After doing some informal research, we have learned that a majority of people do not fully understand how to download eBooks or apps onto the numerous devices that are capable of these downloads. So, just for an easy primer, we will give some free advice on the most popular devices. In general, a direct connection to the Internet or WiFi is preferred, as 3G and 4G networks don’t work as fast and may have more blips. Also, wherever you get your content from (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Android), you will have to have an account with that content provider set up and a credit card on file to make purchases (even if the eBooks or apps are free). Make sure to write your username and password down, as not knowing one of these is a common problem. From there, each major content provider is the source for the things you want to find.
On an Amazon Kindle or Kindle Fire, the easiest way to find what you are looking for is to search for the app or eBook by title. Once you find what the eBook you want to purchase, you click on purchase and the title should start downloading onto your device. The eBook should appear in your library and you can start reading your content. With the Kindle Fire and apps specifically, you would have to search for the type of app you want to download in the Amazon App Store. Once you find the app, click on it and then click the “Install” button. This will download the content onto your device. After the app is installed, an icon will open in your background that you can click to start enjoying the app you just purchased!
The Barnes & Noble Nook product line is very similar to Amazon. After you have your account set up and payment information all lined up, eBooks can be found with a simple search, and that title downloaded with one click of the “Download button.” Apps are found in the Nook App Store (only for NookColor and NookTablet), and are just as easy to search for. Once you find the app you want, simply download it, which will install the app on your screen background. Once this done, click on the app and enjoy your new content.
The Google Play, or Android Marketplace, is just an App Store and only has apps in its menus. The download process here is the same as described for the Kindle Fire and the NookTablet, and is very user friendly.
Apps on the wide range of product lines from Apple are also just as simple. Whether you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you have the App Store as an app on these devices, which gives you the ability to search for and install your content. Where the Apple products differ is eBooks. To find eBooks on Apple devices, you first have to download the iBookstore as an app, and from there you can begin searching the available library for eBooks to download to your device. All of your eBook reading would be done in this app, so to read your eBooks, you have to open the iBookstore app first and then look at your eBook library.
There are other ways to download eBooks other than through devices, namely, finding the content online and then sideloading this content onto your device manually. Those who are more technologically proficient tend to use this method because there are a variety of websites on the Internet that offer eBook content that may not be necessarily available on the other major content providers. Here is where it gets to be important to watch out for what kind of files you are downloading. For eBooks, in general, every device other than the Kindle can read what is known as the .epub format, whereas Kindle books are proprietary to Amazon itself and can only be found at Amazon.com or on the device itself. You use your computer to download files into a folder, which you then have to synch to your device using a USB connection.
Apps are different, in so far as there are no off-market providers of app content that even the technologically proficient could benefit from. To manually side-load apps to Apple devices, you have to have the iTunes program downloaded onto your computer. After setting up an account with them, you can find the App Store in iTunes and purchase whatever apps you want and they will save in your iTunes folders. Make sure to save your password for future use. The next time you connect your Apple device to your computer to synch the data between the device and the computer, any apps, eBooks, movies, etc, would be saved to your device automatically without having to re-download any content to your device. Again, you could do the same with Amazon App Store, Nook App Store, or Google Play App Store.
These are just some basic guidelines for downloading eBooks and apps, and hopefully this information can help resolve some of the confusion
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