Would you like to read e-books from Amazon but you don’t own an e-reader? No problem. In the last few weeks I’ve received several queries from readers wondering how they can read my e-book Webinars: a Cookbook for Educators, without a Kindle e-reader. Here’s the bottom line:
- You don’t need to own an e-reader to read e-books from Amazon.
- Download the Kindle app for PC, Mac or tablets, and you can read any Amazon e-book on your computer.
- If you can’t (or don’t want to) buy e-books via Amazon, there are alternative sites such as Smashwords, where you can choose to buy an e-book in a variety of formats. Here’s the Smashwords link for my Webinars book.
You’ll find more resource e-books for English language teachers on The Round, with new titles being added regularly.
Another question I frequently get asked: Is it worth buying an e-reader?
That depends. I find that owning a convergence device like my iPad with e-reader apps means that I read more on the iPad. But you can’t beat an e-reader in the summer, when you’re reading in bright sunlight on the beach. And you so wouldn’t want to take an iPad to the beach. But if you already have a tablet where you can read e-books, I’m not sure it’s worth buying another gadget to have a separate e-reader. And now that there are much cheaper tablets on the market (such as the Kindle fire, or Google Nexus), the price difference between an e-reader and a tablet is not as big as it was a year or two back.
Bottom line? Well, let me ask you. If you own a tablet and an e-reader, do you find that you favour reading on one device over the other? If you already own a tablet, would you buy an e-reader? If you own neither, do you think it’s still worth buying a dedicated e-reader device, or would you go for a (cheaper) tablet instead?
How great that such a useful book exists! Thank you for writing it; Any chance to publish the book in paper form for us old fashioned ones?
Hi Ivana, thank you for your kind comments about the book! Actually the main reason why self-publishing is possible nowadays, is because the expense of producing a book in print form is no longer necessary. Producing a book in digital format is much easier!
However, you could buy and download the book in epub or html format, and then print it out yourself :-). The version of the book on Smashwords allows you to download it in a range of formats: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/164664
Does that help?