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This question comes up from time to time, so I wanted to put it somewhere that I could refer back to it. If you have encountered problems using downloaded book files and have found other ways of using them that I don’t have here, please let me know so that I can add the information for others’ benefit! 🙂

Amazon and other ebook vendors publish in their own proprietary file format. I’m not able to create those myself, so unfortunately you probably won’t be able to read the books I provide for download here on the website directly in your usual reading app (although some reader apps will allow you to import – see your own device to see if it supports this). However, one thing to try with Kindles is to download the books in PDF format from my website onto your computer and then email them to your Kindle email account (which you can then access on your Kindle device). To learn more about this, see this Amazon page:

I’m told that on Nook devices, it’s easier to download the PDF version on your computer and then save/copy it to your device (may require the use of a connection cable). This should only apply to Falling for the Boss – I didn’t use to be able to publish books free on Barnes & Noble, but now I can through Smashwords. (Yeah!)

To provide book excerpts and free books to people, I distribute in two very common formats: PDF and EPUB. Most people are familiar with PDF and have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view one, but the reading experience is more cumbersome, especially on a tablet or phone. The EPUB experience is much nicer, allowing a person to swipe to change pages, use the table of contents, create bookmarks, etc. The only catch is that you may need an EPUB reader app for your device to open it.

There are many free EPUB readers available on each e-reader platform (Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc), as well as for both PC and Mac computers. Look in the device’s app store for “free epub reader” (or do a Google search if you’re on your computer) and several will likely show up. I have used both Bookviser and Aldiko, and both are easy to use. If those aren’t available on your platform, look at the ratings of the apps that you find, as well as how many times they’ve been downloaded – those are a good measure of how good they are, as well as whether they’re likely to be maintained and supported. Download the app and then use it to open a book you have downloaded from my website. (Once you have the app installed, it may automatically open when you tap on an EPUB file, whether it’s in e-mail, on a website, etc).

Good luck, and if you run into problems, you can send me a message through the contact form on the website or an e-mail at [email protected]