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So, if you're reading this you've either a) Already made the plunge and are voraciously reading books in a digital format or b) are thinking about making the plunge and are wondering what you need to know about ebooks.
Either way, the most important question you face is, "If I'm reading on my phone or Nook, can I still support the Doylestown Bookshop?" Well, thanks to Google eBooks, it is now possible.
If you find yourself having any trouble, please don't hesitate to contact us either by phone (215-230-7610) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can help walk you through the process.
Here's what you'll need to know about buying ebooks from the Doylestown Bookshop.
Which devices are compatible with Google ebooks?
• Google eBooks can be read through any web-capable device, like computers or smartphones.
• Google eBooks can be read through Google Books apps for Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) or Android phones.
• Google eBooks can also be read on Sony Reader and Nook.
What about the Kindle?
•The Kindle is a proprietary device made by Amazon. The only ebooks that can be read on a Kindle are Kindle format books. Only Amazon sells Kindle format books and you are restricted to buying all your ebooks from Amazon. It's something to keep in mind if you're in the market for an e-reader and still want to have a choice in where you purchase your books.
Are Google ebooks different from other e-books?
• Google ebooks are not downloaded to a computer or device. Rather, they are stored on a Google server, and a reader accesses the e-book from that server on any web-capable computer or device. The “everywhere at once” nature of this data access is commonly referred to as “the cloud.”
• Google ebooks can be viewed in any web browser, as well as on the Sony Reader and the Nook.
• Google has made reading apps available for multi-function devices, such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android.
• Any customer with an existing Google Account, for example, Gmail, Google calendar, etc., is already set up to access Google ebooks.
In less than five minutes, we can have you set up and ready to go.
•Set up an online account with the Doylestown Bookshop (click on the Create New Account tab). If you already have an account, with us, please sign in now.
•Set up a Google Account (if you don't have one already). The reason for this step is that the first time you purchase a Google eBook, you will be asked to associate a Google Account with your Doylestown Bookshop account. If you already have an existing Google account, such as Gmail, Google calendar, etc, you'll already be set up and won't need to do anything extra.
What if I already have the Google app on my phone or Mac device?
•If you already have the app on your phone or Mac device, then you're probably pretty well versed in purchasing ebooks. That being said, if you want to make your purchases from the Doylestown Bookshop, please be sure to go to doylestownbookshop.com for your ebooks as opposed to the Google store.
•Paying for eBooks - We hope to be able offer gift card payment for ebooks at some point in thefuture, but at this time, the only way to pay for ebooks is with a credit card.
•Reading on a Sony e-Reader, Nook or other dedicated e-Reader? The first thing you'll need is Adobe Digital Editions on your computer and proceed from there. Complete download, install and transfer instructions can be found at the bottom of the page.
Well, you've signed up and installed all the necessary information and can start shopping for Google eBooks.
Once a purchase is complete, the customer will be directed to download their Google eBooks from their Account page, where their e-book files will be found on the My eBooks tab. From here, the customer can read their e-book in the web-based Google Books reader, or any device with the Google Books application.
The customer also has the option to Download an Adobe Digital Editions version of their Google eBook purchase, which can then be transferred to a Nook or Sony Reader mobile reader device (see Adobe Digital Editions instructions).
If you are reading books on a dedicated eReader such as the Nook or Sony eReader, please be aware that Google eBooks cannot be automatically delivered to your reading device via Wi-Fi.
ADOBE DIGITAL EDITION FOR THE NOOK OR SONY E-READER
Install Adobe Digital Editions on your laptop/PC from www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions if you don't already have it on your computer.
There should be a launch button about halfway down the page. It takes about a minute download and load. When it is complete, it will ask you to authorize your computer. Please take this step.
TRANSFERRING YOUR BOOKS TO THE NOOK OR SONY E-READER
Adobe Digital Editions files are readable on a computer through Adobe’s free program also called
Adobe Digital Editions. The Adobe Digital Editions software is required for using Adobe Digital Edition files. Adobe Digital Editions files are also compatible with the mobile e-reader devices Nook and Sony Reader, by transferring files to the appropriate device when connected to a computer.
Here are the steps for each device: The e-book files will download automatically after purchase into the customer’s default download location. Once the Adobe Digital Edition file is downloaded, double-click this file to open in the Adobe Digital Editions reader. At this point the book can be read on a computer through the Adobe Digital Editions reader.
Once plugged in, the Nook will appear as a device under the customer’s Bookshelves. From here, the customer can simply drag and drop the ebook file from the Library to the device icon. Once the device is ejected, the purchased e-book will appear in the Nook’s inventory.
Sony Reader instructions:
Sony Reader users must also use Sony’s free Reader Library program to interface with their device.
There are separate instructions for PC and Mac users.
Connect a Sony Reader device and open Reader Library. The device will appear in the ReaderLibrary menu as Reader. Reader Library will ask the user to associate any EPUB files (which includes Adobe Digital Editions files) with Reader Library by default—if Sony Reader is the sole device the customer plans on using, choose yes.Import files into Reader Library by choosing File > Import Files from the menu. Once the downloaded titles appear in the Library, the customer can simply drag the titles from the Library to the Reader. Once the device is ejected, the purchased e-book will appear in the Sony Reader’s inventory.
Connect your Sony Reader device and open Reader Library. The device will appear in the Reader Library menu as Reader. Reader Library will ask you to associate any EPUB files (which includes Adobe Digital Editions files) with Reader Library by default—choose no. Import files by choosing File > Import Files from the menu. Rather than the default download location, the appropriate Adobe Digital Editions files will be found in Documents > Digital Editions. Once the downloaded titles appear in Library, the customer can simply drag the titles from the Library to the Reader. Once the device is ejected, the purchased e-book will appear in the Sony Reader’s inventory.