How eBooks.com works

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You can access millions of ebooks from anywhere

Launched in 2000, eBooks.com is the oldest e-bookstore on the web, selling ebooks published by local and global book publishers to a world-wide audience.

eBooks.com operates as a recommendation service and e-bookstore.

Sign up for our email alerts and you’ll receive regular reading recommendations in your fields of interest. Our recommendations are not AI-driven; they are personal recommendations from our team of real, human editors.

As an e-bookstore, we operate much like Amazon or any other online retailer, except that we only sell books in digital form. You can search or browse over a million ebooks. When you find something you’d like to read, buy it and you can be reading in a matter of minutes.

You can download our ebooks to any of thousands of ebook reader devices, as well as your smart phone, tablet or computer. Here’s how:

  1. Buy an ebook
  2. Install suitable ‘reader’ software
  3. Click ‘download’
  4. Start reading

You can access your ebook anytime by logging in to your account at eBooks.com and following these instructions.

How to download an ebook to a PC or Mac

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions (“ADE”) on your computer. You need this free software in order to unlock and read your ebook. (More info about installing ADE.)
  2. “Authorize” Adobe Digital Editions: With the program open on your computer,
    • click Help >
    • Authorize >
    • select Adobe ID as your eBook vendor and then >
    • type in your Adobe user name and password, or create an Adobe ID if you don’t have one. (More info about authorizing ADE.)
  3. Return to eBooks.com and click Download next to the ebook you want to download.

(You only need to do the first two steps once. In future, just click “Download”.)

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How to download an ebook to a phone or tablet

  1. Install Ebook Reader app on your device (more info about Ebook Reader app). There are four versions available. Depending on the type of device you have, install one of these:
  2. With the app open, login using the same credentials you used for your eBooks.com account.
  3. Sync the device with your eBooks.com account:
    • On iOS, tap the little circular arrow at the bottom of the page.
    • On Android, scroll down and tap “Books in my eBooks.com account”
  4. Tap on the cover of the ebook you’d like to read.

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How to transfer an ebook from a computer to an ebook device

You’ll need to have an app called Adobe Digital Editions (“ADE”) installed on your computer and device. Most of the ebooks we sell are locked (encrypted) by their publishers, and this ADE software unlocks ebooks.

It’s likely that ADE is already installed on your device, but that’s not true of all devices, so you should check here to make sure your device is compatible.

If your device is compatible with ADE…

First download the ebook to your computer

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions (“ADE”) on your computer. You need this free software in order to unlock and read your ebook. (More info about installing ADE.)
  2. “Authorize” Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. With ADE open:
    1. click Help >
    2. Authorize >
    3. select Adobe ID as your eBook vendor >
    4. type in your Adobe user name and password (or create an Adobe ID if you don’t have one). More info about authorizing ADE.
  3. Return to eBooks.com and click Download next to the ebook you bought.

Then transfer the ebook from the computer to the e-reader

  1. Connect the e-reader device via USB to your computer. Do this step before opening ADE. (Otherwise, the application can’t see the device.)
  2. Then launch ADE on your computer.
  3. ADE will detect the device and it will be listed on the left side of the ADE window.
  4. Click on the ebook that you want to transfer and drag it across to the image of your device on the left.

The eBook is now transferred, and you can read it on your e-reader device.

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How to read online, without downloading

  1. Buy an ebook
  2. It will appear in your online bookshelf
  3. Click the “Read Now” button

Q&A

If I buy an ebook from you, do I actually have possession of the text on one of my devices?

Yes. You can download the entire ebook to your personal computer and devices. But you can also read the ebook online, without downloading anything. It’s up to you.

DRM: What anti-piracy protections are used?

Many of the ebooks sold on eBooks.com are encrypted, to protect the rights of authors. We use Digital Rights Management technology, or “DRM”, to do this. When a file is protected with DRM, you’ll need to install a free, publisher-approved app in order to unlock it. We recommend that you install Adobe Digital Editions (for a computer) or Ebook Reader (for tablets and phones):

For iPhone, iPad or Android devices (Ebook Reader app)

For PC or Mac (Adobe Digital Editions)

For Kindle Fire (Ebook Reader app)

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