Updated March 25, 2016
I love digital books. I love them more than real books. I know. It’s almost not right. But here’s why.
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Ebooks are easier to read in bed. It takes me a long time to fall asleep at night so I have a very specific bedtime routine. A big part of it is curling up in my bed, dimming my phone and reading until I fall asleep. Typically, my phone simply drops out of my hand and of course, turns off by itself. As you can imagine, it’s hard to properly curl up with a book in bed (all that turning of the pages) and the light I need won’t turn itself out.
Another reason I like ebooks is because I like to highlight, take notes and share those highlights & notes in blog posts, on social media and elsewhere. Having it all in digital format makes copying, pasting and sharing a lot quicker and easier.
Finally, I like ebooks better than regular ones because I can carry my entire library anywhere I go.
The way I read ebooks
I admit, figuring out how to find and read ebooks isn’t the most straightforward thing to do at first. Well, it was a little confusing for me at first.
I don’t often use a Kindle, but I do use the Kindle app on my iPhone to do most of my reading. There’s a Kindle app for just about any device. They are free and you don’t need a Kindle to use them. Install one on the device of your choice and you’ll be able to read Kindle books, ebooks and other digital content wherever you want.
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 the app to get started
Simply go to this page on the device(s) you want to read from and click the download button to install the app.
If you need help on your specific app, check out this help page.
2. Get books
- Kindle Store. Of course you can buy books from the Kindle store.
- Free Kindle books. You can also get the free Kindle books all the time. Here’s a list of Kindle Bestsellers. (Just make sure the Free tab is selected at the top of the page and the prices are $0.) Don’t miss free & cheap reads either.
- Library books. One of my favorite things is to check out library books from my local library and read them on my Kindle app. I know. Hold. the. phone. OverDrive is the most popular service working with libraries. Check to see if your library is listed here.
- PDFs & other documents. Email PDFs or other documents to your Kindle. I love this. I email documents, PDFs and other supported files 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!
Want some reading suggestions?
I’ve listed my favorite business books here.