Friday, April 13, 2018

Kindle Firmware Update Package 5.9.5 is Available Now

On April  12th, Amazon has announced its new release of Kindle Firmware 5.9.5 for its Kindle devices which mainly improves the highlight functionality.

Now the Kindle firmware version 5.9.5  is available for most Kindle eReaders, including Kindle (7th and 8th generation), Kindle Oasis 1 and 2, Kindle Paperwhite (6th and 7the generation) and Kindle Voyage.

What's new at the Kindle Firmware 5.9.5?

1, It improves the highlight function which allows you to turn off the highlight menu when selecting a passage of text. This change will make the highlighting process faster and reasonable. You can make multiple highlights with less presses.
You can go to set this new function by this path>> Settings--Reading options--Highlights and About The Book--Highlight Menu.

2, It also mentioned the "Performance improvements and other general enhancements" in this update.

The update will automatically download and install to your Kindle devices if you have your wireless connection. But if you want to enjoy the new features of this new update, you can go to Amazon Kindle software update page to download it now.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

How to Convert VBK to PDF

VitalSource is the most popular and used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education with over 4 million users worldwide.

What's a VBK File?

VBK files are DRM-protected eBook files used by VitalSource Bookshelf, an eBook application used for reading purchased textbooks. Once you download eTextbook from VitalSource Bookshelf desktop or website, then the book will be saved in VBK format on your computer.

How do I Open a VBK File?
Since VBK files are all DRM-protected eBook files. So all of your VBK files can only be opened by VitalSource Bookshelf software registered under your account.
The Inconvenience of Printing VBK File
Thought VitalSource improves the learning experience by making it easier to create and deliver effective and affordable digital content, there’s still some limitation about VitalSource Bookshelf, like you can’t print your purchased VBK files as a whole PDF file. Instead you got to print one page at a time manually, which will be painful if a VBK files contains hundreds of pages.
How to Convert VBK to PDF
So here we are going to show you how to convert VBK to PDF with a super powerful software- Epubor VitalSource Downloader. Epubor VitalSource Downloader uses the VitalSource web viewer to scrape every page of the book and strips DRM from the book. It only requires one-click to download the whole book efficiently and save them as EPUB or PDF files.
Step 1, download EpuborVitalSource Downloader to your computer and launch it.
Note: If you are a trial version user, please close the registration window and use Epubor VitalSource Downloader directly.
Next input your VitalSource account and password in the log-in window. Then all of your ebooks will be displayed in the main window.
Step 2, click the book cover to download the book.
There will be a downloading progress bar on the top the window. And don't click on anything before the book was downloaded succeeded to your computer.
Step 3, it will pop up a reminding window when the book was successfully downloaded to your computer.
When you close the reminding window, it will pop up a window contains the DRM free ePub or PDF files.
If you get Vitalsource book downloaded as PDF format, you can print the downloaded PDF book as a whole with one-click! Even if you get the epub format books, you can read DRM free ePub on many devices. And Epubor VitalSource Downloader will allow you to convert the formats between PDF and Epub format in the near future.
So if you want your purchased e-textbooks at your disposal, then you must try the above method to remove DRM from your VBK files and get the DRM free ePub or PDF files.

Friday, March 30, 2018

How to Recover Full Control of Your Purchased eBooks and Audible Books

eBooks purchased from the mainstream eBook stores, like Amazon/Kobo/Nook/Google Play Book, etc, usually come with Digital Right Management(DRM) protection. So does Audible audiobooks. DRM is a set of access control technologies for restricting the use of proprietary hardware and copyrighted works, which locks all your purchased eBooks and Audible audiobooks to specific place. So is there any solution for us to fully control of our purchased eBooks and Audible audiobooks. And the answer is Yes!
Epubor software company is dedicated to provide you the best eBook and Audible audiobooks decryption tools. There’s no software company can rival with Epubor in this business. Here we are going to introduce its 2 star products.

Epubor Ultimate helps you recover control of your purchased eBooks
Epubor Ultimate is the most powerful eBook DRM Removal and eBook Converter on the market. It can even deal with Amazon’s newest ebook formatKFX. However, open source softwareCalibre can’t handle KFX books yet. It also supports batch conversion and the conversion speed is 60X faster. Below is the guide about how to remove DRM from your purchased ebooks.
Step 1, download Epubor Ultimate to your computer and launch it.
Step 2, add the encrypted books from the left sidebar to the right main window. The books will be decrypted within seconds.

Note: Epubor Ultimate can detect your downloaded books automatically. And all the downloaded books will be displayed in the left sidebar of Epubor Ultimate.
Step 3, choose output format and hit the conversion button after decrypting the ebooks.

Super easy to easy and efficient to make the work done with only two clicks. Now you can recover full control of your purchased ebooks.

Epubor Audible Converter helps you recover control of your purchased Audible books
All Epubor software rock. So the next awesome software is Epubor AudibleConverter, the most awesome Audible DRM Removal and Converter.
Step 1, download Epubor Audible Converterto your computer and launch it.
Step 2, click Add to load your Audible audiobooks to Epubor Audible Converter to remove the DRM.

Note: Epubor Audible Converter can locate your downloaded Audible files by clicking the Add button instantly.

Step 3, choose output format after the successful decryption and hit the button to start the conversion.

Note: The AA Audible book is actually encrypted mp3 file, and the AAX Audible book is encrypted m4b file. So the decrypted AA file will be in mp3 format and the decrypted AAX file will be in m4b format.
By now, all of your purchased eBooks and Audible audiobooks are decrypted and you can take the full control of them. You can read or listen to these files on any supported devices you like.
Anyway, Epubor Software rock!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

What are the Kindle supported formats?

 Kindle eReaders hold the most share of eReaders market in the whole world. Amazon builds a wall to confine all the books purchased from Amazon Store to Kindle exclusive formats. You may aware that AZW, AZW3, FKX, ect. are Amazon propriety formats. Well, in this post, i'll make a complete list of Kindle supported formats. Hope it's informative and helful to you.
1.Kindle supported ebook formats
AZW is the primary format which is used for ebooks you buy at Amazon's kindle store and can only be obtained from the Amazon website. It's the preferred format to allow maximum readability on the kindle devices. Sometimes azw files are called KF7 (Kindle Format 7) to distinguish them from KF8 (AZW3). 
AZW3 is another name for KF8 and first came out for the kindle fire. It adds over 150 new formatting capabilities containing support for HTML5 and CSS3. All the new capabilities include embedded fonts, drop caps and CSS selectors such as line spacing, alignment, justification, margin, color, style, and border.
Mobi is a file format created by Mobipocket and now is used by MobiPocket Reader and Amazon Kindle readers. It can be read only if it contains no Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection.
PRC files are used by the Mobipocket e-book-reader. Mobipocket ebooks can have either .prc or .mobi as their extension. Old MOBIs are always in .prc but the newer ones can be .prc or .mobi. DRM-free PRC format ebook can be read on kindle devices.
KFX is the latest format of Amazon Kindle, to get this format of file you must have an E-Ink Kindle, and the book should have the "Enhanced Typesettings" property.
KFX is the successor of AZW6, it's even not a real eBook file. You can see it as a downloader, it downloads all the stuff of a book into your Kindle, regarless of texts or images.
Of course, you can convert the KFX file into other formats: convert KFX to Mobi/EPUB/PDF.
2. Kindle supported document formats
Members belong to this category: TXT, PDF, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP.
Kinlde natively just supports two kinds of document formats. The first one is text file (TXT) and the other is Adobe's PDF format.
But there are also some available on kindle through conversion, such as HTML, DOC (a Microsoft Word file) and the graphic file formats JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP. The conversion can be successfully and easily completed by sending a file to your kindle email address.
3. Kindle supported audio formats
The kindle can play audio files. Music files in MP3 format are compatible with kindle. Apart from this, audio books from Audible with the AAX and AA extensions are also supported by kindle.
Kindle Unsupported format: epub
The EPUB formats are most commonly adopted by many popular devices, such as iPad, nook, sony, kobo and Google. However, it's a pity that kindle devices don't support this common file format. But don't get disappointed. For you can get your problems solved by reading the following part. You can convert epub to azw or mobi if you intend to read epub files on your kindle successfully.
For drm-free epub files, you can choose calibre to convert epub to mobi and then transfer the converted files to your kindle devices.
For drm-protected files, I recommend Ultimate converter to you because according to actual operation it can help you one-click to decrypt and convert books purchased from popular retailers such as nook, sony, kobo, google play, Amazon in batch.
Epubor wants you to be satisfied with our products. If, for any reason, the software you receive does not meet your expectations, you can claim a refund within 30 dayssince you place the order. So why not give it a try? You’ve got nothing to lose.

Best 4 Free Public Domain Book Websites

The legal term public domain refers to works whose exclusive intellectual property rights have expired. So anyone is free to use or reuse it. You may find public domain books that are not free in major ebookstores. My advice is that if you want to get an ebook version of a classic novel, you should check the sits listed below.
1      1. Project Gutenberg 
Project Gutenberg offers over 56,000 free eBooks: Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, especially older works for which copyright has expired. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.
Europeana Collections provides access to over 50 million digitised items – books, music, artworks and more – with sophisticated search and filter tools to help you find what you’re looking for. Their dedicated thematic collections on art, fashion, music, photography and World War I contains galleries, blogs and exhibitions to inform and inspire.
The Digital Public Library of America empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to a diverse and better-functioning society. It also connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA are free and immediately available in digital format.
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public. Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge.
The Internet Archive serves millions of people each day and is one of the top 300 web sites in the world. A single copy of the Internet Archive library collection occupies 30+ Petabytes of server space. 

If you want to load your e-reader or tablet with free ebooks, please collect this list.

If you like to purchased ebooks from mainstream ebook store, like Amazon/Kobo/Nook/
Google Play Book, etc, and you want to load all the different format ebooks to one e-ink reader, here’s one super powerful tool-Epubor Ultimate to solve your problem with only one click. Epubor Ultimate is an efficient eBook DRM Removal and eBook Format Converter.  In my opinion, this is a tool for every enthusiastic ebook lovers.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Where does the Android device store Audible audiobooks?

Listening to audiobooks with a smartphone on the go is the best way to keep you informed while resting your eyes. Audible website is probably your favorite choice to shop. Many Audible fans may wonder where the audible files stored on Android in the event they need to export the audiobooks from their Android smartphones.

You do need to hunt a little to find the path stores the Audible files on your Android device, but they’re there: /Android/data/

This article tells Android users how to remove Audible DRM from the audiobooks downloaded via Android devices.

Please read the articles Ultimate Way to Remove Audible DRM and Convert Audible adh to mp3 to learn and know how to remove DRM from Audible audiobooks downloaded from website and Kindle eInk devices.

How to purchase and download Audible audiobooks to an Android device?

Step 1.  Install Audible app for Android from Google Play Store or Amazon Appstore.
Alternatively, you can install the Audible for Android app using an apk file as follows:
  1.    Go to the Android home screen.
  2.   Go to Settings > Personnel > Security, then tap OK.
  3.   Download the apk file from the web browser on your Android device.
  4.   Swipe from the top of the screen to the bottom to reveal the Notifications window.
  5.   Tap on the notification for Audible-Market-Release.apk to install the Audible for Android app on your device.
Step 2. Purchase an audiobook in the Audible for Android app
  1.    Open the Audible app and sign in.
  2.    Open the My Library Screen.  
  3.   Tap the Shopping Cart Icon in the top right corner to open the Audible Store on your app.
  4.   Tap Magnify Glass Icon towards the top right of the screen to search for an audiobook. Or tap Browse under “Store” to find the audiobook you want to purchase.
  5.   Tap on the audiobook you’d like to buy, and then tap on Buy with 1 Credit or Buy for $X.XX to make the purchase.
Step 3. Download your audiobooks to your Android device
  1. Tap My Library in the top left corner
  2. Tap Cloud
  3. Select the audiobook you would like to download (A non-downloaded title will feature a small downward-facing arrow.) 
  4. Tap the Download Icon
  5. Tap Download.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Best 4 eBook News Sites to Keep You Well-informed

There are two groups of people who are interested in ebook news: users and professionals. Users are interested in product release, review, deals and tips. While professionals are more attracted by publishing business. 
However, finding a good ebook news sites will take up a lot of time. Luckily for you, I am going to share my precious ebook news sites with you. Hope you can find something useful for you.
1. The Digital Reader
The Digital Reader is a news blog covering publishing, indie authors, ebooks, and ereaders. The Digital Reader positions itself as the best news source for tablets and e-readers. Every day The Digital Reader shares digest posts with interesting articles from around the web, called “The Morning Coffee.”
2. Good E-reader
Good e-Reader is the leading provider of news, reviews and previews on e-readers, tablets, digital publishing, ebooks and more! The biggest benefit of Good E-reader is the fantastic review work. Not only you can read here up-to-date reviews of e-readers and tablets, you can also watch most of the review videos and tutorials on their YouTube channel.
3. Publishing Perspectives
Publishing Perspectives is an online business magazine that covers the trends, people, and companies shaping the global book industry. It is a leading source of information on global book publishing. The team of writers and contributors has a goal to bring and analyze up-to-date reports of global trends in publishing.
4. Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly is considered the bible of the book business. Its international coverage includes up-to-the-minute book, book selling and publishing industry news, book reviews, author interviews, deals & rights, ebooks, apps & digital publishing, self-publishing, seasonal announcements, bestsellers and much more.

If you dont want to miss any important ebook news, this above list is for you. You can connect to every site via:
1. RSS feed.
2. Email subscription sign-up form.
3. Social networks: Twitter, Facebook, etc. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Walmart Begins to Sell Kobo

To be against the Inc, Rakuten Inc., one of the largest online retailer in Japan, announces a new strategic alliance with Walmart that will expand the customer reach and enhance how customers are served in Japan and the United States.

These two companies said on Thursday they would set up a joint venture to sell groceries online in Japan and sell e-books and audiobooks online at in the United States later this year. What’s more, they will also sell Kobo eReader at the Walmart stores in the US. Actually, it is a very good news that the Kobo eReaders can be purchased in stores in the US. This is a very good step which enables the customers to know more about the Kobo eReaders before buying. Also, this action will also keep Amazon one their toes. I hope Amazon will take this action as the biggest threaten at the very beginning of 2018. If Amazon does not take this alliance seriously, it may lose some market share on the online retailer.

According to the report, Walmart will also sell digital book cards in stores, enabling more than 4,000 stores to carry a broader selection of books for customers.—It does not give many details in this part so we do not know what kind of book cards are they referring. Also, we do not know whether the Kobo gift cards will be available at WalMart or Sam’s club.  But one thing for sure is that digital cards you purchased at stores can be accessed online or in the app.

Are you interested in purchasing the Kobo eReader at Walmart store? You are welcome to share your opinions in the comments.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Waterproof e-ink Readers Collection

With the improvement of technology and people's rising demand on eReaders, the water resistance feature of e-ink Readers becomes more and more sought-after. Where there is demand, there is a market. With the introduction of Kindle Oasis 2 in October 2017, all major players in ebook business now offer waterproof e-ink readers. In this article, I'll collect all the existing waterproof eReaders as well as the forthcoming new eReaders with water resistance feature.

Kindle Oasis 2 – The second gen Oasis is Amazon’s first waterproof Kindle, and it’s also the first Kindle to have a 7-inch screen. It has an IPX8 rating, meaning it can withstand being submerged in up to 2 meters of water for up to 60 minutes. See my All-New Kindle Oasis 2 (2017) Review for more info about the device.

Waterfi Kindle Paperwhite – Waterfi has been selling Kindle Paperwhites for the past 5 years that they waterproof themselves aftermarket. They aren’t officially endorsed by Amazon, and Waterfi isn’t even aloud to call it a Kindle on the product page, but they come with a one-year warranty and have an IPX8 rating. The problem is they’re pretty expensive; you can get a nicer Kindle Oasis 2 for only $20 more.

Kobo Aura One – The 7.8-inch Kobo Aura One has HZO Protection with an IPX8 rating, making it waterproof for up to 60 minutes in up to 2 meters of water. The Limited Edition 32GB model is also waterproof.

Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2 – The second generation Kobo Aura H2O is the latest waterproof reader from Kobo. It has an IPX8 rating like the Aura One and it has a smaller 6.8-inch screen.

Kobo Aura H2O – The first gen Kobo Aura H2O was one of the first waterproof ereaders available. It’s IP67 certified so it’s not quite as waterproof as the other models, but it can withstand being submerged in up to 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. 

Nook Glowlight Plus – B&N’s previous Nook model was waterproof, with a IP67 rating. It’s still available new on Amazon and B&N sells them refurbished for $79, making it the cheapest waterproof ereader available to purchase by far.

Pocketbook Aqua 2 – Pocketbook’s ereaders aren’t widely available but the Pocketbook Aqua 2 is another option for a waterproof ebook reader. It has an IP57 rating so it’s not quite as waterproof as some other models but it can handle being dropped into 1 meter of water.

Tolino Vision 4 HD – Tolino is a brand that’s not sold in North America but they’re readily available in parts of Europe. The Tolino Vision 4 HD is a 6-inch model with Water Protection by HZO, making it waterproof for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.

Tolino Epos – The Tolino Epos is a 7.8-inch model. It has the same waterproofing as the Vision 4 HD, so it’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Must-Know Tips and Tricks for Kindle to Boost Your Reading Experience

With one portable and light Kindle device, you can puts a library in your pocket effortlessly. But to get the most out of your Kindle ereader, there are some quick tips and tricks you should be aware of. 
Make your Kindle’s battery last longer
Turning off Wi-Fi and the Whispernet connection will help, which you can do by tapping near the top of the screen, on the brightness button, and selecting Airplane Mode. Dimming the brightness on the same screen is going to eke out more battery life, too.
Read Articles from the web
You can not only limited to read books on Kindle. You can read article by install the Pocket or Instapaper extension to your computer. When you saved article using the extension, the article will get pushed to your synced devices, like your Kindle, so you can read it later (even when you're offline). After downloading the app, just go into Settings on the app and choose Kindle as your delivery option.
Customize the dictionary
Customize the dictionary by going to Settings > Device Options > Language and Dictionaries, which is especially helpful if you're reading books in other languages.
Highlight text
To highlight a particularly important or impactful passage in a book, just press down at the start of the sentence, drag to select the whole phrase, hold down, and then tap "Highlight." Highlight option will bookmark the text so that you can find it later.
Customize the reading interface
Kindle allows you to customize it if you are happy with the reading interface. Tap near the top of the screen, then on the Aa icon to see a variety of options for text formatting. With a few taps you can adjust the font type and size, the line spacing, the page margins, and the orientation of your Kindle. 
Get online
The Kindle has a web browser: from the home screen press Menu > Experimental > Launch Browser. It's slow and horrible compared to a desktop or tablet browser, but it's perfectly adequate for browsing news sites and Amazon site.
Email things to Kindle
Each Kindle has a unique email address. All you need to do is email the documents to your Send-to-Kindle email address. Ensure that the sender's email address has been added to your Approved Personal Document Email List and verify that your document is a supported file type before sending it to your Kindle.
Lend books to a friend
You have the right to lend one book from your Kindle content for 14 days.
Go to Select the title of the book you want to share and click on the ellipsis action button, then Loan this title. Then, choose who you want to share the book with. Only books that are eligible for sharing will have an action button.
Automatically Sync Books From Dropbox
BookDrop is a simple way to transfr books to your Kindle. Once a book is dropped into the BookDrop folder, it will be sent to your Kindle.
Listen to books
Open the book or document, press the Menu button and select Start Text-to-Speech. Your Kindle will read the text to you like an audiobook, but in a robotic voice.
Fix a Frozen Screen

Don't you find out your Kindle can do more than your think? If you know any other useful tips, please share with us