7 Useful Tips for an e-Reader Newbie

Published on April 7th, 2013 by | Category: Computer

Now that an e-Reader has been added to your household inventory and you feel really accomplished to have made a right choice, you can’t risk losing it due to any mistake of yours. And you can’t deny the fact that if enough care is not in place, you may easily lose all what you have spent over it. Learning from the bad experiences, well they are all around us, would really help. Instead of repeating the same mistakes and wasting your time googling “what should I do now?”, “what’s the solution to this problem?” this and that, which is not going to work, let’s copy these tips down somewhere and put them in effect before we have our own bad experience to share.

Tip#1: Invest some bucks on a screen protector, that’s really worth it

Compare the costs to be paid: 20$ screen protector vs. what you would have to spend buying a new e-Reader if your carelessness takes its toll.

With the screen protector over it, if your device falls accidentally, worse that’s going to happen is that you would need to replace the old casing with a new one.

Tip#2: Use “Calibre”, it’s free

Calibre has all what you need for management of your e-books. Among some features that I know of that make this program a must-for-every-e-book-reader are: it can keep the lists of your to-be-purchased, to-be-read e-books; it can arrange your e-books by author, title, series, publisher and your personal rankings; it can help you keep track of the purchases you have made saving you the time and money you may spend otherwise in buying the book again.

Tip#3: Make the most of freebies

Freebies don’t cost you anything then why thinking twice before giving a try to something different. While downloading a freebie, don’t think whether it’s going to match your interest or not, just download it! Give it a try! If it works for you, fine! If not, you can always delete it.

Tip#4: Try sample before buying any book

Samples are free. Some publishers will have no problem sharing whole chapter of the book as a sample giving the reader a chance to check himself whether this is the kind of book he is going to like or not. This is not a freebie! If you don’t want to end up with something you are going to regret later, you would need to think twice before making the purchase; download samples, read them and then make your choice.

Tip#5: Get an extra charger

An extra USB charger’s not going to cost you more than $5. There would be nothing worse than your access being blocked to your e-book library just because your e-Reader has run out of charge and the only charger you had is left at home.

Tip#6: Know the difference between the copyrighted and non-copyrighted

Most of the books that enter the public domain are either those whose copyright has expired or those government documents that are not copyrightable. The copyrighted material cannot go online without the permission of the author.

Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/) is one of those voluntarily digitizing the material whose copyright has expired making it easier for the public to access them. No fee or registration is required to download e-books from Gutenberg’s to your e-Reader.

Tip#7: Backup your e-books

It may happen that you buy an e-book and end up deleting it accidentally just to know that it cannot be re-downloaded. Hurry up! Make back-up of all your e-books before it’s too late.

Make back-ups and make it your habit to update them every few days. Dropbox, Sugarsink, Mozy and many other such online backup services will let you store as much as 2 GB of data as a free user (that’s more than enough for an e-book reader) and will allow you access them from wherever you are.

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