97 new files are now on my computer – oh boy! (If you didn’t know head over to get 97 for $29.97). If you are planning on reading your ebooks on the computer you should be fine with diving right in. BUT, my eyes start hurting pretty bad looking a screen for that long. And I don’t always want to be encumbered by a desktop or laptop.
I spent a good afternoon/evening setting up the almost 100 books to be able to read on my Nook. My husband has a Kindle, but we decided to go with a Nook for me. First, it is less expensive. Secondly, he had a bunch of B&N gift cards from students, so lovingly he shared the wealth with me – big smile from me!
One problem, Nook reads ePUB format. My Kindle books (you know all those free ones on Amazon) and the most common format for us bloggers is PDF. I went looking around and found some free software to convert – of course it made things look a little funky, but I could still read. AND it only lets you use it a few times before you have to pay for it. I also learned a big lesson, I’ll tell you about a bit later.
Well, that one “worked”, but I was less than pleased. I asked around a bit and heard that Nook WILL read PDF. So after some trial and error I finally got it to work. I did my test one and could read it just fine. So I proceeded to dump them all on there.
Disk Destination FULL. What??? Oh, ya, ePUB files are WAY smaller than PDF. Back to converting . . .
Well, I found one that was a WHOLE lot better – and free as well. Though I will be donating something to them after I have used it a bit longer. It is not just a converter program, but an eBook Manager. So it is useful for ANY eReader.
The interface is a little clunky, but you can tag and categorize just like iTunes is organized. This eliminated the need for creating a bunch of folder and manually having to move them around. Just store your files in alphabetical order and organize them in Calibre!
They also have a good size selection of open source eBooks to choose from for free. For those of you who devour words, have some trips planned this summer, or just can’t get enough.
A few tips:
1. Before adding books to the management program, right click on the file and go to properties. Make sure the Name and Author are listed – if not open the file so you get the right info and fill it in. This will help A LOT with keeping everything nice and tidy
2. Sift through and remove any books you only want on the computer. Like those that are printables. Homeschooling and planning books would fall into this category.
I chose to add _PRINT after file name/title of the book. This way I know easily what it is and I don’t have to create a special folder.
3. Maybe you have duplicates??? Put these in a separate folder. These are legally yours and you may give them away. As eBooks are electric it is not possible to prevent readers from “sharing” copies of books.
But please, treat them just like you would a physical book. It sometimes doesn’t look it, but believe me it takes a LONG time and a lot of effort to produce an eBook. If you want to pass it on, email it an delete your copy. Most authors don’t mind you sharing a small portion or recipe – but please honor our time and effort.
Encourage your interested friends to buy their own copy. If you have a friend who really wants one, contact the author and find out if they might give you a special discount code – I’d do it 🙂
4. Categorize and Convert. This takes a while. If you are antsy to dive in, do so on the computer. Set it to convert overnight, just like uploading pictures.
5. Glean! I cannot wait till I get to peruse these great titles. As I looked, there were many I had been eyeing, so I was very excited to see them here. I have been trying to get “My House in Order”. Physically and Financially. So I am quite excited about those categories.
And don’t forget to back them up! Copy
On your device, computer and else where. An 8GB or larger thumb drive loaded up and put in your water and fire proof safe is always a good idea.
Do you read eBooks often? What is your method of organization???
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