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Zorba’s Ebook FAQ

How to read our ebooks … and more.

What are the formats of your ebooks?

All our ebooks are available in PDF, and some of our ebooks are available in PDF and EPUB.

The PDF format is primarily designed for reading on desktop and laptop computers. (But of course, many portable devices can easily read PDF documents.)

The new EPUB format reads beautifully on iPhones, iPods, and a number of PDAs and ebook readers. And is also possible, and fun, to read the EPUB ebooks on your desktop or laptop computer.


Do I need a special ebook reading device to read your ebooks?

No, you do not need a dedicated device. You can read our ebooks on your desktop or laptop computer (Windows machines, Linux boxes, and Macs), or on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or (most likely) on your mobile device.


How to Read Ebooks in the Format: PDF

On Windows PCs, how can I read ebooks in the format: PDF?

You can use any of these free PDF readers for Windows:


On Apple Mac computers, how can I read ebooks in the format: PDF?

o You can use any of these free PDF readers for Mac:

  • Preview is the default PDF file reader that comes included with every new Leopard Operating System. To learn more about Preview, go to the Apple 101 tutorial, and the Macworld article about Preview.
  • Adobe Reader 9.x. Click here to get it from the Adobe Website. Note: this reader is vulnerable to security flaws.
  • Skim. “Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.” Visit the Skim home page.
  • Firefox-Mac-PDF. A plug-in that allows you to read PDF files from your Firefox browser. Click here to get it.

On iPhone or iPod Touch devices, what software can I use to view your PDF files?

GoodReader is an iPhone/iPod Touch app that reads PDF ebooks, and PDF files. The cost is $ 4.99 (USD), but it is currently on sale for less. Visit the GoodReader web page.


On my Linux OS, what software can I use to view your PDF files?

o There are many choices; here is one, and of course it’s free: the Foxit PDF Reader for Linux.


How to Read Ebooks in the Format: EPUB

How can I read EPUB ebooks online?


How can I read EPUB ebooks on my iPod Touch or iPhone?

You can use Stanza from Lexcycle, which has been purchased by Amazon.com.


How can I read EPUB ebooks on my desktop Computer or laptop computer?

  • Calibre. Calibre is an open source ebook reader, and ebook library manager, that can read ePub files. It works with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
  • Stanza from Lexcycle. Stanza comes in a number of editions; to read EPUB on your desktop computer or laptop, you want what is called “Stanza Desktop.” Download the software, install it, and then it will let you read the EPUB. Right now, the Desktop version is free and in beta; in a few months, the company might charge something. (For Windows and Mac OS computers.)
  • Adobe Digital Editions. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is an ebook reader, and an ebook library manager. (For Windows and Mac OS computers.)
  • Book Glutton. There’s a lot going on at the Book Glutton website, and one of the many nice things about it is their online ePub reader. You can store your ebooks here, and download them to your computer or iPod. Also, you can read your ebooks online. Book Glutton’s motto is “A new way to read online.”
  • FB Reader. This is a free ePub reader for Linux, and Windows XP and Vista.
  • Azardi. Azardi is now in the beta version, but it looks promising.

How can I read EPUB ebooks on dedicated ebook reader devices?

Except for the Kindle and the Foxit ebook reader, almost every ebook reading device can natively read EPUB ebooks.


Can I read EPUB ebooks on PDAs and Smartphones?

Probably yes. Check on the website of the manufacturer of your device.


I use the Linux operating system: Can I read your EPUB ebooks?

No problem. Linux users can read EPUB ebooks using Calibre, or online using a web browser and BookWorm.


Information for Ebook Publishers

How can I keep up with the latest information about ebooks and electronic publishing?

There is no information shortage in these areas. You can get a copy of our book or ebook, 50 Benefits of Ebooks.
You can read the leading ebook blogs and forums, and MobileRead and TeleRead.
You can follow the long list of ebook resources, in the links section of EpublishersWeekly.net.


Where is your page: Preparing Images For Ebooks Project (PIFEP) ?

Here is it: http://zorbapress.com/?page_id=429


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