No E-Reader? No Problem!

This was shamelesly cribbed from Ilona Andrews’s blog.

On Your Computer

Kindle App

Top Features (courtesy of Amazon Website):

  • Get the best reading experience available on your PC. No Kindle required
  • Access your Kindle books even if you don’t have your Kindle with you
  • Automatically synchronizes your last page read and annotations between devices with Whispersync
  • Create new highlights, notes, and bookmarks and manage those created on your Kindle
  • Search for words or phrases within the book you’re reading
  • Use the built-in dictionary to seamlessly look up the definitions of English words without interrupting your reading.
  • Full screen reading view, color modes, and brightness controls offer an immersive reading experience
  • Real page numbers for thousands of books in the Kindle Store. Now you can easily reference and cite passages, and read alongside others in a book club or class.
  • A German language version of Kindle for PC is available for customers purchasing content from the Kindle Store, which includes instant dictionary word lookup using the Duden Deutsches Universalwörterbuch.
  • Support for collections allows you to take control of your Kindle library and organize your books with ease.
  • Book Extras by Shelfari. Access character descriptions, important places, popular quotations, themes, and book-specific glossaries from Shelfari, the community-powered encyclopedia for book-lovers.
  • Support for Print Kindle Replica content, which look like the corresponding print book with words and images in the position corresponding to the print edition. See more detail on Print Replica content here.
  • Support for reading most PDF files within the Kindle application, including functionality such as zoom and pan, highlighting, note taking, dictionary lookup, and bookmarks.

Go here: Kindle PC or here: Kindle for Mac

Download Kindle App.

Follow the installation instructions, which I believe, consist of double clicking on the downloaded file. I don’t think you have to register, but I don’t remember.

Download the Kindle, prc format of the file above.

Double click the file.


Kindle app is easy to use and it looks nice, but it’s not the only choice out there.

Kindle app accepts a prc and mobi formats.


Top Features (courtsey of Calibre website)

  • Library Management
  • E-book conversion
  • Syncing to e-book reader devices
  • Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
  • Comprehensive e-book viewer
  • Content server for online access to your book collection

Go here: Calibre

Download Calibre.

Follow the installation instructions.

Download Epub format of the file above.

Double click it.


Calibre helps you organize your ebook library. You can also use it to convert files into different formats. This file is not DRM’ed, so you should have no problems.

Calibre accepts a variety of formats including epub and PDF.

Adobe Digital Editions

Top features (courtesy of Adobe website):

  • Interface designed for digital reading
  • Fast, free download
  • Standalone installer
  • Content portability
  • Support for Sony® Reader
  • Powerful markup features
  • Support for PDF and EPUB, a reflow-centric XHTML-based format
  • Support for borrowing eBooks

Go here: Adobe Digital Editions

Click Launch.

Follow installation instructions.

Download epub or PDF version of the file above. It will take both, although PDF version has a shmancier font for some weird reason.

Open the ADE. Click Library. Choose add item to library.

A window will pop up. Click your downloaded file.


On Your Phone

Fair warning: these are the applications I know about but I do not read on my phone. Your mileage will vary, because I have no clue what these apps look like.

For iphone/iPad:

Kindle App: Click Here

Stanza: Click Here

For Other Phones

Aldiko: Click Here


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