How do I get the file on my mobile device?

My downloadable books are supplied as a PDF file. This generally doesn't cause Macintosh or Windows users any issues: just click on the Save File option instead of Open with option when your browser displays your download options.

But when you buy my downloadable books from the browser on your tablet or phone and then click on an email with the download link that you receive, on most mobile devices you're typically going to see the PDF pop up in your browser or reader app with no save options immediately apparent. While the file will show up and be readable, this is only temporary and will disappear when you navigate elsewhere, forcing you to download the book again. Not only will you run out of downloads doing this, but you'll be upping your data usage on your device and encountering delays each time you want to read it. Neither of those are good things.

Generally you want to download the file to your computer, store it somewhere safe should you need it again, and then install a copy on your mobile device as follows:

iPad Users

The simplest way:

  1. Complete purchase in your browser on iPad.
  2. Tap on the download link you receive.
  3. PDF (eventually) opens in Safari on iPad.
  4. On the URL bar, there should be a Share icon (box with up arrow). Tap it.
  5. Look for Copy to Books and tap it. If it's not visible (and you may have to scroll the icon list to see it), tap on More to find it.
  6. The book PDF is saved in the iBooks library on the iPad and thereafter will open in iBooks.
  7. The book PDF file is synced back to the computer next time you connect to iTunes or the latest macOS.

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 viewers 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. 

Tip: Try reading the book with a landscape (horizontal) layout rather than vertical on your Kindle. For some reason Amazon correctly sees the margins in this format and removes most of them, allowing for a better reading experience.

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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