Like many others, I’m hooked on ebooks. Whenever I remember the massive (not to mention heavy) stack of books that I carried in school, I shudder. High school left me with permanent elbow problems from the stress of carrying that load. That was back before backpacks and messenger bags. I used a monster briefcase then. Now, I carry a huge library in either one Kindle Paperwhite that weighs in at under 12 ounces, case included, or an iPad mini that weighs in at under 15 ounces, case included. Big difference.
Many people think that you must buy all of your books from Amazon if you use a Kindle, or from the iTunes store if you use an iPad. Wrong. I get my books from a bunch of different sources, including the University of Chicago. They offer good freebies each month. The last one was Bill Veeck’s Crosstown Classic – Chicago Shorts. (If you know anything about the Chicago Cubs, you know the name Bill Veeck.)
With the iPad comes the option of a bunch of different reader apps. I know. I’ve tried most of them. I always end up going back to the Kindle app. It just works better, with the exception of creating collections. That’s where iBooks is far ahead of the others. But for plain old reading pleasure, I always manage to go back to the Kindle app. It’s just a more pleasant experience for me. Plus, I can keep my current book in sync between the Kindle I use at home and the iPad mini that goes everywhere with me.
Back to books from other sources — how to get them into your Kindle or iPad (or iPhone, iPod touch, Android tablet, etc.). You can connect your reader to your computer and drag and drop them. You can also email them to your Kindle account. The easiest way? “Send to Kindle” from Amazon. They have free versions for Mac, Windows and Android. It will even change your PDFs to Kindle format. The file that I tested even kept the hyperlinks intact. It’s easy to use. Just drop your files on it and choose where you want them delivered. I generally send to both my iPad and Kindle. Simple. Give it a try.