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Installing Your Ebook

It's easy to start reading ebooks on an eBook Reader or on an app on your Smartphone, tablet or computer.

The first thing to do is to determine which file you need for what device.

MOBI files are for Amazon Kindles or for the Kindle app which you can install for free on iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets, Blackberry phones and on any computer (Mac or Windows). You can also read PDF files on this app. Go here to download the app for free.

EPUB files are for virtually any other eBook Reader - Nook, Kobo, Sony eReader etc. - and it's also for reading books in iBooks (iTunes) on iPads or iPhones. You can also use EPUB files to read books in Google Play Books.

PDF files can be read in Kindle, iTunes Books (under PDFs) and in Google Play Books. You can also read them on Desktop computers or on tablets if you have a program that opens PDFs. I recommend reading them in the Kindle or in Google Play Books. (If you're reading this because you downloaded the Shy Feet PDF, please note that the Shy Feet Mobile PDF is optimised for mobile devices.)

If you already have a device to read PDFs on your phone or tablet, you just need to open the PDF file and it will open in the default program. Easy!

Now let's sort out the eBook Readers...


If you have a Kindle and you'd like to transfer the MOBI file onto your Kindle you need to download the file and save it to your Desktop. Then plug your Kindle in to your computer using the USB cable and open up the folder on the Kindle where all your books are saved. It should be called "my ebooks" or "my documents" or something similar. Drag and drop (or copy and paste) the MOBI file saved on your Desktop into this folder. Once the transfer is complete, eject the Kindle safely and you will be able to see your new ebook waiting for you.

Nook/Sony eReader/Kobo etc.

You're going to need the EPUB file for reading an ebook on these and other eBook Readers. First download the EPUB file to your Desktop and then plug in your eBook Reader via USB and find the folder where your books are kept. Then drag and drop the EPUB file into this folder on your eReader. Once the transfer is complete, eject your device safely.

What about iBooks or reading ebook on iPads and iPhones?

If you want to read an ebook in iBooks on an iPad or iPhone you will need the EPUB or PDF format. It's probably easiest to do transfer the file on your desktop or laptop computer. First download the EPUB or PDF file to your Desktop and then drag and drop it into the Books or PDF folder in your iTunes. Now you should be able to access the ebook wherever you have the iBooks app. Happy reading!

Google Play Books

To add EPUBs or PDFs to Google Play Books (which you can download from the Google Play store or the App store) just go to the app or click here on a desktop computer when you're logged into your Google account and you'll see the button "Upload Files" click this and upload the PDF or EPUB file.

Oh dear. I don't have any of the above.

Worry not. This is exciting! You get to pick how you read your ebooks from any of the above. If you have a Smartphone or tablet, my recommendation is you download the Kindle app on which you can read both MOBI and PDF files. It's free and you can also easily shop the Kindle store - which has 100s of free and cheap books to choose from too - from within the app. Plus you can read your books on any and every device you have the app on. Having used one for the last two years, I also really like the Kindle as an eBook Reader but have heard great things about both the Nook and the Kobo eBook Readers too .

Any questions? Email me