concerned about copyright violations. Printing an ebook multiple times with the intention of re-selling it is much easier than scanning a book and then printing off multiple copies.
There are some cases in which an ebook needs to be printable. Some ebooks contain maps, charts, or other graphics that might need to be printed. There are also ebooks that contain plays or sheet music that might need to be printed by the person who is using them. In those cases, it is important that the book publisher leave the printing function available for the consumer. But like I said above, if you are buying an ebook with the intention of printing it, check with the seller before placing your order.
In a nutshell, you can determine fairly easily whether an ebook will be printable or not if you consider the format of the ebook and whether or not it is protected by DRM. If the ebook is EPUB or PDF, it will probably be printable if there is no DRM present. If the ebook is in a format that was designed for use on e-readers or other mobile devices, then it is not printable. If you’re buying a current popular ebook from a mainstream ebook retailer, you should assume that the publisher of the book requires DRM on the download, which will disable printing in most cases.
Bottom line: If you want a printed book, buy a printed book. Don’t buy an ebook.
EPUB validation tool is an essential tool that enlists the errors in the EPUB file, an electronic book format that has become the industry standard, allowing eBooks that use this format to be read on a wide range of eReaders available now a days. EPub was developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum, a trade organization of e-book manufacturers, retailers, software developers and publishers that from has been working to create an open, one-size-fits-all format.
Epub mainly consists of three specifications, the Open Publication Structure (OPS), Open Packaging Format (OPF) and Open Container Format (OCF), produced by the IDPF. “EPUB” allows publishers to produce and send a single digital publication file through distribution and offers consumers interoperability between software/hardware for unencrypted reflowable digital books and other publications.
Any text containing document can be converted to EPUB format using various converters or conversion services as EPUB is the preferred format for reading on many ebook readers, including the Barnes & Noble Nook, Android, and the Apple iOS iBooks platform that runs on iPhone and iPad
During epub conversion most of the times, the standards that are to be maintained for epub reflowable digital books are not maintained and it causes various types of error. To identify such kind of errors, epub validation tool was discovered. The epub validation tool identifies the errors and then the epub book developer can eliminate those errors and can create the epub format book that meets all the ePub 1.0.5 standards. The epub validation tool checks OCF container structure, OPF and OPS mark-up. Even if an eBook displays correctly in all major eBook readers, some publishers do not accept it if it does not pass the validation check. So EPUB Validation more or less becomes indispensable.
The best way to make sure that your eBook is a 100% valid EPUB file is to upload your DRM-free ePub document from your disk at EPub Validation . This validation tool will help you to enlist the errors in the EPUB file that are to be corrected.
About the Author
All the authors, publishers, copyright owners looking for paid professional assistance in validating, formatting or meeting Apple iBookstore standards for ePub file, contact Bob@epubconversion.com
This is a useful review of the free program Sigil that my colleague just wrote. Sigil is a free program for creating .epub files from txt or HTML. This is a great option for self-publishing authors.
Author: Oli Osorhan
Many writers aspire to write books. Writing a book is a long, involved, difficult process. Book publishing is harder. A writer may submit his book repeatedly only to be turned down. The writer may eventually succeed. Wouldn’t it have been easier to get published the first time? Is that possible?
You can improve your chances of a publisher accepting your book manuscript if you understand more about what happens at the publisher’s desk. Book publishers are busy people with several projects bombarding their desks every day. They must decide quickly about what will sell. They must also delegate their time efficiently to keep the business running. Only occasionally do publishers actually seek out work. Let’s look at a typical work day of a publisher to help you understand book acceptance and book publishing.
PERSIST AND PERSEVERE
Writers must be persistent. Regardless of how many times a publisher rejects your book manuscript and throws your ideas in the trash, you have to keep going back for more discouragement. Eventually you’ll make it in the door. If you can get all the way through, you will finally get to a place where publishers accept more of your work. When working with a book publisher, the rule is the same. If you have a book that you know will sell, you must persevere to get the publisher’s attention. Most likely, you will be sending excerpts of your book, not the entire book, to a publisher. As you continually send your manuscript or book excerpts to publisher after publisher, you should try to market it in different ways. Publishers seek a particular kind of writing; they will dismiss anything that doesn’t meet their criteria and high standards. Variation in your marketing techniques may turn a rejected book into an accepted book.
WHAT DO BOOK PUBLISHERS WANT?
Book publishing is a strange business. People’s tastes are somewhat fickle. A book publisher has to keep up with what kinds of books will sell. It seems mysteries will always have a place on the bookshelves. Crichton and Grisham may tie up the book market until they are finished. That is just one example from one genre of books. Publishers have to keep track of what is selling in all areas of literature. The best way for you to get your work noticed is to make it look similar to what is already selling in the marketplace. Be careful not to imitate style or voice of another author. Write with your own unique words while imitating the use of popular public opinion. Another way to improve your chances of getting published is to find out who’s publishing what.
ARE YOU MARKETING TO THE RIGHT PUBLISHER?
Some publishers specialize in a certain kind of writing. If you are writing a novel, you’ll look stupid (and get rejected) if you send it to publishers who publish technical manuals. How do you find out who is the most likely candidate to publish your work? There are reference manuals, such as Writer’s Market, at your library that will tell you who’s publishing what and what publishers are seeking. It will contain valuable information leading you to children’s book publishers, novel publishers, and textbook publishers. If the handbook at your library is not up to date, your next option is to check out the new releases and best sellers rack at the bookstore. Buy a few books and read them. You’ll have a much better feel for the book market as a consumer first, and book writer second.
Book publishing is difficult to break into. It can be helpful to approach the issue from the direction of the publisher. Before you submit your manuscript again, improve your chances of acceptance by following these tips:
1) Change your marketing style so that you grab attention;
2) Make sure you are a book consumer yourself. You’ll get a better feel for what’s selling and what a publisher will buy. You’ll also find out who is publishing which types of books.
3) Finally, by buying the product you are trying to sell, you will improve the book economy all together. Publishers need to see people buying books before they can commit to publishing more.
Many authors begin their careers with the single goal of getting their book published by a reputable publisher. Book publishing is difficult to accomplish. It takes many months of work and extensive preparation. Writing a book involves intricately woven ideas. A book is a project, and it may contain many other projects that involve research, development, and marketing. Most authors are disillusioned about the intensive process of creating a full, coherent book. Writing a book and finding a publisher is like nothing you have ever done before. It will take extensive and intensive work and development. It will also probably include much of everything you know, and more.
About the Author
Oli works full time as a Market Analyst.He graduated in Management.He can help you to grow your computer consulting.
This seems like a useful overview for anyone who is writing a book and wants to get it published, whether in ebook format or paper format. I think the most important thing is to write your book first, without worrying very much about whether it is marketable or whether a publisher will be interested. You have to write your book before you can start looking for a publisher, and you never know how the market will evolve while you’re writing.
My colleague at eBook Reader Software has put up a cool round-up of some new eReader releases and current sales/price drops.
Included are the new Kindle with Special offers, Nook Touch, Kobo Touch, and sales on BeBook Models:
Both the BeBook Neo and BeBook Club eReaders have gone on sale at eBookMall.com. The Neo has dropped down to $199 and the Club to $169. Plus the Club now comes with a free case, which they say is a $30 value.
I have a BeBook Neo and I like it quite a lot, especially with ePub ebooks. The Neo does have a touch screen, but it’s not the finger-swiping kind. It comes with a stylus that you use to tap on the screen. It was released before these touch screens became as popular as they are now. The stylus method that it has works well enough because it at least means that you don’t have to navigate through the screens with the buttons.”
Read more at eReader News.
The big ebook-related news for this week is that Amazon has released a new version of the Kindle. This one is priced lower at $114, and it comes with “special offers” and advertisements. These special offers will display in a bar across the bottom of the page, or in a screen saver that comes on when you’re not reading. Amazon promises that the advertisements will not interfere with your reading.
The offers are coupons for discounts on products like MP3s, audio books, and products at Amazon.com. There will be an app called AdMash that you can download to the Kindle that will allow you to customize the offers that you see. This is not yet available.
It looks like the device itself is exactly the same as the regular version that sells for $139.
When I first heard about this, I scoffed at it. I thought something along the lines of, great, another advertising scheme. But now that I see that the “special offers” are actually offers, that changes my opinion. Basically, you get to pay less for the device and then get free valuable discounts on products. The value will depend on whether you actually want those products, so if you can customize the offers that you see, that will be better.
It doesn’t ship until May 3rd, so we’ll see what people say once they actually have the device.