Ok, we’ll sell you the ebooks, cool and everything. But how to read ebooks? What are the apps for reading ebooks?
Reading an ebook is an experience equal in content but different in usability compared to a normal paper book. This is because if we talk about an ebook we talk about a file in .epub, .mobi format or a simple pdf.
Mobi is the extension that is used by Kindle readers, it makes no sense to delve into the question here because those who have a Kindle can buy their ebook only on Amazon and will be displayed in a standard manner on the device.
Epub: is an open source format that allows reading from ereaders, from Android tablets, from iPads, smartphones, iPhones and numerous other devices.
Pdf: it is the good old standard format that simulates the rendering on “printed paper”; this makes it in theory perfect for ebooks, but only according to a concept of “simulation” of the paper book that is obviously outdated. It is a proprietary Adobe format but readable by many apps.
Depending on the app we will be using to read ebooks, our file will be displayed optimally or not. We write this simple introductory guide to avoid taking insults regarding editing (even if we know well that you can’t wait to insult us); very often it may seem that an ebook is “badly done” when in reality it is sufficient to enlarge or reduce the character a bit or find the right app to open it and everything returns to normal. If something does not work, it is not said that we have done a crap, in fact.
To create an ebook it is necessary to leave the vision of classic layout and create a file that fits the reading device used, the same can be said for its reading.
There are now hundreds of models among ereaders, tablets and smartphones (and let’s not forget about the “old” PCs, even if they are not the maximum of comfort) and dozens of apps and programs to do so, a panorama that can almost be confusing. So how do we get around this?
At this point it is necessary to clarify the difference between ereader and tablet. The first is created exclusively for reading, without wasting time with technicalities it is useful to know that an ereader will display your ebook with an electronic ink very similar to printed paper (personally we find it fantastic to see how the letters materialize on the screen adapting to the surface ) and, more importantly, it is not backlit; this means that it does not light up on its own but needs the external light exactly as for a reading in print. It is comfortable because it is very light, with a battery that lasts for days, a large memory and does not tire the eyes. The ereaders allow a standard reading of the work, this means that many decorative elements present in the initial file will not be displayed but the reading experience will still be positive.
By now we all know the tablets / ipads, we use them for social networks, to browse through browsers, to take photos, to download apps of all kinds and so on; it is backlit so it has its own light and can be read in the dark. Reading an ebook on a tablet / ipad is slightly different from that of the ereader even if the content does not change. What basically changes is that to view the file you need an app that can read the purchased format. Apps may already be installed but generally they are very basic or not. I tried to open the same file on different applications and we believe that the best app to read ebooks is Bluefire Reader that allows you to view the ebook perfectly as well as “built” by the publisher. Same story for smartphones / iPhones, which are not so bad to use as a reading tool to fill in dead moments; Bluefire Reader is the app we recommend. We will experiment with others anyway and keep this article updated to help you always visualize your ebook in the best way.
Happy reading (maybe starting, why not, from our catalog)!