Ebooks Made Easy: A Quick Tutorial for Stone Skin Press Readers

We can all agree that the ebook revolution has been great for readers, writers, and publishers alike. Even so, new technology can be daunting, especially when certain ereaders only work with proprietary file formats, other files work well on desktops but not on devices, and so on. If you’re interested in making the most out of your ebook experience, you’ve come to the right place, because here’s a simple walk-through that should cover all your bases.

Step 1: Visit the Stoneskin Online Store and pick out an ebook or ebook and print book bundle–scroll down to the bottom for our special offers to maximize your savings.

Step 2: Place your order, either with a credit card or paypal. As soon as you complete check-out, we email you a link to download your titles.

Step 3: By clicking on the download link, you receive a zip file of each ebook you ordered. When the zip file is downloaded, you unzip it, usually by double-clicking on it, and then it unzips into a folder with your ebook available in three formats: pdf, epub, and mobi. All our ebooks are DRM-free, meaning you can use them anywhere in the world.

Step 4 (desktop): What you do next depends on how you would prefer to read your ebook. If you are just going to read it on the desktop of whatever device you downloaded it to, then simply open the pdf version of the ebook with Adobe Reader, or any other program you usually use to read pdfs. If you’re not sure which program to use, just double-click on the pdf file and the default pdf reader will open up the book. And that’s it, you’re ready to read an ebook on your desktop.

Step 4 (ereader): If you have a dedicated ereader like a Kindle or Nook, there are a few more simple steps to follow. Before you do, though, make sure you are selecting the correct file format for the best results. If you are using a Kindle, use the ebook file that ends in the extension mobi. Alternately, if you are using a Nook, use the ebook file that ends in the extension epub.

  1. The first thing to do is plug your ereader into whatever device you downloaded the ebook onto.
  2. When the device recognizes your ereader, it will appear on the desktop. Simply click on the appropriate ebook file and drag it over to the ereader icon, and drop into place. For all intent and purpose, think of the ereader as a zip drive you are adding a file to.
  3. Once you have dropped the appropriate ebook file into the ereader, turn on the device. Your new ebook will be right there, ready to read!
  4. Enjoy!

So there you have it; downloading any ebook from any online bookseller is as simple as a few quick clicks. With all the options available today, there’s no need to only go through one or two big etailers–instead, you can go show your support for small presses by going directly through them for all your ebook needs. What’s more, you may find the independent retailers sometimes often great deals on ebooks, so happy hunting out there!


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