Using EPUB Files

Bob Swanson offers some of his books in electronic formats. This web page describes how to view the EPUB files published by him. The EPUB format is an international standard. It is described on the Wikipedia EPUB Discussion. This reading format is used by nearly all electronic readers EXCEPT Amazon Kindle (MOBI). It is the typical format read by the NOOK device. Examples of such book offerings include:

Bluejacket Mail, A Postal History of the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in the First World War

Domestic U. S. Military Facilities of the First World War, 2nd Edition

If you order such a book in the EPUB format, you will receive a file containing the book, or a link from which you can download the book contents. Store this file on your computer or phone/tablet.

At this point, you should have one or more ".epub" files on your computer, phone, or tablet.

Copy EPUB File to NOOK Device

Instructions for moving EPUB files from your computer to the NOOK are located at article on the transfer of EPUB files from computer to NOOK. The instructions are similar to those for the Kindle, in that you connect your device to your computer with the USB cable that came with the device.

Copy EPUB File to Computer, Tablet, or Phone with Reader Software

There are a large number of EPUB reader software packages for computers, phones, and tablets.

Copy EPUB File to Android Phone with Reader Software

On the Android phone, you start an EPUB reader program, and either "open" the EPUB file, or "add to bookshelf". Note that you can read EPUB files using several Apps on Android phones and tablets, including : "Moon+ Reader", "FBReader", "Cool Reader", "Aldiko", "Mantano Free Reader", and others.

Copy EPUB File to Windows Computer

This article about various EPUB readers for Windows contains useful information. In particular, Adobe Digital Editions software for Windows handles these EPUB files quite well. When you execute the Digital Editions software, you simply use the "add to bookshelf" option to insert your EPUB file into the reader.

Another EPUB viewer available on Windows and other systems is embedded in a free document creator called Calibre. This document convert/creator comes installed with viewers for all popular electronic publication types, including a Kindle and EPUB viewer.

Copy EPUB File to Other Computer Systems

We have already mentioned Calibre. This free document convert/creator comes installed with viewers for all popular electronic publication types, including a Kindle and EPUB viewer.

We are not as familiar with the Apple iPhones and iPads as we are with Windows and Android. Check this article on using MOBI and EPUB files on the iPhone and Ipad for more information.

There are several EPUB readers available on linux systems, including FBReader. This program is also available in versions for Windows and MACOS. As noted above, you can also use Calibre on non-Windows devices.

EPUB File Issues

Our experience with EPUB format is generally good. Most of the readers can handle interactive content (where you click on a link and move to a different part of the document). For us, however, the chief drawback seems to be illustrations. While the Kindle does a pretty good job of handling images, the images in an EPUB reader seem to be fixed in size, and you cannot zoom into an illustration. While Bob Swanson offers his books in this format, he does not recommend it, if you are interested in viewing the images from his books in great detail.


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Updated February 15, 2016