eBook FAQs

1. What is an eBook?
An eBook is an electronic book, or a digital version of a print book. Guideposts eBooks are available as Electronic Publication (ePUB) and Encapsulated Portable Document (ePDF) formats. These formats can be read on desktop computers, laptops, tablet readers, and many mobile devices.

2. What is an ePUB?
Electronic Publication (ePUB)  is a standard eBook format, which makes it possible to  customize font, text, and alter the size of images on desktop monitors, tablets and devices with smaller screens such as a  smartphone.

ePub is suited for the following devices: iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, Nexus Samsung Galaxy, Sony, etc. This format is open source and can be used by most tablets, and smartphones.

Note: Kindle Tablets require the e-book management tool calibre www.calibre-ebook.com to read any file that is not in the Kindle file format.

3. What is an ePDF?
Encapsulated Portable Document or ePDF is a common format for eBook reading. The format maintains its layout for complex documents and as result, cannot be resized or reformatted. Most devices that have the Adobe Reader allow you to open and read ePDF documetns.

ePDF is best suited for the following devices: iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, Nexus Samsung Galaxy, Sony, desktop and laptop computers. It is not suited for small screen devices such as smartphones.

Note: Kindle Tablets require the e-book management tool calibre www.calibre-ebook.com to read any file that is not in the Kindle file format.

4. Why would I want to read an eBook?  
eBooks provide a convenient, portable reading experience. Multiple eBooks can be stored on your computer or e-reader that allows you to access multiple titles without carry multiple books. Instead of waiting on you book to be delivered, you can download an eBook instantly. You can also store your eBook on multiple devices, making it easy to retrieve at home, the office, or on the go. Additionally, eBooks are searchable – entering a word or phrase in a search box will display every use of that word or phrase throughout the book.

How to Purchase & Download eBooks

1. How do I purchase an eBook?
You can search, browse, and select your eBook just as would a printed book.  Once you find the book that you want you may select either the ePUB of ePDF eBook format and proceed to the checkout process. Your confirmation email will contain your eBook download link.

2. Where is my ePUB located?
PC users: If you have Adobe® Digital Editions and have not changed your preferences, you will find your ePUB located in “My Documents/My Digital Editions”

Note: Users with Windows 7 or above operating systems may find their ePub in the “Downloads” folder.

Mac users: If you have Adobe® Digital Editions and have not changed your preferences, you will find your ePUB located in your “Downloads” folder.

If you do not currently have Adobe® Digital Editions you can either: Download and open your ePub zip file and begin reading right away or you may save the ePub to the suggested default location or another folder specified by you.

3. Where is my ePDF located?
Your ePDF will automatically open with Abode Reader. You may save it to the default location or to another folder specified by you.

4. How many times can I download my eBook?
ShopGuideposts.org allows you to download your eBook 3 times. This allows you to download the file to your desktop, laptop, eReader, or device capable of storing an eBook.

5. How do I send my eBook to a friend or family member as a gift?
To send your eBook to a friend or family member, you will need to send the eBook file you downloaded as an email attachment to your recipient.

Selecting & Reading your eBook

Which eBook format is right for you? The chart below shows the comparisons between the two formats offered at ShopGuideposts.org.The table below displays the capabilities for the most popular tablets and readers.  Instructions on how to read ePub and ePDF files on Kindle products are found immediately below the table.

Supported Devices

Device ePub ePDF Printable Adjustable Font Number of Guideposts Downloads

 

 

 

 

ePub ePDF

 

Apple iPad (All Models)

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

3

Apple iPhone

Yes

Yes

No

yes

No

3

Barnes and Noble Nook (All Models

Yes

Yes

No

yes

No

3

Kindle Fire (All models)

No

No

No

yes

No

3

Nexus  (All Models)

Yes

Yes

No

yes

No

3

Samsung Galaxy (All Models)

Yes

Yes

No

yes

No

3

Sony Tablet (All Models

Yes

Yes

No

yes

No

3

 

KINDLE INSTRUCTIONS

If you have a Kindle, follow the directions to download the application that will allow you to read both ePub and ePDF files.

  1. Download and install Calibre.

  2. When you first run it, Calibre will ask what language you want to use, and to select a folder to use as your e-book library. Next, select your primary reader.

  3. From the main screen, you can choose to add books by clicking the large icon in the top left. Add any EPUB files you've got that you want to convert.

  4. Select the EPUB files you want to convert and click "Convert books" in the top bar.

  5. Select your options. Calibre should have automatically decided on the MOBI format if you use a Kindle as your primary reader. You have a vast array of options to choose from, but for most EPUBs, you should find the basic setup good enough. When you're settled, click "OK" at the bottom right.

  6. It doesn't usually take very long, and once you've converted them, you can send them straight to your Kindle from within Calibre by selecting "Connect/share" from the top right or aiming your device at the correct folder

Of course, you can use Calibre to convert other e-book files as well. It's a powerful program that can really help folks who have multiple readers or who want to explore new formats.