Accessing and Using Electronic Document Formats

Bob Swanson offers a number of his books in electronic formats. Using these formats allows these products to be offered at low cost to the general public, as well as allowing readers of the books to have a copy that is fully portable on modern electronic reading devices.

However, it can be a major challenge for the average computer, phone, and tablet user to access and then view these electronic documents. This web page attempts to help you navigate this complex subject.

Each format will be discussed individually. Hopefully you will be able to follow the narrative and view the electronic documents easily.

First, the declared format and/or the file extension of a document file is VERY IMPORTANT. You need to know what type of file you want to view, as well as what equipment you have for viewing. On most computer systems, the last 3-4 letters of the filename (after a period character) indicate the file type. I will try to describe your actions for each file type, including:

ZIP Archive Files (books as "website-in-a-box" sets)

PDF: (Adobe Portable Document Format) Files

AZW3 or MOBI: Amazon Kindle (tm) Book Files

EPUB: Standard Ebook Format Files

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Updated May 24, 2020