How to Read Ebooks

I love digital books. I love them more than real books. That’s because I like to highlight and take notes and share those highlights and notes in blog posts, on Facebook or elsewhere. Having it all in digital format makes copying, pasting and sharing a lot quicker and easier.

how to read ebooks

Also, I like that I can carry my entire library anywhere I go.

My favorite way to read ebooks

I’ll admit that figuring out how to read ebooks isn’t the most straightforward thing to do at first. So, here’s my suggestion: use a Kindle*.

“But wait!” you say. “I don’t have a Kindle and I don’t want to spend the money.”

No worries. You don’t need a Kindle.

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Just use one of Kindle’s apps instead (they’re all free). Install one of these apps on the device of your choice and you’ll be able to read Kindle books, ebooks and other digital content wherever you want. Easy peasy.

By the way, if you do have a Kindle, you can still install any of these apps on any of your devices and all your ebooks will be synced. Handy!

1. Choose the device(s) where you’d like to read and download to get started

2. Get books

  • Of course you can buy books from the Kindle store.
  • You can also get the free ones Here’s how to find the free ones if you like free (see the end of the post for tips).
  • Email PDFs to your Kindle. I love this. You know all those ebooks you download from blogs and websites? Many are PDFs. Well, I just email those PDFs right to my Kindle so my reading material is all in one place. All you have to do is attach it to an email and send it to your Kindle address. Here are the instructions to find your Kindle address.

That’s it! Now, you can open your Kindle or Kindle app and choose a book!

*There are referral links in this post.

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  1. says

    Last Christmas my daughter bought me a nook for Christmas. I was very grateful, but I built my library on kindle would have loved to be able to use something larger then my phone. So being a little geeky I was determined to find a way to transfer my books to the nook library. but most of the books were protected, so I only managed to move a few.
    But then a few months ago my nook upgraded to have Google’s play store. I was so excited I downloaded the kindle app so now I have nook, play books, kindle and PDFs all on one device. I love it!

  2. Maureen says

    I have re-read all the info from you, Amy, and the replies of others. I’m still trying to figure out if there’s a way that I can read EVERYTHING – pdfs and books – using just one single app. Currently, I have some books from iBooks that I can only read with the iBooks app on my iPad/iPhone. I have some books from Amazon that I can only read on my iPad/iPhone with the Kindle app. I guess when I first read you post, I was hoping that I could email myself my iBooks to the Kindle app. I’m sorry to ramble..but is there one app that you can use for everything, including stuff already purchased? I don’t think so – from the research I’ve done online today – but you obviously know way more about this than I do. And thank you very much for all the useful info that you provide.

  3. says

    One downside of the Kindle app on iDevices is that there is no way to sort the books/documents once they are in the app, other than by document type. You also can’t delete them!

    If you are reading a PDF ebook, you can also save it to iBooks from either the browser or email and have a lot more options to categorize your reading, if you have a lot of books.

  4. Alana says

    Just wanted to warn you there can be a fee using the whispernet service if you aren’t on wi-fi ….this is copy and pasted from

    “There is a document processing fee for the Kindle Personal Documents Service when you do not use Wi-Fi or USB. Fees for the Kindle Personal Document Service via Whispernet are based on the size of the file submitted, your country, and where you’re accessing Whispernet. If possible, we will attempt to deliver via Wi-Fi rather than Whispernet, and no document processing fee will be charged.

    Note: Kindle Personal Documents Service doesn’t charge fees for delivery of personal documents to Kindle devices over Wi-Fi or to Kindle reading apps.

    Kindle device users living in the United States: Kindle Personal Documents Service fee via Whispernet is $.15 per megabyte domestic and $.99 per megabyte international.
    Kindle device users living outside the United States: Kindle Personal Documents Service fee via Whispernet is $.99 per megabyte.
    Aggregation of fees for Kindle Personal Documents Service: If you send multiple documents for conversion, consecutive orders that cost less than $5.00 may be combined into one transaction and appear as a single charge.”

  5. says

    I’ve found that sometimes, large PDF files don’t get transferred when emailed to the Kindle address. In that case, I email it to myself (like Deb mentioned above) and open it with the Kindle app. Followed you here from your useletter, Amy! You’re doing a fabulous job with it!