Ebooks for Beginners 

EPUB is the open-source standard for ebooks. So most ebook files will be called "somethingoruther.epub".

To get started, you first need to decide which ecosystem to invest in: Apple, Google, or Kindle. Once you decide, there's a section for each below. If you're already in one of these, I'd recommend sticking with it. If you're on the fence, I personally use Google because it's both very easy and ubiquitous. 


If you get lost anywhere in this guide, please email me, and I'll try to help you out. Your questions will help me make this guide clearer for future readers. So thank you in advance for helping me. 


📕 How to Read an Ebook on APPLE BOOKS

This first option shows you how to read an ebook on your iPhone, iPad, or even on your MacBook. And your notes and reading position will synchronize between devices. 

STEP 1. Download the .EPUB

If you sign up for The INFORMANT, I'll send you a free EPUB of HIGH ADVENTURE. One way or another, you'll need to download an EPUB to get started. The process may be easiest to follow on your iPhone (but you could also do it on your MacBook, and the two will sync). In your mobile browser, find the link to DOWNLOAD THE EPUB file. 

STEP 2. Open the .EPUB in Apple Books

It's pretty straightforward. If you don't have the app installed right now, you can get Apple Books here

STEP 3. Read!

It will take a second to upload the book to the cloud. Then you can start reading!

📘 How to Read an Ebook on GOOGLE PLAY BOOKS 

I like the Google option because you can read your ebooks in any browser (PC and Mac) or on any phone or tablet (Android and Apple). 

STEP 1. Download the .EPUB

If you sign up for The INFORMANT, I'll send you a free EPUB of HIGH ADVENTURE. And I think this process is easiest to do on a desktop browser. So pull out your laptop. Then find the .EPUB file, and download it to a place you can easily access. (I like to save stuff to my desktop.) 

STEP 2. Upload the .EPUB to Google Play Books

Now go to https://play.google.com/books. In the top right, click UPLOAD FILES. 

(By the way, you can also do this on your phone. Just tell it to open the .EPUB in your Google Play Books app.)

STEP 3. Read!

You can read the uploaded book on any phone or tablet or computer: 

📒 How to Upload an Ebook to your KINDLE

For years, this was a real pain. Now Amazon has a pretty straightforward route, and they guide you through it here: 

 Amazon's guide to uploading a Kindle book

Once a book is in your Kindle cloud, you can then download the Kindle app on most any device and read your books, which are stored and synced there:

🔖 Are Paper Books Better than Ebooks?  

Hey, I'm not saying you shouldn't keep your paper books. I even want you to buy my books in paper. But maybe ebooks deserve a fair shake...

Pros of a PAPER Book

Pros of an EBOOK

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