How Ebooks Are Better for the Book Publishing Industry

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When most people think about an Ebook, they automatically assume that the ebook has ruined the book publishing industry. This is because when ebooks first came out, many in the book industry thought the ebooks would destroy them. However, that is not the case. You would be surprised to know how ebooks have been better for the book publishing industry, the writers and readers in the long run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebooks Changed The Industry

 

The reality is that ebooks have changed the print book industry in its entirety. Still, there are those that think that because of the way ebooks have taken over the market, that they are or will be the death of the publishing company. Nevertheless, statistics prove otherwise though, as they account for some interesting numbers. While the sales of print books are actually down from years ago, they are only down by a slight margin. And even with that number, print books sales still outnumber ebook sales by a margin of 3 to 1. Ironically enough, most of these changes actually benefit writers since they receive about 20 to 25% of the profits publishers receive from the sale of an ebook. There are a few reasons for this. For one, publishing ebooks cost very little when compared to print books. This creates a higher profit margin for both publishers and writers.  Ebooks are also more easier to purchase since most consumers do not even have to leave their homes or workplace to buy them. Also, since ebooks are delivered electronically, they can be received instantly by the buyer which actually increases sales.

 

Have questions about ebooks? Then check out FAQ – Everything You Need To Know About E-Book Conversion

 

Why Ebooks Sell

 

Since printed books normally sell for about $12 to $30 for a new book, most readers are reluctant to purchase them. However, the low prices for ebooks make them a bargain when compared to printed books. Most ebooks sell for about $.99 to a few dollars. The difference in prices helped make ebooks sell easier and faster. Impulse purchasing of such bargain ebooks account for a huge number of the total sales. The last time purchasing like this went on was back in the 1970’s. Back then the mass market paperbacks were sold for about $.50 to $.95 cents each.

 

More Reasons To Buy Ebooks

 

There are those that love the printed book since they love the real feel of turning a page and how an actual book feels in their hands. These readers also look forward to adding these books to their bookshelves and collection. However, others out there actually love ebooks for the opposite reasons. This is because purchasing an ebook allows them to save space and storage. Ebooks also enable readers to be able to have multiple books at their fingertips without having to carry them like printed books.

Another reason why ebooks are cheaper is because they do not require shipping, storage, printing, binding or wholesaling since they are digitally or electronically delivered. Because of all of these factors, they are easier to publish for the writers and publishers since they do not require huge investments. The reality is that while most book publishers won’t admit it, ebooks ended up saving the book publishing industry.

 

Wondering what it takes to write an ebook? Then you should read about How To Write an eBook

 

The truth is most of us are always afraid of changes and new things that come around and threaten to do away with those things we are used to. Still, in many instances, the new changes end up benefiting us in the long run. Ebooks are the future and conclusively, the best thing to happen to the publishing industry and the reading public.

How To Read E-Books on Chrome & Firefox

E-book readers have gained more and more popularity in recent years. However, not everyone wants to buy an Amazon Kindle or Sony E-Book Reader. That doesn’t mean that you have to relinquish reading e-books!

Apps for your Android tablet or smartphone, iPad or iPhone enable you to read electronic books with mobile devices as well. And there are just as many programs you can download to read e-books on your computer or laptop. What if you don’t want to install a CPU and memory space wasting program to your computer?

For all of you that don’t want to clutter their PC or Mac with programs, we have gathered 8 extensions and apps for Google Chrome and Firefox that allow you to read EPUB files stored on your hard drive. EPUb is one of the best and most common e-book files and thus ideally suited for this purpose.

 

EPUB Reader Extensions & Apps for Chrome

If you install a new app to Google Chrome, you can access them by typing chrome://apps into the URL field of the browser. That way, you will open a page with all your installed Chrome apps. Just click on the one you want to open.

To find the apps and extensions mentioned, just go to the Google Chrome Webstore.

 

1. Simple EPUB Reader

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Simple EPUB Reader is a Google Chrome app that works offline as well, meaning that no internet connection is necessary to use the app for reading.

The app has a library function in which you can load and store several books. The app also features a backup for recently read books and keyboard shortcuts to browse the pages. Clicking on the button on the upper left side opens a list of chapters for the opened book.

Text size and color as well as the background color for reading are customizable. Thus, it’s possible to choose a darker background when reading in the night.

 

The downside of the app lies within two of it’s features. One is “Text to Speech” which can be activated clicking the speech bubble icon on the upper right side. However, this feature doesn’t seem to work or requires additional installations because we couldn’t make it work at all.

The Text and “Text to EPUB Converter” and the “Image to EPUB converter” are, in theory, nice and useful features. However, there are several problems when trying to convert from PDF to EPUB with the app, resulting in an unreadable document. Thus, we do not recommend using the app for conversion. This should be a task for a reliable EPUB converter.

 

 

2. Cloud ePub Reader with Drive

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The Cloud ePub Reader with Drive app has one striking disadvantage compared to the other ones in this list: it requires an internet connection to work. However, the app still offers some great features like a fullscreen mode and the possibility to browse a book by chapters.

The best feature, however, is the possibility to load EPUB files from Google Drive after allowing the app access to Google’s Cloud service.

 

3. Readiator EPUB Reader

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Another Chrome app that works offline is Readiator EPUB Reader. In the app specifications, you can specify if you want the app to open in a new tab or browser.

The app comes with a library feature to store and save books in. The search function makes it easy to search for specific books in a large library.

Books can be browsed by chapter once in the “Viewer”. Of course, there’s also the possibility to change the font size of the currently read book.

 

However, instead of page flipping, the app only allows for vertical scrolling, and thus it can’ be operated using the keyboard.

 

4. MagicScroll Web Reader

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What sets MagicScroll Web Reader apart from the aforementioned apps is that it is a Chrome extension rather than an app. Thus, it can only be used when there’s an internet connection. What sets MagicScroll apart from the other apps in this article is that it has two functions that are accessible in different ways.

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The extension allows you to turn websites and articles into an easier readable format. Clicking on the toolbar icon turns the currently opened tab into some kind of temporary e-book.

 

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Whether you have the extension added to Chrome or not, visiting MagicScroll.net allows you to read e-books online as well. Simply add books from a file or link to the library and open them using the web service. A list of chapters as well as a fullscreen mode are available.

Both versions of MagicScroll provide a number of customizable options. Font size as well as choosing one of four reader themes make reading easier with MagicScroll. A list of keyboard shortcuts for the handling of the extension and web service can be accessed when pressing H in an opened book. Furthermore, MagicScroll offers an autoscroll option with adjustable speed.

A nice little treat: on the bottom of the page you will see your reading progress in percent.

 

 

 

5. Readium

Readium

Readium is a Chrome app that works offline, without an internet connection, as well. The app is very easy to handle and provides the user with a library that can switch between list and thumbnail view.

Just like any decent e-book app, Readium allows you to change the font size for better readability as well as choosing from five different background color templates.

Additionally to a big list of keyboard shortcuts you can freely set yourself, Readium offers a largely customizable layout where you can choose between scroll mode, page format, page flipping effect and margin size.

 

6. EBook Offline Reader

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The EBook Offline Reader app for Chrome does exactly what the name entails: it allows you to read e-books without the need of an internet connection. And that’s it.

Simply open an EPUB file in the application and use the arrow keys of your keyboard to navigate. Yes, it can be that easy!

 

7. Livemargin Reader

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The first thing to notice when installing and running the Livemargin Reader app for the first time is that you are required to allow the app to access your Google account data. For some that may be a reason to not further consider this app, but for those willing to allow access, Livemarging offers an easy to use e-book reading app for Chrome users.

 

The library of the app comes with different sorting options and an easy and intuitive import of EPUB files from your computer.

Once you opened a book, you can browse by chapter. A progress bar both in reading mode as well as in the library shows your progress in the book. Font size and background color are customizable (with limitations) and you even have the option to share the book you are reading on several social media platforms and via e-mail.

The biggest advantage of Livemargin, however, is that it allows you to synchronize  settings and reading progress across platforms. For this purpose, Livemargin provides an Android as well as an Windows app.

 

EPUB Reader Extensions & Apps for Firefox

Add-ons and plugins for Firefox can be found here. Search for the add-on’s name or a keyword there and install the plugin or add-on to your browser.

1. EPUBReader

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EPUBReader is the Mozilla add-on that allows you to read e-books using your Firefox browser, even in offline mode. It is launched from the Firefox toolbar and opens to a catalog of your uploaded EPUB files.

From the catalog, you have direct access to books from archive.org and gutenberg.org (you need to be connected to the internet to access those, of course). You can grab books from there or import them from your hard drive. All EPUB links opened in Firefox will automatically be opened in a readable format by the add-on as well. Exporting the whole catalog or library to your computer is possible as well.

When opening a book, you have access to the list of chapters. You can set bookmarks and save copies of the book you are reading. Furthermore, the add-on provides some customizations with regard to font-size, face and color, margin, and the appearance of links and the table of contents.

 

Convert Documents & E-Books to EPUB

All these extensions, add-ons, and apps have one thing in common though: they are optimized for EPUB e-book files.

Thus, if you want to read a MOBI, Amazon Kindle e-book (AZW), or other kind of document with one of these apps, you need to convert them to EPUB first.

Top Reasons Why You Should Write an E-book

Top Reasons Why You Should Write an E-book
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There many bloggers and writers out there who monetize through what they write online for their own sites or others. However, making some real money from doing that is not that easy. It takes a long time to build up an audience or get visitors to your site. This is what accounts for most of the money you will make through Adsense or other advertisers. Writing an Ebook can make a huge difference as far as the money and several other factors. Here are the top reasons why you should write an Ebook today.

 

 

 

E-books Give You Status

 

Writers and bloggers could spend years doing it and most will not make that much money from it or be truly recognized or appreciated for their work. However, writing your own e-book can instantly give any writer an author status. It also gives you a position as an expert in whatever field you are writing your e-book about. This is because writing an e-book can boost your authority and credibility. Once you publish it on sites like Amazon, you can end up having your work next to some of the biggest names in the industry.

For those trying to build up their email list, offering an E-book as an incentive is a great way to get hundreds of subscribers and followers. Most people these days are really weary of giving up their emails to people, even when the sites offer good information. This is largely due to users being afraid of getting bombarded with Spam. However, once you offer an e-book or part of it as a bonus for users to sign up, the numbers of followers will increase tenfold.

 

Don’t know where to start on writing an e-book? Then check out How To Write an eBook

 

Mistakes to Avoid

 

There are millions of E-books available out there these days covering just about every genre or topic. Still, many of them are embarrassingly bad, to say the least. This is because too many people rush to write them and release them before they are even ready or worth publishing. Most don’t even have a clue about writing an E-book. Too many authors forget that writing an average or great E-book takes about as much work as a regular book. Another mistake to avoid is picking a subject or topic you know little about. Any good writer knows that writing about something they love is easy and the words will flow right through them. However, picking a topic you know little about will require lots of research and maybe even paying someone to fill you in on certain parts.

Is There a Need For Your E-book?

 

You should also make sure your E-book is something people really need or want. What’s the sense of writing a great E-book if no one really needs to read it or has any use for it? Another problem many authors face is giving up or quitting before they finish their work. Although writing an article is simple for most writers, it is not as easy to write an entire E-book or numerous chapters. Still, you need to finish what you started and keep telling yourself that you will not stop until you get it done.

 

Be sure to also read how to Convert e-Books to PDF for More Flexibility

 

In the end, there are many advantages to writing an e-book. You need to keep in mind however, just how much work and time it will require from you. Once you get it done though, the rewards will be immense. Not just monetary wise, but for several of the reasons we covered here as well as many others. Nothing great is ever easy which means if you want to succeed in your E-book venture you need to work hard at it. In the long run, once it has been  written and published you will feel as if you are the king or queen of the world!

Should I Convert To PDF Or EPUB?

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Nowadays it is easy to carry your documents around without having to print them on paper. You can read them from everywhere, share them online or via email, and distribute them to a wide variety of people. Same goes for books that can be published easier and faster thanks to the growing e-book popularity.

For each purpose, there seems to be a dominant file format most people use to save, store, distribute, share, send, and download their documents and books in. The most common ones (if no further editing of the documents or manuscripts is needed) are PDF and EPUB. Both formats are supported by many mobile device, either natively or via cost-free apps. But what are the differences between those too? And which format should I choose for myself? Lets find out.

PDF vs. EPUB

Before we concentrate on the differences, lets have a look at the similarities of the two formats.

  • Both can contain text as well as images, complex formatting, and even clickable links (depending on the device you open them with).
  • PDF as well as EPUB files can be opened by most e-book readers. Here you can see what files your e-book reader supports.
  • Both formats are supported by e-reader apps for your tablet, smartphone, or other mobile device.
  • PDF and EPUB are open standard formats and can both be protected using DRM.

From a first glance, the two files do not seem too different. Yet, there are striking differences that you need to consider when you decide whether you want to save your file as a PDF or an EPUB.

EPUB PDF
  • Text is resizable, the page content is reflowable
  • Has to be created with a special program or converter
  • Supports XML data and CSS styling
  • Optimized for reading on a small screen
  • Special programs or an e-book reader is needed to read/open the files
  • Rigid (fixed) format
  • Can be generated by Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and more
  • Contains formatting of the original document
  • Optimized for printing
  • PDF reader for computer or mobile devices needed to read/open the files

What To Use?

Now that the similarities and differences have been laid out, it’s pretty obvious which format is the best to use for which purpose.

EPUB: Create or convert to EPUB if you want to read your document on a small screen where you can change the font size and the page flows with the size of your screen.

PDF: Create or convert to PDF if you want to read your document on a computer screen and maintain the formatting for printing and sending your files.

FAQ – Everything You Need To Know About E-Book Conversion

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Do you know this problem? You download an e-book and want to open and read it with your e-book reader or tablet and the book does not appear in your library. But when you open your e-reader’s directory on your computer, the file is there.

If this happens, your e-book is in a format your reader or app can not open. Don’t worry though, that doesn’t mean that you have to delete the file and will never be able to read the book, story, or article. It just means that you have to convert the file into a format your device supports.

Here are a few frequently asked questions and the according answers about e-book conversions. With those in mind, the conversion will be no issue anymore!

E-Book Converter FAQs

What’s an e-book converter good for?

It depends on the e-book reader or app for your tablet or iPad you are using which e-book formats you can use. Not all e-readers support the same formats, and not all apps can open and correctly display all files. This means that files you can open on your Kindle may not be supported by your Nook. To still be able to read an unsupported file, you can convert it to another e-book format. Let’s see which formats are supported by which e-readers.

  • The Amazon Kindle supports AZW, AZW3, MOBI, PDF, and unprotected PRC files.
  • The Barnes & Noble Nook supports EPUB, PDB, PDF, and even comic book files in the CBZ format.
  • The Kobo eReader supports EPUB, MOBI, PRC, PDF, and also CBZ files.
  • The PocketBook supports EPUB, MOBI, FB2, PDF, and DJVU files.
  • Sony Readers support EPUB, FB2, and PDF files.
  • For more information and the support of document files, check out this article about Files Supported By Your E-Book Reader.

In this list, you can see that there are at least eight e-book files (and one comic book archive file) that can not be opened by all e-readers in the list. Thus, if you have an AZW file from an Amazon Kindle purchase, you have to convert it to, e.g., EPUB to read it on your Nook. If you have a DJVU file but no PocketBook, you have to convert the file, e.g., to MOBI to read it on your device.

And this is exactly what an e-book converter can do for you!

How do I convert my e-book files?

Well, we have good news for you! It’s very simple, really! Especially if you are

  • in a hurry,
  • don’t want to install a program on your computer,
  • or are not really tech-savvy

an online e-book converter is your place to go. The handling is fairly easy, you only have to download the converted file, and the conversion is rather quick. But the best of all? It’s completely cost free! So, how does it work?

You go to ebook.online-convert.com and choose the format you need for your reading device or app; for example the widely supported EPUB. Now, you have three possibilities to choose from:

  1. Upload a file from your computer
  2. Enter an URL to an e-book stored online
  3. Choose a file from a cloud storage like Google Drive or Dropbox

Now you are good to go. Click on “Convert file” and wait until your download starts. Of course, you can also send the file to yourself or a friend via email, or save it to your cloud storage.

What are the Optional Settings?

If you checked out one of the e-book converters, you have surely seen that there are optional settings you can use when converting to e-book. You don’t need them for the conversion, but they provide some additional value other e-book converters may not be able to provide!

First of all, if you own one of the e-book readers from the given list, you can choose it to add additional information to the conversion. The converted e-book file will then contain information and settings for that particular device.

Furthermore, you can change the title and author information of the e-book. This can be very helpful if you received a file from the internet with crooked or incomplete information. Or if you want to find a certain book in a series faster than the title would let you. Furthermore, you can add a border (in cm) to the e-book file for easier reading or, if your device supports that option, for adding notes.

More formatting options are given as well. If you converted e-book contains strange signs, you can try changing the embed font. You can also choose the coding of the input depending on the language and coding style used in the original, as well as create an ASCII output. Those last two options should be used by experts though, because they could screw with the input of your ebook if you don’t know what you are doing.

What else can I do?

Using an online e-book converter, you can do more than converting e-book files from one format to the other! The keyword here is cross conversion. To read documents, notes, and scripts on the go, you can convert from many different formats to e-book. For example:

  • from Microsoft Word to e-book
  • from PDF to e-book
  • from a presentation (like PPT) to e-book
  • from image (JPG, PNG, TIF, SVG) to e-book

What e-book files can I convert to?

The most common and widely used e-book formats on the market are available as output formats. Some may be discontinued, which means they are not compatible with newer versions of the respective e-readers. However, if you have one of the older models, they may still be of interest for you.

  • AZW3 – Amazon Kindle format
  • EPUB – Open source, widely available and supported
  • FB2 – Open source, created and most commonly used in Russia
  • LIT – Microsoft reading devices format; discontinued
  • LRF – Readers format; discontinued
  • MOBI – Mobipocket format, but supported by a variety of other devices and apps as well
  • PDB – Palm PDA format
  • PDF – Version of Adobe PDF documents optimized for e-book readers
  • TCR – Psion Series 3 format

How To Write an eBook

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You will soon find that the more words and time you put into writing content as a freelance writer, the more you are rewarded. But what if you wanted to get super efficient, or simply have a deadline that you are struggling to meet. Before you compromise on quality, check out these steps.

Break It Down

Start with your numerical goal. Not monetary figures, but words. If your topic starts with something serious like ‘ The Ultimate Guide…’ then you might need the freedom of 10, 000 words or maybe even a little more to get the job done. The best strategy is to at least work on a longer and complex eBook once every ten months, and publish smaller ones in the time in middle.

Break the book into 2000 words and so on. Most blog posts are usually in the range of 1000 and 2000 words. This is what typically is recommended for most bloggers, even though many times longer and short posts do the trick. Sometimes, writing an eBook can easily look like an impossible task. However, writing 10 blogs does not always fare bad with a lot of people. For example, if you need to jot down 17000 words in one eBook, break it into 10 chunks of chapters, or sections, or anything that goes with the format of your eBook.

You will most probably be breaking down into sections like Introduction, The Why, Top Tips, Figures, Case Study, etc.

When you are starting out, it helps to brainstorm a list first. Plus, this way you will also be able to assess that anything that can be explained in another section does not need to be separately repeated in another chapter. You never know you might just think of something that you missed out. Moreover, if you are organized, things get done faster too.

Write These Chunks

It is okay and works if you approach each chunk that you have chosen as a mini book. This way you will be able to properly give each an introduction, fill it with supporting points and a conclusion. You are not only making things easier for yourself but also for people who are skipping to sections straight from the Table of Contents.

A good idea would be to simply outline everything that goes further into each section and take cues from there so that there is nothing to stop you from simply writing away the eBook.

Read It Like A Reader Would

Read the final draft from the start to finish and then evaluate what you think of it. You may come across new ideas that you missed or think that something is really irrelevant in an eBook.

Check out the eBook converter on our site, all you have to do is input the document and we will do the rest.

Convert Text To eBook For Summer Vacation

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It’s summer, and that means it’s the main vacation time!

It is fun to plan going on vacation, booking a flight and hotel, already imagining to lie on the beach and leave all the stress behind. However, as soon as you start packing your bag, you always notice a quite striking issue: your bag is too small!

Airlines have restrictions when it comes to the weigh of your luggage, and who wants to carry around a bag that weighs as much as him or herself anyway?

So what do you do? You sort out everything that seems unnecessary. We have another approach that may help you save some space and trouble though!

Convert Documents and Text to eBook Formats

In you vacation, you may finally find some time again to read. It is indeed a great feeling to lie on the beach, listening to the waves, and engaging in the stories of an exciting book or novel. Yet, books – even though the consist of paper almost exclusively – make your luggage a lot heavier. And if you are a fast and enthusiastic reader, you have to carry more than one or two books with you.

If you are the owner of a tablet or eReader, however, you can drop the extra weight easily by transferring books to your portable reading device!

  • Are there important texts for school, university, or your job you have to read through?
  • Did an aspiring author in your circle of friends send you a Word document or PDF to skip through?
  • Are you a passionate reader of online articles, fanfiction, or other online content?

Then make your documents “kindle ready”! All you need is

  1. the document or the link to your resource, and
  2. an eBook converter.

How to Convert Text to EPUB

EPUB is one of the most common eBook formats (alongside with MOBI and AZW). Converting your texts to EPUB will enable you to read them “on the go” on your tablet or eReader. But how do you get there? Check out our video tutorial and you will know how to, e.g., convert PDF to EPUB.

Yes, it can be that easy to take your favorite fanfiction, online articles, business correspondence, or any other digital text on vacation. There is no need to constantly look for a wi-fi hotspot or debit your mobile contract for roaming. After converting, you can read your texts offline.

Of course you can choose another eBook format rather than convert to EPUB as well! Does your smartphone, tablet app, or phablet not support EPUB? Then you can always convert EPUB to MOBI or AZW.

 

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How To View All Kinds Of Files Without Installing Anything

Did you know that there are several options on how to view all kinds of Files without having to install the specific program needed? Yes, even programs that are capable of opening and displaying different kinds of files mostly require download and installation – if not even a purchase!

Open Anything
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Thus, we have collected a view websites that allow you to view different kinds of audio, document, eBook, spreadsheet, image, or presentation files online. Oftentimes, you are sent a file that you can not open with the programs available on your computer – may it be an Apple pages document that you can’t open in Microsoft Word, or a RAW camera image.

Furthermore, most of these pages do not even require you to register or log in to use them. The service is completely for free.

ThinkFree Online

ThinkFree Online is a tool especially useful for users of Apple Macs or platforms without the installation of the Microsoft Office Programs. The site allows you to open all kinds of Microsoft Office files of 2003 and 2007 like DOC, DOCX, XLS, or PPT.

Furthermore, you are able to use a DOC, XLS, and PPT editor on the website. By creating a free account, it is also possible to store your documents and spreadsheets on your account.

Unfortunately, the site is limited to processing Microsoft Office files only, however the support provided is very reliable.

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rollMyFile

rollMyFile is a very versatile online file viewer. They claim to support over 500 different file types, ranging from documents and spreadsheets, to images and even eBooks. The handling of the website is very easy as well, since you can simply drag & drop the file you want to open on the home page. rollMyFile is supported by the most common browsers like Opera, Safari, Firefox, or Google Chrome.

With a paid subscription, the user is able to edit the files uploaded and save those changes to, e.g., Google Drive or Drop Box.

However, there are still many files, especially media files or raw image files from DSLR cameras, that can not be opened by the service.

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Convert your Files

Another option to view any kind of file that has been sent to you or that you found on your hard drive is to convert them into formats your computer, tablet, or mobile phone is able to open and display. Just as with the two services mentioned above, no installation of a program to your computer or phone is needed, however, the converted file will have to be either downloaded on your hard drive or stored on a cloud storage service.

The possibilities are almost endless though. Usually not supported RAW camera files like NEF or CR2 can be converted to JPG, 3GP or other more “exotic” video files can be converted to MP4, and eBooks and all kinds of documents can easily be converted to PDF.

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Frequently Asked Questions About e-Book Converters

When people were first introduced to e-books, things were quite simple. You purchased an e-reader, and then you purchased books so you could read them on that e-reader. Life is still that simple for some people, but for many others it has become much more complicated as the electronic world has expanded because of the need to convert your e-books from one type of file to another. If you are a regular e-book reader, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about e-book converters to help ease the potential confusion.

Why Are e-Book Converters Needed?

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When people ask questions about e-book converters, one of he first ones is why they are needed. The reason the e-book world became so complex is because of the number of options that are available to you in today’s world. In the past, you probably bought an Amazon Kindle or a Nook and read all your e-books on the device you bought it for.

However, since you purchased the e-reader, you probably also bought a new phone, a tablet and maybe even a more curent e-reader. The problem comes in when you want to read your e-books on a device other than the one it was purchased for. That is what causes most of the questions about e-book converters.

For example, if you purchase an e-book from Amazon for your Kindle, it will come as a specific type of file that your Kindle can handle. However, if you want to read your book on your phone or on your tablet, it may, or may not work. The device you are using to read the e-book must be able to read the type of file of your original book.

In the case of Kindle books, most other types of e-readers can handle those because the Kindle is one of the more popular formats. It makes sense for other e-readers to be able to accept those types of files. But there are simply too many different types of formats for all reading devices to be able to handle.

If you originally had a less popular type of e-reader, you may not be able to read the original books you purchased on a new device. However, if you convert the ebook file to one that can be handled by your new device, it will work again.

What Does an e-Book Converter Do?

The second of our questions about e-book converters is about what the converters actually do. As described above, the converter simply converts the behind the scene code of the e-book that is related to how the book is created. This conversion changes the file extension. It’s somewhat similar to the difference between a DOC file from Microsoft Word and an XLS file from Excel.

How to Convert an e-Book

Answers to some of the questions about e-book converters can be somewhat technical; however learning how to actually do it is much easier. The only difficult part is finding a good online e-book converter to use.

It is important to find an ebook converter that is easy to use and can convert your e-book to the type of file your new device needs. It’s a bonus if the file converter also has the ability to convert audio files, convert videos and convert documents. That way when you come across the need for those other types of document conversions, you will already have one ready to use. If you get one converter that handles all of those, you will never have to look for a new converter again!

Once you have a converter, it’s as easy as browsing on your computer to tell the conversion tool what file you want converted, and what time of file it needs to be converted to.

Now that we’ve answered these common questions about e-book converters, you should be able to handle just about any type of e-book file and convert it so it can be read on any type of e-reader you might have.

How and Why You Need to Know How to Convert eBooks to Other Formats

eBook converters are really easy to use, but if you aren’t already well versed in what they can do, it can be confusing.  Most people are becoming more familiar with document converters, but eBook converters still seem to have a lot of questions surrounding them.

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We’re going to explain everything you need to know about why you need to know how to convert eBooks and how to do it.

What is an eBook File Converter?

An eBook is an electronic book you can read on your computer or mobile device. However, behind the scenes, an eBook is a specific type of file that is viewed on those devices. Each eBook is created in a specific type of file and can only be read on the devices that have the technology to open them.

When you’re working with word processing documents, the most common type of file is a .DOC. This is because that document type is created by Microsoft Word, which is the most popular type of word processing software.  Since other types of software want you to use their software, they usually also give you the ability to open DOC files because it’s good for their business to allow their users to interact with Microsoft products.

However, if your software can’t open the DOC document type, you simply have to use an online document converter to change the document type. eBooks are the same.

Why You Need an eBook Converter

Since there are now dozens of eReaders on the market, that means there are dozens of different types of eBook files. Because of this, the chance that at some point you will want to read one of your eBooks on a device that can’t open it is relatively high. This is why it’s necessary to learn how to convert eBooks.

You may also need to convert eBooks to a different format because you need it to become a PDF file, or a Word document.  Other people may need to convert eBooks because they’ve changed devices and their new device doesn’t have the same capability as their old one.

How eBook Converters Work

The hardest part of converting eBooks isn’t the conversion process, it’s finding the right converter.  There are a lot of things to consider before you decide what type of document converter to use. Some of those items are to review what features are available, whether the features you need are available, whether to use a desktop converter or an online converter, and of course, they must have the ability to handle the specific type of conversion you need.

How to Convert eBooks

Once you find the tools you’re going to use to convert eBooks to a different type of file, the hard part is out of the way. At that point, it’s just a matter of completing the steps in the conversion tool.

Most tools offer you a simple browse method of selecting your file. This means you will simply use your computer file manager to select the specific eBook file you want to have converted. This is done in the same manner as selecting a Word or Excel file to open.

Once you select the file, you will just need to tell your conversion tool how you want the eBook file converted. After you select the type of file you need, the tool should then convert your eBook. You should either receive an email that includes the new file, or a link on the website page that will allow you to download your converted eBook.

Now that you know how to convert eBooks, you should be able to read any of your eBooks on any device you have!