Most of our readers at Libreture are quite e-book savvy. They know what format of e-book they need to buy, they have their favourite e-bookshop, and they understand the constraints and issues with DRM. But not everyone has been around e-books as long, or are as familiar with a reading life outside the big corporate e-bookshops.
That's why we built a website called The Epubizer.
You're kidding me, right?
Yup, I mangled the title of an 80's crime drama for my e-book helper site.
Aw, c'mon. Who didn't love Edward Woodward as Robert McCall in The Equalizer? Fighting crime with his big coat and Jag.
The goal for The Epubizer is also to help people with problems, or when the odds are against them... but this time only when it relates to e-books.
Most e-reader owners, whether they bought it themselves or were gifted it, only buy from the manufacturer's own bookshop. People with a Kobo will usually buy from Kobo, those with a Kindle from Amazon, and a Nook from B&N. But many would love to buy e-books from independent bookshops - they just don't know how.
Well, you're in luck! Nobody is stuck with the big monopolies. Most e-readers can open books from other bookshops. Here are some things you need to know first:
- what type of e-book file to buy
- about Digital Rights Management (DRM)
- and loading books on to your device.
The Epubizer explains the differences between Mobi and ePub files, and which will work on different e-readers.
Anyone who buys from the device's own bookshop will never have to worry about this, but there's so much more out there from amazing DRM-free bookshops.
The Epubizer takes you through what format to buy for your particular device, to help you enjoy a great reading experience.
DRM & DRM-free
DRM is usually built-in to the buying process of Amazon, B&N and others, but is not often the case with independent bookshops.
The Epubizer explains what DRM is and what it can mean when buying books to keep. We point readers to our DRM-free Bookshop list to help get them started, but the emphasis is on educating on the issues around DRM.
Start from the beginning and keep going to the end, right? If only it were that easy.
When buying e-books from independent shops, you usually miss out on the ability to sync the books directly with your e-reader. And that usually results in... CABLES!
Yes, plugging things in, that late-90's and early 2000's phenomenon that all the cool kids were doing. The Epubizer explains how to load your e-books on to your specific device, with handy step-by-step guides.
And yes, avid readers will end up with lots and lots of files to manage.
Of course, you can just leave them on the device, an USB stick or a popular cloud storage service. You can even forget about them and re-download them from the shop again.
Services like Dropbox and Google Drive are great for storing your files, and even come with plenty of free space. They're easy to access from almost any device too. However, they're not designed to make the most of your e-books.
Alternatively, you can join Libreture, and get 500MB of FREE space that's specifically designed to store and catalogue your digital comics and e-books. Your books are displayed with their beautiful covers, and can be arramged into neat lists. Never lose track of your e-books again. There are even paid plans if you need extra space.
There's always more
There's so much more to digital comics and e-books than the usual suspects of giant corporations.
Libreture's own DRM-free Bookshop list includes over 200 shops that sell digital comics and e-books, magazines, both fiction and non-fiction. Many of these are by owned by the publishers themselves, mainly independent small businesses. Some are even author-owned, allowing the creator to sell their own titles direct to their fans, and being in full control of the process... and therefore the income. But all of them want you to buy some e-books and enjoy reading them. And that's where The Epubizer comes in...
Thinking of buying e-books from independent online bookshops?
Not sure what to do with them once you've bought them?
Do you already own an e-reader, but would prefer to buy from independent bookshops?
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