One of the great things about Carina Press titles is that they’re DMR-free, which means you can read them on the device of your choice. And maybe you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and want to buy directly from the site because they have great prices and often super-great coupon codes, but you’re not sure how to get them onto the iThing you read on.
Calibre is one of the best things to ever happen to digital reading. It’s a fabulous ebook management system and conversion tool. My Calibre library is stored in my Dropbox account (another service I couldn’t live my life without). I pull up the Dropbox folder on my iPhone, navigate to the ePub book I want and open it in iBooks. Done.
But what if you don’t have Calibre or Dropbox and you’re sitting there saying “ohmigod, Shan, I have no idea what you’re talking about!“? If you have an iGadget, you have iTunes, so here’s how to get your Carina Press books from the Carina Press site to your iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad without knowing what I’m talking about…
(If you don’t already have the iBooks app on your device, grab it from the app store. It’s free.)
1) Once you’ve completed the transaction on the Carina Press site, you can click on the big “downloads” button. There you’ll find your books and you can save them to your computer.
2) Open iTunes. Under the File tab, choose “Add to Library”. Navigate to where you saved your ebooks (I always download mine right to my desktop) and click to add.
3) The next time you sync your iThing, go to the device’s sync screen, then choose “books”. (On the device’s sync screen, not from the main menu down the left.) Check “sync books” and you can either sync all the books or you can choose “sync selected books” and check the ones you want in iBooks on your device.”
4) Sync. After you’ve disconnected and open the iBooks app, your Carina Press titles should be displayed on that pretty iBookshelf, like mine in the photo. That’s it!
ETA: As Fiona Lowe pointed out in the comments, after you save your book to your computer, you can just attach it to an email to yourself. Open the email on your iGadget and open the attached epub file in iBooks. I tend to buy books in binges and don’t read them right away, but that’s definitely another easy option!