What do your books work on?

My eBook versions are tested and known to work on:

  • Linux, Macintosh, and Windows computers using the free Acrobat Reader
  • Apple iPads, iPhones, and iPods (iOS 9.x or later required for full compatibility)
  • Android tablets with PDF readers
  • All current Kindle models

Due to the proliferation of devices, I can't test and guarantee compatibility on other devices, however there's no reason why they shouldn't work on other devices that have accurate PDF readers, even smartphones with PDF readers. However, smartphones are one category I'd discourage you to use my books on: while the PDFs look fine at tablet size, the small screens of most phones will have you squinting and scrolling a lot. Still, if your phone has a PDF reader on it, the files should work. (Hint: with many small devices, reading in landscape mode often works better than in portrait mode.)

Here are some more specific instructions for iPad and Kindle users for PDFs:

iPad (iOS) Users

The simplest way:

  1. Complete purchase in your browser on the iOS device.
  2. Tap on the download link you receive.
  3. Once the download is complete, the PDF (eventually) opens on the iOS device.
  4. Look for the Share icon and tap it. (The Share icon is the box with the up arrow coming out of it.)
  5. Choose Copy to iBooks.
  6. The book PDF is saved in the iBooks library on the iPad and can later be opened in iBooks (but it will be in PDF Collection). If you didn’t perform Step 5, the iPad will “forget” the download.
  7. The book PDF file should be synced back to your computer next time you connect to iTunes, otherwise you have no backup should there be an issue with your iPad.

My recommended method for iOS users:

  1. Complete purchase in your browser.
  2. Wait for the email to come with your download link.
  3. Download the file to your computer.
  4. Use AirDrop to copy the file from your computer to your iOS device (make sure you device is active and connected to the same network). When you drop the file on the iOS device your device a pop-up will appear asking your where to put it. Choose Books, and the book will be copied to iBooks. 

Kindle Users

  1. Download the file to your computer.
  2. Connect your Kindle to your computer via the USB port.
  3. Use your computer's file system to find the Kindle; it'll show up like any other computer drive.
  4. Drag the file you downloaded into the Documents folder on the Kindle.
  5. Eject the Kindle from your computer as you would any other removable disk drive.

Note: Kindle users do not get all the interactive features in the native PDF viewer due to Amazon's incomplete PDF support. If you transfer your book file to the Kindle via Amazon's "convert" service (via your Kindle's email address), formatting and tables will also be destroyed. Amazon's PDF support has been lagging that of other devices.

If you own a Kindle Fire, there's a simple solution: get a third party PDF reader application from the Amazon app store, such as the free qPDF. qPDF does support all the internal links in the file correctly (there's also a for sale version that adds features such as annotation).

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