Category Archives: ipad

How to open an ePub or Mobi file on your iPad using Dropbox

One of the best ways to proof the ePub and mobi files we send you is to view them on the device most people will likely be using when they purchase your eBook.  The iPad is probably the most popular eReader on the planet (next to Kindle).

Here’s a little trick on how you can open an ePub file in iBooks or a mobi file with the Kindle Reader (on your iPad):

  • Step 1: Create a Dropbox account (don’t worry, it’s free).
  • Step 2: Install the iBooks and Kindle apps onto your iPad (if they aren’t on it already).
  • Step 3: Install the Dropbox app on your iPad (it’s free too).
  • Step 4: Transfer the ePub/Mobi files to your dropbox folder (I’ve likely shared a dropbox folder with your files in it if you asked me to).
  • Step 5: Open your dropbox app on the ipad and click on the epub or mobi file – then open it with the appropriate app (you do so by clicking in the upper right hand corner of the iPad screen).
Here’s a short video tutorial to walk you through the process:


One important caveat if we revise your file and want view the newer version:

IF I send revised epub & mobi files, you must first delete the old file off your iPad BEFORE loading a new file from dropbox.  Otherwise, there’s a good chance both iBooks and the Kindle reader will keep reverting to the original file. So here’s how you delete the old files: select ‘Edit’ on the iPad iBooks app (in the iBooks Library view), click on your thumbnail cover, and the hit ‘Delete.’  You delete a book from your Kindle library in a similar way.

How that helped! Feel free to contact us if you need further assistance.

How to link directly to your ebook in the iBookstore

 

Would you like to add a link directly to your ebook in the iBookstore?

Chances are, if you’ve hired us to do your ebook conversion, you’ve now got your ebook on iTunes in the iBookstore.  So now you want to link directly to it.  The good news is you don’t need a mac accomplish this. Yes, you still need a mac to upload your epub to the iTunes store, but that’s why you hired us, right?

Keep in mind it typically takes 1-2 weeks before new titles submitted to Apple will be live – this is because they actually review every single submission.  So before it goes live, you will see a red dot next to the title which means it’s still In Review status:

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Here’s how you can create a hyperlink directly to your iBook in the iTunes store making it easier for people to purchase your ebook.

Step 1: Login to your Apple iTunes Connect account.

Step 2: Click on ‘Manage Your Books’

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Step 3: Click on the title you want to create the hyperlink for.

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Step 4: Right click on the ‘View on iBooks’ and copy the URL

Looks like this: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-scarf-of-promise/id791393304?ls=1&mt=11

Don’t forget to take advantage of the 50 Promo Codes iBooks offers!

Note:
If there is an issue, you can contact Apple iBooks Pubilsher support at: 1-877-206-2092

That was easy wasn’t it?

About ePubConversions.com: We assist authors and publishers in getting their content and formatted and setup on the major ebook marketplaces (ie. Apple, Amazon, and B&N). We provide the necessary formats to publish directly to your own accounts to retain 100% of the profits from every sale.  We also create beautiful ebook covers and assist authors with print layout and setup for print-on-demand. If you prefer to DIY route, we offer a Word Template that is formatted for direct publishing to Amazon & BN, as well as POD (Print on Demand.  Dozens of tutorials step you through the process of creating a beautiful ebook without the need for any other software. If you are still writing your book, our template is a tremendous benefit and efficiency booster that can save you the cost of hiring an interior book designer.

Video tutorial: How to transfer your Epub files to your iPad

I know many of you got iPads for Christmas.  Lucky you!  Here’s how you can read the ePub files I converted for you on your iPad to show your friends and family how your books looks in digital!

Important to note! If you are trying to load a new version of an existing book, you must first delete the old version & sync it with iTunes before you add the new file. Otherwise, it will keep loading your old file.  Here’s how you delete an old version BEFORE you load a new version of an existing title:

  1. Be sure to close the book on the ipad (click on library button towards the top left after you click on the spine (assumes Ipad is in horizontal mode).
  2. Go into itunes and click on books. Delete your book from the library (in iTunes).
  3. Sync the ipad to the computer.
  4. Confirm in iBooks (on the ipad) that book has been removed.
  5. Add the new file (attached) into iTunes.
  6. Sync the iPad and the computer.

Kindle vs. the iPad – one users comparison…

I wanted to share my initial observations between iPad & Kindle.  I’ve been asked on more than one occasion by my friends which one to buy for reading our eBooks.

Here’s what I found as one major shortfall on the iBooks app on the iPad:

One of the things I love about my Kindle is that I can type in a keyword or phrase, and it searches for that keyword or phrase across every single book & document on my Kindle device! This is huge to me because I have lots of non-fiction books and I can’t always remember which book, or even where in that book that concept existed when I need to refer to it. Kindle has solved this problem for me by having a lightning fast global search capability.

On the flip side, I also now own an Ipad with the iBookstore app installed, and from what I can tell, there’s no way to search across all the text in all my books I purchase or transfer to the iBookstore. Yes – you can search within a book, but that doesn’t help me when I can’t remember which book had the phrase, keyword, or concept I was looking for!

For what I see as a very important feature in the evolution of epublishing, Kindle has it, iPad doesn’t (yet :-)).. I can’t speak to the nook because I don’t own one (yet).

The other feature I love about my Kindle is that my Kindle comes with it’s own email address.  I can email a variety of different types of documents (including MS word files) to that email address, and magically, my document appears on my Kindle (over WiFi).  The iPad requires that you manually drag the pdf or epub into iTunes and then sync up your PC/Mac & your iPad for the documents to appear in your iBooks app. I also don’t believe you can just drop an MS Word doc into your iTunes library – you’d have to convert it to PDF first.

What I do however love about the iPad is the bigger screen.  So ultimately, what I’d recommend, if one can afford it, is the Kindle DX. If not, then the Kindle 3 Wifi (I have the 3G version but rarely ever use the 3G connection, but do use the WiFi connection often). It’ll be really nice if/when they come out with a WiFi version of the DX. That’ll probably be the next eReader I buy.

If anyone does have the nook, I (& other readers of this blog) would greatly appreciate your comments below!