Want to use an alternative to amazon to buy your books? Today, how to buy books on #Smashwords
Today I'm posting the first in a set of how to collations that tell you how to use other places to buy your books. How to buy books on #Smashwords
You can download files from Smashwords to read on
your personal computer
Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Kindle, Kindle Fire,
Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo
Smashwords has so many free books that are new releases or in genres you might not find on Amazon. There are also books from many small publishers, well known publishers and indies who enjoy the distribution process Smashwords offers.
As they say on the website,
"Smashwords offers book lovers an opportunity to discover thousands of independently published ebooks. We offer affordably priced ebooks for immediate sampling, purchase and download. Most Smashwords books are readable on any e-reading device. One purchase and you gain access to multiple formats."
The first thing to do is register for a free account
When you register for a free account, a private, permanent online library is created for you where you can conveniently access your purchased books in any of the many available ebook formats. An account also allows you to leave reviews and save money with Smashwords coupons (issued by the author/publisher).
Two online readers allow you to sample books, and you can download book samples in various ebook formats.
To buy a book: At the top right of every book page is a shopping cart logo. Simply click on it to purchase the book and then enter your credit card information and follow the simple instructions.
How to download books to Kindle or Kindle Fire
You'll find links to all your purchased books in your Smashwords Library. There are two options for loading Smashwords ebook content to your Kindle or Kindle Fire:
1. USB Connection. Plug your Kindle into the USB slot (small rectangular slot) of your computer using the cable that came with your Kindle (the Kindle Fire doesn't come standard with the USB cable, so you'll need to obtain the cable separately, or, use the email option described in #2 below). When you attach your Kindle to your computer via the USB cable, it makes your Kindle appear as a hard drive on your computer. After you purchase the book, from the book's book page click to download the "Kindle" .MOBI format. Next, navigate to where you see the Kindle show up as a hard drive on your computer. Next, just drop the book's file (it should end in file name of .mobi) to the Kindle's "documents" folder. Then disconnect the Kindle from your computer and the book will be ready to read. If you already downloaded the .MOBI file to your computer.
2. Email the Ebook to Your Kindle Email Address: For both first generation Kindles and the newest Kindle Fire, you can email your Smashwords .mobi files to your Kindle email address. Amazon's support page provides complete details. To email files to first generation Kindles (Kindles other than the Kindle Fire), click here: http://goo.gl/ec8ZPG