eBook Devices

eBook Devices

In addition to desktop and notebook computers, a number of dedicated eBook devices, or eReaders, can be used to enjoy the titles in your HFS Digital Library offline. More recently, a number of tablets and smartphones are capable of functioning like eReaders with the installation of some readily available software. See our eBook Formats page for more information.

paidContent.org publishes a list of eReaders that compares these devices on their Comparing E-Readers and Tablets page. The "Native Formats" row gives information about which eReaders can handle PDF, ePub, and Mobi formats.

Of these three formats, ePub is supported by most eReaders, including the Barnes and Noble Nook and the Sony Reader. Apple iOS devices--such as the iPad and iPhone--will automatically download ePub files after installing iBook, Stanza, or Bluefire from the App Store. A detailed list of devices that support our PDF and ePub titles be found on this list from Adobe Digital Publishing.

Amazon Kindle devices do not support ePub files. (It is possible to import PDFs without DRM protection to the Kindle, but PDF is not an ideal reading format for many portable devices.) Instead, the Kindle natively supports the MobiPocket, or Mobi, format. The instructions below detail the process of transferring your Mobi purchases to your Kindle. More detailed support can be found from Amazon.

Special Kindle instructions

Download the MobiPocket format eBook to your computer.  Then transfer the file to the Kindle reader by following these steps:

  1. Remove the electrical plug from the end of your Kindle charging cord. This will reveal a USB connector that you can then plug into any USB port on your computer, or a USB hub connected to your computer.
  2. Plug the other end of the Kindle charging cord into the charging port on your Kindle. Your Kindle can be on or off for this part of the process. The Kindle's charging port doubles as the data transfer port; when your Kindle is plugged into the computer you will be able to both recharge its battery from the computer's battery and transfer files.
  3. Wait until your Kindle automatically goes into USB drive mode and appears in your computer's system as a removable mass-storage device, just as a DVD or data CD would.
  4. Double-click on the Kindle's icon to open a window displaying its various folders. Locate the folder designated for the file type you want to transfer from the computer to the Kindle. Note that only certain file types-- .MOBI, .PDF, .AZW, .AZW1, .TXT, .PRC, .AA, .AAX and .MP3--are currently readable by the Kindle.
  5. Locate the files you want to transfer on your computer's hard drive, then drag and drop them into the appropriate Kindle folder.
  6. Use your computer's undock, eject or unmount function to "eject" the virtual Kindle disc once the transfer is complete.
  7. Disconnect your Kindle from the USB cable. It will automatically return to wherever you may have been reading before you connected it to the computer.