If you want to read your book on your Android tablet or phone, you’ll first need a suitable eReader app:
If you want to annotate the PDF format, Adobe Reader is another free option.
If you have a separate Kindle and you want to sync your reading, you can use the Kindle app with the Kindle file but it appears that you must use the Send to Kindle desktop app to transfer the file to the Kindle app.
Wondering what the difference is between the eBook formats? Click here for pictures.
(I should say at the outset, I have very limited experience with the Android OS, but all of the instructions below worked when tested.)
Ready to copy your files to your tablet/phone? You have 4 options:
Open Directly on the tablet/phone (excludes multimedia files which are too big)
Using the desktop and the Send to Kindle app
Using the desktop and the Google Play website
Using iTunes on the desktop and a USB Cable
You can download most books directly to your phone/tablet using Chrome. First, log in to the Members Area on your tablet/phone, then scroll down to the My Content box. (If your tablet is held horizontally, it might be on the right of the page. If you’re holding your tablet vertically or you’re using an phone, it might be further down the page.)
Tap the Downloads link for your book. There’s an icon for each format – PDF or ePub format. Tap the icon of your choice. They’re large files, so it might take a while if you’re on a slow connection. (Note, this won’t work for the big multimedia files, so I’ve put a big red note on those pages).
Open the Downloads app and tap on the downloaded book. Select the app of your choice – in this case, we’ll select Play Books.
The book will then be opened into your eReader app and saved, ready to open again later.
Here is the book in Play Books, as an example. In most apps, you can pinch to enlarge the screenshots, and tap the 3 lines to show the table of contents.
If you open another book and then can’t find your books, most apps have an All Documents collection or similar. In the Play Books app, click the Collections button at the top of the screen and look in the All collection.
Send to Kindle for PC and Send to Kindle for Mac are free applications that let you easily send your personal documents (and this book) from your computer to your registered Kindle devices and the Kindle app on other supported tablets and phones.
Download the Kindle format (.mobi extension) to your computer and then follow Amazon’s instructions to send them directly to your Kindle or Kindle application:
When you open the Kindle app on your tablet or phone, the book should appear in the All Items or Docs section.
To add your books to Play Books wirelessly from your desktop
1. Download the PDF or ePub format to your computer.
2. Visit https://play.google.com/books and log in to your account
3. Select Upload Files and navigate to the files on your computer hard drive.
4. When you open the Play Books app on your tablet or phone, the book should appear in the All Books or Uploads section.
You’re most likely to need to use USB sync with large multimedia files, so we’ll use Gitden Reader.
1. Download the PDF or ePub format to your computer. Download, install and open Android File Transfer.
2. Plug your tablet/phone into the computer using the USB cable. If you’re asked to select a USB connection on your device, choose Media device (MTP).
3. Drag the files to the tablet/phone. The Download folder is as good a place as any.
4. On the phone, open Gitden Reader.
5. Press the Home button, then select Import Books.
6. Navigate to the location of the book, and tap to select it.
7. Tap the Import button in the top right corner.
8. Go back to the bookshelf and tap on the book to open it.