Kindle, eBooks, Audible – 10 Things to Know before you Dive In.

Welcome to the introduction to a great transformational trend in reading. Many people want to try ebooks but they’re just not sure if they’d like it or its even worth the hassle. Let’s dive in.

The Kindle – Started back in 2007 and has grown to the largest eBook platform device in the world.

An eBook is an electronic version of the typical hardcover or paperback version of books you typically purchase or borrow from a library. Justification for an ebook is that it’s very portable. Travelers love eBooks because you can put your entire library on a tablet and you’ve always got something to read. For those who like to highlight books for work, it’s great because you can highlight pages and quickly see them if you need to.

Now for the downside. First, it’s electronic so you need a charged device. When your device goes dead, so does your reading. Some people do care that reading on a tablet also might damage their eyes. I know mine get tired as I’m on a laptop all day, so going to an eReader is just a continuation of the portable blue screen.

A nice feature is that you can look up words right from the page:.Source: Kindle

Hardware

Sharing eBooks is also complicated. While your local library might have a downloadable service that offer free eBook selections on a particular cloud or application, the Kindle books are a bit more restrictive. You don’t buy Kindle books from Amazon. You buy the right to read Kindle books, and keep them on authorized devices. And those rights are not transferable which is a battle that goes on. I just hate when I used to buy a vinyl album or a book, it was mine. I could do with it what I wanted. Bit ironic that there are are limits. We’ll discuss.

Platforms

The platforms are a bit confusing. Amazon’s Kindle dominates the electronic book market. Kindle’s platform has an awesome repository of books. The are plenty of apps you can download onto your tablet.
Check out the new Kindle Paperwhite.

You DON’T need a eBook or Kindle Reader to read eBooks. There’s free electronic book software available for all the popular operating systems. You can also download versions of the Amazon Kindle that work on a PC, Mac, iPod/iPadiPhone, or Android smartphone.

Making Notes & Highlights in eBooks

You can use the highlighter tool most eReaders from the top navigation bar to highlight specific text and share it. All highlighted text references are stored in my notebook. For PDF type downloads (e.g. library downloads) you can hightlight or use the annotation or “sticky note” feature, simply click on the icon in the toolbar and place the “sticky note” wherever you would like in the document.

There’s a number of great apps that are designed specifically to help you get the most out of annotations, but the first point in this list is the most important: the app you use must be able to open the book you’re reading. If you have a DRM free ePub or PDF eBook or document, you can make use of these better apps that we’ll look at below. Otherwise, if you’ve purchased an eBook from the Kindle or iBooks stores, you’ll need to read the books in those specific apps and use their more limited annotation tools.

iBooks lets you share individual highlights via email and social networks, but there’s no built-in way to copy all of your annotations. But there’s still a way to get to them if you have a Mac, using the free Digested app. 

If you’re serious about annotations, you’ll be glad to hear that there’s a number of ways you can get your annotations out of your Kindle. If you use the Kindle apps on your computer, phone or tablet (or a real Kindle, of course), you can see all of your highlights online at kindle.amazon.com. You can see your annotations together or browse them by book, and then save the HTML page, copy the text, or use the Evernote or your other notebook tool’s browser plugin to save your highlights to your notebook. Or, you can use the Bookcision tool to download your Kindle highlights in txt or PDF formats, or the Snippefy app on your iOS device to browse and export your highlights.

If you’ve got more than just PDF books, Clearview is an easy-to-use tabbed style eBook reader that’s great for annotations as well. It supports PDF, DRM-free ePub, CHM, and MOBI eBooks, so you should be able to open almost any eBook you have in Clearview. The reading view is similar to Google Chrome, and your books will open in new tabs. It doesn’t have as many annotation tools as Skim, but it does do the best job of any app we’ve tried at rendering almost any eBook you’ll come across.

Kindle Notes

Your Amazon Kindle allows you to highlight portions of a book, which are then displayed with a gray background. The Kindle synchronizes your highlights with your Kindle account online, allowing you to view your highlights from any Kindle device or application, or the Kindle website itself. On the Kindle itself, highlights for a specific book are displayed alongside notes, bookmarks and other annotations on the View Notes and Marks screen.

Kindle notes and the summary page. A very easy to use. Allows you to combine and see all your notes in one place later. It’s a great notes summary to go back to and reference.

Kindle notes are very simple. Open the book for which you want to view highlights on your Kindle. Press the “Menu” button. If you’re using a Kindle Touch, tap the center of the screen, and then tap “Menu.” Select the “View Notes and Marks” option in the menu to view a list of highlights, notes and bookmarks you’ve created for the book.

You can also see your Kindle Notes online. To see the highlights or notes you’ve taken while on your Kindle, you can simply go to a website and view them on your computer, or whatever other device you’re using to access the website. It’s very user-friendly. Go to read.amazon.com/notebook

Where are eBooks Stored?

In the Kindle world, after you download a Kindle Book from Amazon’s website to your computer, you can find the ebook’s Amazon file in your computer’s “Downloads” folder. You can transfer this file from your computer to a compatible Kindle ereader via USB.
After you buy a Kindle book, companion audiobook, or periodical, the title is saved to the Cloud. Titles you’ve purchased can be accessed from Manage Your Content and Devices. You can also download a Kindle book to your device. Here’s the process according to Amazon. To send books you’ve already purchased to your device:

  1. Visit Manage Your Content and Devices.
  2. Select Your Content.
  3. Select the title, and then click Deliver to Default Device (or) Others.
  4. On the pop-up window, select the device or app from the drop-down menu if prompted.
  5. Select Deliver. Your content is automatically delivered to your device or reading app once it’s connected to a wireless network.

Your Local Brick & Mortar Library

Local Library Cloud Library

Our local library offers what’s called the cloudLibrary to download ebooks. Borrow ebooks and audiobooks from cloudLibrary. Titles go out for 2 weeks. They’re returned automatically so there’s never any fines.

With Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can choose from more than 350,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers and all 7 Harry Potter books.

hoopla is a digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

Your local library also has eBooks that you can borrow. You setup an account with your local Library ID, download the appropriate app, login, and access the eBooks. The title is typically added to your account for 14 days and you access the book from the cloud (no downloading).

The ebook industry presents libraries with another obstacle, too. Ebooks are formatted to work with specific hardware and software programs. Because these different technologies are proprietary and sometimes incompatible, libraries are forced to provide some ebooks in multiple formats or limit their availability to one type of e-reader/software or another. So you might need to have various software solutions vs. “a Kindle”. Check out this link to learn more – OverDrive

eBooks at Work?

Keeping up with modern skills in the workplace is a big obstacle to success. Having a growth mindset is critical to survival in the workplace today and reading the latest books on process, techniques, and technology trends is key. So you go online based on what the SME had told you and you start looking for books. New, used, paper, eBook all come to play. I like to go read it, take notes offline, then give it to a colleague. So can you do this with an eBook? Maybe. Let’s take a look at sharing, transferring, and reselling eBooks. But lets make sure we understand…..I can do all this with a paper book (just sayin’).

See how Over Drive is creating corporate libraries. Click Here

Request a Program at Work

Successful companies have great workplace cultures. Building that culture begins when employees are valued and appreciated. Expressing “thanks” – so team members know they are valued – is the first step to creating good feelings and goodwill. The best suggestion. Suggest to your boss or Learning Academy to start a Employee Recognition Program by offering eBooks and eReaders to employees as a acknowledgment to an employee growth mindset

Sharing eBooks

Sharing books is as old as books themselves. Many people will read a book and then share it with someone who hasn’t read the book yet. I can’t tell you how many books my mother would read and then either pass to a friend or donate to the library. Sharing eBooks are a little more complicated. A kindle book can be loaned from the Kindle app or website.  From Manage Your Content and Devices.

You can loan eligible Kindle books from the page. … Select the Actions button for the title that you want to loan, and then select Loan this title. Here’s the downside, if Loan is not an option, lending is not available for that title. So be careful to see if the title is “loanable“. A Kindle book can only be loaned one time. Once you lend a title once, there’s no sharing it again — it’s locked to your library.

To loan out a Kindle ebook that you purchased from the Amazon Kindle store, sign into Amazon.com and open the Account & Lists drop-down menu, located in the top right corner of the Amazon homepage. Choose Your Content & Devices. You should see a list of all of the Kindle ebooks that you’ve ever bought. Next to the title of each book, you’ll note a gray square with three dots on it. Click the gray box: a list of all of the options for this title will appear. If ‘Loan this title’ is on the list, you’re in business. Click Loan this title. Doing so will take you to a page that lets you send the book to the friend of your choosing, via their email address. Your Kindle ebooks can be lent out for a 14-day period, during you won’t have access to the title yourself—just like if you’d lent a book to a pal from the shelf in your living room.

If you’re not the only Kindle owner in your family, you’re in luck: Amazon will allow a maximum of two adults per family, to share Kindle ebooks with one another. So, if your partner buys an ebook from the Kindle Store, you’ll be able to read it too, at no charge. 

Once you’ve added a family member to your Amazon Kindle account, you’ll be able to see, download and read any of the books they’ve bought from the Amazon Kindle store.

Transferring Books

This method of sharing ebooks with others can also be used to move ebooks from third-party sellers and sites like Project Gutenberg, or to transfer content from your computer to your own personal Kindle.

When using this method to share your digital library, you should know that you’ll only be able to share ebooks in your collection that are not protected by DRM. DRM (Digital Rights Management) is a security feature that many companies use to prevent their content from being illegally copied.

There are a number of online retailers that sell DRM-free ebooks: Lulu and Smashwords are two of our favorites.

No matter whether you’re using a Windows PC or a Mac, the process for transferring eBook files to a Kindle is the same: After connecting the Kindle to your computer, open the ereader’s ’Documents’ file folder. Now, locate the Kindle ebook file you wish to transfer to the Kindle. Click the file and drag it into the Kindle’s document file. As ebook files are small in size, the transfer could take less than a second.

Selling Kindle & eBooks

You buy the right to read Kindle books, and keep them on authorized devices. And those rights are not transferable which is a battle that goes on. Here’s what Amazon says. “Use of Kindle Content. Upon your download of Kindle Content and payment of any applicable fees (including applicable taxes), the Content Provider grants you a non-exclusive right to view, use, and display such Kindle Content an unlimited number of times, solely on the Kindle or a Reading Application or as otherwise permitted as part of the Service, solely on the number of Kindles or Supported Devices specified in the Kindle Store, and solely for your personal, non-commercial use. Kindle Content is licensed, not sold, to you by the Content Provider. The Content Provider may include additional terms for use within its Kindle Content. Those terms will also apply, but this Agreement will govern in the event of a conflict. Some Kindle Content, such as Periodicals, may not be available to you through Reading Applications.

Limitations. Unless specifically indicated otherwise, you may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense, or otherwise assign any rights to the Kindle Content or any portion of it to any third party, and you may not remove or modify any proprietary notices or labels on the Kindle Content. In addition, you may not bypass, modify, defeat, or circumvent security features that protect the Kindle Content.

In 2018, Amazon has patented a means to sell used e-books within the Kindle system. A book will be branded within the system when it is bought, and when the buyer puts it up for resale at the Kindle store, it will be removed from his account and transferred to the buyer’s account. Amazon will receive a small fee for each sale. A limited number of sales of each book may or may not be included in the system. When Amazon decides to start selling used ebooks, authors and publishers will be presented with the the decision of whether they wish to allow Amazon to resell their ebooks.

Audible or Pure Reading

Amazon owns Audible, a Newark, New Jersey based company that takes books and allows you to listen to them on your phone, car, and even your TV. A growing trend with autobiographies is to have the writer read their own book, so that’s kind of fun. Amazon also offers many of its Kindle offerings to upgrade to an audible version.

The idea has been around for years. I certainly remember buying those self-help audio books like the Tony Robbins series and listening to them in my car. It’s still such a great idea that just doesn’t seem to catch on. I guess more people enjoy titillating talk radio or country music instead.

Still Confused?

Check out this fun review of paper vs. eBooks. The bottom line. Books are here to stay. eBooks are here to stay. But it’s up to you.

Additional Information

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