Reading an eBook

Okay, you’ve got an eBook. Maybe you made it yourself with our web-based formatting service. Maybe we formatted it for you. Maybe you received it via email or downloaded from the author’s web site.

What do you do with it?

How can you read it?

It depends upon

Reading on a Desktop or Laptop Computer

Computer Running Microsoft Windows

  • PDF

    Read it in a PDF viewer such as Adobe or Evince. If you don’t have a PDF viewer you like, install the free Evince PDF viewer: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Evince/Downloads.

    Note, the PDF files produced via Nepo Press are designed to be viewed two pages at a time (because they are “camera-ready” images intended to be printed by CreateSpace). So, if you want to see the book as it would appear in printed form, be sure to set your PDF viewer to show two pages at a time (“dual” mode or whatever) and be sure even-numbered pages appear on the left and odd-numbered pages appear on the right. (For reading for pleasure, you might be happier setting your PDF viewer to show one page at a time, but you will then see the occasional blank page). This is so the printed book will have chapters start on the right hand (odd numbered) page.

    If you have a link to the PDF file, you could open it directly in your web browser (e.g., FireFox or Chrome). If you don’t like the PDF viewer your web browser uses, then download the PDF to your computer and open it in Adobe or Evince.

  • HTML

    If you have a link to an HTML version of the book, you can read it directly in your web browser. It probably won’t work well if you download it and try to view the downloaded copy (because the style sheet and images might not be downloaded).

    When reading in a web browser, remember that you can adjust the font size and you can also adjust the width (grab the right edge of your browser’s window with the left mouse button, then drag left or right.

    HTML versions of a book produced via Nepo Press are intended for quick proofreading by the author, so are not fully suitable for distributing as an eBook.

  • Mobi

    Install Kindle for PC, as shown in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM8a4s9C-nw, then follow the instructions in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLUesM82TmM.

  • EPUB

    There are ways to read an EPUB book on Windows, but I don’t think they are worth the trouble. Buy an Android phone or tablet and use Google’s Play Books app instead.

    If you are set on reading an EPUB file on Windows, you can Google for how to do it and/or email me to discuss it.

Computer Running Mac OS X

  • EPUB

    It couldn’t be easier. Download the EPUB file or save it from the email then double click on the file in the Finder to open it in iBooks. Recent version of OS X come with iBooks built in. If you don’t have iBooks, try the Mobi file as described below.

  • Mobi

    Go to Amazon and install Kindle for Mac. Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLUesM82TmM for the general idea for finding the directory where Kindle for Mac looks for books, then put the Mobi file into that directory. Note, you may need to unhide the directory. I would suggest reading the EPUB version instead, if you have that option.

  • PDF

    Preview works great. Just double click on the PDF file and it should open automatically in Preview. Alternatively, you could use Adobe or the free Evince PDF viewer: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Evince/Downloads.

    Note, the PDF files produced via Nepo Press are designed to be viewed two pages at a time (because they are “camera-ready” images intended to be printed by CreateSpace). So, if you want to see the book as it would appear in printed form, be sure to set your PDF viewer to show two pages at a time (“dual” mode or whatever) with even pages on the left and odd on the right. For reading for pleasure, you might be happier setting your PDF viewer to show one page at a time.

  • HTML

    If you have a link to an HTML version of the book, you can read it directly in your web browser. It probably won’t work well if you download it and try to view the downloaded copy (because the style sheet and images might not be downloaded).

    When reading in a web browser, remember that you can adjust the font size and you can also adjust the width (grab the right edge of your browser’s window with the left mouse button, then drag left or right.

    HTML versions of a book produced via Nepo Press are intended for quick proofreading by the author, so are not fully suitable for distributing as an eBook.

Phone or Tablet

If you have an iPhone or iPad, your best bet is probably to read the EPUB file in iBooks.

If you have an Android phone or tablet, your best bet is probably to read the EPUB file in Google’s Play Books app.