Putting Your EPUB Book on Your Phone or Tablet

Once you have an EPUB file , what do you do with it?

Perhaps you have created an EPUB file from your own manuscript (using our formatting service, of course!).

Perhaps someone has emailed you an EPUB file.

Perhaps you have downloaded an EPUB file.

Now, how do you read it?

Read it with Google’s EPUB eReader app

Google has a great EPUB eReader app. It makes it easy to add notes to your book and even to share those notes with others if you wish.

If you have a Google account (and maybe an Android phone or tablet), you are all set.

Goggle’s EPUB eReader app is call Play Books.

The first step is to install the Play Books app onto your Android phone or tablet. Hereafter, I’ll just say phone, but it all applies to tablets as well.

Read it on your desktop computer

If you don’t have an Android phone or tablet, you can still read the EPUB file by going to https://play.google.com. Click on Books, click on My Books, click on the EPUB book you wish to read. This provides an EPUB reader directly in your web browser. Unfortunately, this is a lousy eReader. The Play Books app works great on a phone or tablet, but not so well on a desktop or laptop PC.

Making Notes

If you are proofreading on your phone, you can highlight a word or phrase by holding your finger on the word (then possibly dragging out the highlight to span multiple words). This pops up a menu letting you click a highlight color or click the plus sign to add a note.

To add a note, you can type on the onscreen keyboard that pops up, or, even better, you can click on the microphone icon and dictate your note (if your phone or tablet allows voice input). Google even gets a lot of the words right!

If you choose to sync the notes to your Google Drive, you can later view (or share) those notes with others. For example, if you are proofreading for another author, you can grant access to your notes to that author. Or, an author and editor can share the notes with each other.

– Frank