1. How do I purchase an ebook?
Ebooks may be purchased at most all on-line book outlets such as SynergEbooks.com , Barnes
and Noble, Amazon.com, Fictionwise, and MobiPocket. As with other online purchases, you can
browse these on-line stores, read excerpts of the books offered and then purchase through their
secure web site stores.
2. How do I get the ebook?
The ebook that you order can come to you in one to two ways, either as a file that you download from
the site and store on your computer, or ebook reading device (more on this below), or it can be sent
to you on a disk, usually a cd rom type disk. The file would be on that disk and you would open it using
an appropriate program on your computer to open the file on the disk.
Once open, the file will display on your computer and can be viewed different ways depending on the
program you are using. You may also choose to print the file to paper, thus giving you a hard copy of
your book to take with you and read away from the computer.
3. What types of files do ebooks come in?
This can vary from publisher to publisher and from book to book. However, the most popular file types
are Adobe Reader (.pdf), Microsoft Reader (.lit), HTML(web based), and Mobipocket (.prc).
4. What are ebook reading devices?
These are devices similar to a pda, Palm, or other handheld, electronic devices in which you connect
it to your computer and download books into it. Amazon.com has a device in which you can download
titles directly to it from their site. Most other devices like the pda's and Palms, etc. will also allow you
to connect to a computer and download ebook files to them and store them there. It is dependent on
the software used as to the exact procedure.
Once the file is downloaded and "opened" in an electronic reading device, you can read the book like
a paper/print book. Pages look like printed pages and you can bookmark them and on some, even
insert your own notes.
5. What is the best file format to get for my book?
If you are going to read the file on your computer, we suggest the Adobe Reader (.pdf) format. It will
look like a book and you can scroll through the pages easily. You cannot add your own notes to this
Microsoft Reader is also another format we recommend. It has a nice interface that makes the book
easy to navigate through and gives more of a feel of reading a paper/print book. In addition, for those
with sight impairments, Microsoft Reader offers text to speech for listening to the book. You may get a
free download of the Microsoft Reader software by clicking here.
For more detailed explanation of ebooks and how they work, please click here.
Sun and Sand Communications