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 or other PDF Reader
  • Apple iPads, iPhones, and even some iPods (iOS 9.x or later required for full compatibility)
  • Android tablets with PDF readers
  • All current Kindle models

That said, the books look and work best on iPads and desktop PDF readers. Apple Books, in particular, does an excellent job of showing the books in their full capability.

Due to the proliferation of devices, I can't test and guarantee compatibility on all devices, however there's no reason why the book files 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 Books.
  6. The book PDF is saved in the Apple Books library on the iPad and can later be opened in Books (it will be in the PDF Collection). If you didn’t perform Step 5, the iPad will eventually “forget” the download, so make sure you do Step 5!
  7. Make sure your iPad is backed up. This is either done via iCloud (Settings/iCloud/iCloud Backup) or by direct cable link on Macs. On macOS 10.14 or earlier, iTunes is used to back up your device. On macOS 10.15 and later, your device should appear in Locations in any Finder window. Third party backups, such as iMazing, can also be used. If you don't backup your iPad and it needs to be restored at some later point, you'll lose access to your book!

My recommended method for iOS users:

  1. Complete purchase in your browser.
  2. Wait for the email to come with your download link. Check your Spam/Junk folder, as this email comes from an automated server.
  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 Apple Books. 

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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