Ebook Viewers & Readers

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Top 4 FREE Viewers & Readers for Mobile Phones, Tablets, & Computers 

  • Viewers and readers allow two main things: (1) reading ebooks on something other than an e-reader; (2) the cloud storage of your ebooks to work on and sync with other devices.
  1. Amazon free Kindle Reader for tablets, computers, and smartphones: Kindle Reading Apps.
  2. Barnes&Noble free Nook Reader App for tablets, computers, and smartphones: Nook Reading Apps.
  3. Kobo free Reading App for tablets, computers, and smartphones: Kobo Reading Apps.
  4. Adobe free ADE Reading App for tablets, computers, and smartphones: Adobe Digital Editions.

FREE Website for Internet Reading Using a Browser

  • Amazon’s free Cloud Reader for Safari, Firefox, or Chrome browsers is amazing and makes computers finally good for reading: Amazon Cloud Reader.

More Information on Free Readers for Mobile Phones, Tablets, & Computers 

  • Amazon advertises “Buy Once, Read Anywhere,” because they offer free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry, Mac, PC, and web browsers. Books can be read across devices because they are stored and synced in the Amazon cloud.
  • Android Reading Apps can now be used on the latest Chromebooks.
  • Apple’s iBooks program lets you read iTunes purchased books on your Mac.
  • iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (iOS devices) share a different program for reading iTunes books.
  • Kobo advertises “Read anytime, anywhere, on any device,” because they offer a full range of free reading apps.
  • Nook advertises “B&N Readouts™,” a phone app that promotes brief reading (book excerpts and magazine articles).
  • Viewers, readers, or reading apps often have some superior features compared to dedicated e-readers.

ePUB or MOBI (Kindle) FORMAT?

  • The epub format is a common standard supported by many manufacturers.
  • However, an epub for one device may not work on a competitor’s device, for example, Apple versus Nook.
  • The mobi format, Kindle, is used only by Amazon, but Amazon supports it on many devices with apps.
  • The mobi format can be read on almost any device by downloading a free Kindle reader from Amazon.
  • Paradoxically, the mobi format is the most transportable and convenient format even though it is also the most exclusive format.
  • Can’t decide between epub or mobi? Buy a Kobo that supports both formats.
  • Starting June 28, 2021, Amazon will start to publish epub books. 

Amazon stores your mobi files in the cloud for free, and you can read them on almost any of your devices (e-readers, tablets, smartphones, computers) by downloading a free Kindle reader. You do not need to own a Kindle-specific device to buy or read Kindle ebooks. Kobo offers similar services, and some of its devices read both epub and mobi formats. Barnes&Noble offers enhanced social networking features.


eBOOK FORMAT CONVERSION

1. You can convert ebook formats with Calibre.

  • For example, you can convert ePub books to the Kindle format and vice versa. But this only works if the book is not copy-protected (DRM is the copy protection standard).
  • Calibre’s interface and use of technical terms are not always user-friendly, but it is supported by donation so pay what you want to for it.
  • Calibre is constantly being improved and updated.

2. You can also convert formats for your ebooks using Online-convert.com.

  • Online-convert.com requires no software downloading and does a good job at many formats. Again, this only works with ebooks that are not copy-protected.

Formats Supported by Device or Reader

  • Adobe Digital Editions Supports: EPUB, TXT, PDF
  • Kindle Supports: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion ([your kindle username]@kindle.com) [Starting June 28, 2021, Amazon will start to publish EPUB books.]
  • iPad Supports: EPUB, Kindle with a free app, Nook with a free app, Kobo with a free app, PDF (sync books to iPad by first dropping into iTunes on your computer)
  • iPhone Supports: EPUB, Kindle with a free app, Nook with a free app, Kobo with a free app, PDF
  • Nook Supports: EPUB, PDF, Adobe DRM ePub, and PDF
  • Kobo e-readers Support: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR
  • Web Browsers Support: HTML, TXT

Technical Information on Formats

  • This link is for technical information about the epub format standard. EPUB 3
  • This link is for technical information about the mobi format standard. Mobi and AZW

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E-Readers Are Convenient & Practical


Top 5 E-Readers By Price (Dedicated Readers) Read Anywhere, Anytime

No Notifications = No Distractions from Reading

  • Read without distractions or computer notices (just like a paperback).
  • Some models will read books to you (built-in audible).
  • Most have glare-free screens.
  1. Kindle $89.99 6″ screen, 167 ppi, built-in front light (4 LEDs), built-in audible, Bluetooth.
  2. Kindle Paperwhite $129.99 6″ screen, 300 ppi, built-in front light (5 LEDs), waterproof, built-in audible, Bluetooth.
  3. Nook GlowLight+ $129.99 6″ screen, 300 ppi, lights, waterproof.
  4. Kobo Aura H2O $159.99 6.8″ screen, lights, dustproof, waterproof.
  5. Kindle Oasis $249.99 7″ screen, 300 ppi, built-in front light (12 LEDs), waterproof, built-in audible, Bluetooth.

2 Inexpensive Tablets for Reading

  • IPS (in-plane switching) LCD monitors produce vividly clear text.
  1. Nook Tablet 7″ IPS $49.99 (16 GB) Optimized for reading according to Barnes&Noble.
  2. Fire Tablet 7″ IPS $49.99 (8GB) Includes Amazon’s Alexa (voice assistant).

2 Tablets with Enhanced Reading

  • Try turning off all computer notices for uninterrupted reading.

1. Amazon Fire HD 10.1″ HD $149.99 (32 GB) with Alexa hands-free.

  • Read comfortably at night with Blue Shade, an exclusive Fire OS feature that automatically adjusts and optimizes the backlight for a more comfortable nighttime reading experience.
  • Easier highlighting, note-taking, and other factors might have you preferring this to Kindle Paperwhite.

2. Nook Tablet 10.1″ IPS $129.99 (32 GB) Optimized for reading according to Barnes&Noble.


Top 3 E-Reader Makers: General Links to All Models

  • Read without distractions or computer notices (just like a paperback).
  • Check for the latest models and refreshed current models.
  1. Kindle Link by Amazon
  2. Nook Link by Barnes&Noble
  3. Kobo Link by Rakuten Kobo

Immersive Reading

Immersive reading allows you to read a Kindle book while at the same time, you are listening to that book being read to you.

Three ways you can do that:

  • Kindle App for iOS.
  • Kindle App for Android.
  • Fire Tablets 2nd Gen and above.

More Information on Free Readers for Mobile Phones, Tablets, & Computers 

  • Amazon advertises “Buy Once, Read Anywhere,” because they offer free Kindle reading apps for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry, Mac, PC, and web browsers. Books can be read across devices because they are stored and synced in the Amazon cloud.
  • Android Reading Apps can now be used on the latest Chromebooks.
  • Apple’s iBooks program lets you read iTunes purchased books on your Mac.
  • iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (iOS devices) share a different program for reading iTunes books.
  • Kobo advertises “Read anytime, anywhere, on any device,” because they offer a full range of free reading apps.
  • Nook advertises “B&N Readouts™,” a phone app that promotes brief reading (book excerpts and magazine articles).
  • Viewers, readers, or reading apps often have some superior features compared to dedicated e-readers.

ePUB or MOBI (Kindle) FORMAT?

  • The epub format is a common standard supported by many manufacturers.
  • However, an epub for one device may not work on a competitor’s device, for example, Apple versus Nook.
  • The mobi format, Kindle, is used only by Amazon, but Amazon supports it on many devices with apps.
  • The mobi format can be read on almost any device by downloading a free Kindle reader from Amazon.
  • Paradoxically, the mobi format is the most transportable and convenient format even though it is also the most exclusive format.
  • Can’t decide between epub or mobi? Buy a Kobo that supports both formats.
  • Starting June 28, 2021, Amazon will start to publish epub books.

Amazon stores your mobi files in the cloud for free, and you can read them on almost any of your devices (e-readers, tablets, smartphones, computers) by downloading a free Kindle reader. You do not need to own a Kindle-specific device to buy or read Kindle ebooks. Kobo offers similar services, and some of its devices read both epub and mobi formats. Barnes&Noble offers enhanced social networking features.


eBOOK FORMAT CONVERSION

1. You can convert ebook formats with Calibre.

  • For example, you can convert ePub books to the Kindle format and vice versa. But this only works if the book is not copy-protected (DRM is the copy protection standard).
  • Calibre’s interface and use of technical terms are not always user-friendly, but it is supported by donation so pay what you want to for it.
  • Calibre is constantly being improved and updated.

2. You can also convert formats for your ebooks using Online-convert.com.

  • Online-convert.com requires no software downloading and does a good job at many formats. Again, this only works with ebooks that are not copy-protected.

Formats Supported by Device or Reader

  • Adobe Digital Editions Supports: EPUB, TXT, PDF
  • Kindle Supports: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion ([your kindle username]@kindle.com) [Starting June 28, 2021, Amazon will start to publish EPUB books.]
  • iPad Supports: EPUB, Kindle with a free app, Nook with a free app, Kobo with a free app, PDF (sync books to iPad by first dropping into iTunes on your computer)
  • iPhone Supports: EPUB, Kindle with a free app, Nook with a free app, Kobo with a free app, PDF
  • Nook Supports: EPUB, PDF, Adobe DRM ePub, and PDF
  • Kobo e-readers Support: EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR
  • Web Browsers Support: HTML, TXT

 


Technical Information on Formats

  • This link is for technical information about the epub format standard. EPUB 3
  • This link is for technical information about the mobi format standard. Mobi and AZW

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7 Steps to Take to Sanity


Which of Your Books Should I Read?

Pick Books for Each of the 7 Steps

  • Books recommended for your step-by-step progress to reawaken: Top 7 Steps.
  • You can move around the steps and work on any one; however, progress does depend upon doing all the steps.

Step 1: Emotional Responsibility

The first step on the path to sanity is to practice emotional responsibility. All recommended books are available worldwide on Amazon in both print and electronic versions.

  1. To begin your understanding of emotional responsibility, read Secret of Maturity, Fourth Edition.
  2. To advance your understanding of emotional responsibility, read Garden.
  3. If you want to focus on your attitude and emotional responsibility, then read Attitude Is All You Need! Second Edition.
  4. If you are stuck in drama games as a lifestyle or if your family is stuck in a cycle of dealing with social services or the criminal justice system,
    then read Garbage Rules.
  5. Professionals who want to advance their counseling skills regarding emotional responsibility should read both Garden and Not.
  6. Anyone who wants the highest level of emotional skill and maturity should read Stiffer: Stoic Mind.
  7. Like to understand your mind fully? Read Feeling-Intention Therapy.

Step 2: Coping & Problem-Solving

Coping and problem-solving skills are needed at every stage on the path of returning to sanity. We are not born with these skills, and few of us have been formally taught them. Therefore it is logical and practical to pursue a complete understanding of coping and problem-solving. All recommended books are available worldwide on Amazon in both print and electronic formats.

  1. Stress for Success, Second Edition will help you to learn how to make stress work for you instead of against you.
  2. Breathe will give you easy and simple exercises to instantly calm and center yourself in any situation.
  3. Garden will teach you advanced coping skills that you can practice until they become habits.
  4. Mind-Moving (M-M): Healing’s Unifying Principle has a new approach to the practice introduced in Breathe.
  5. Problem Solved! 3Rswill help you master problem-solving skills using a tried and true system.
  6. World Within: The Inner Life will teach you about your inner life and how to make it work and keep it working positively and productively.
  7. Notaddresses the underlying problem of why coping and problem-solving fail.

Step 3: Reduce Control by Ego

The third step on the path to sanity is to recognize the ego as the problem in all things. You want to reduce ego until you eliminate it. All recommended books are available worldwide on Amazon in both print and electronic editions.

1. To begin to understand how ego is your problem, read Ego. This book requires you to be aware of your self-talk (inner dialogue).

2. To become more aware of your self-talk, first read Garden.

3. To support and reinforce the work you learn to practice in Ego, read both What’s Your Story? and Journal Journey from Ego.

4. To gain more insight into the false beliefs and thinking errors of self-esteem and ego, read Planet Earth: Insane Asylum for the Universe, Second Edition.

5. To understand the ego in social relationships, read Games Ego Plays.

6. To develop greater insight into ego and skills in spotting ego, read Ego Playground.

7. To understand and experience ego in a new light, read Nobody Speaks.


Step 4: Rediscover Authentic Self

The fourth step is to strengthen your understanding of your original nature. All recommended books are available worldwide on Amazon in both print and electronic versions.

  1. Learn how you are not your self-talk by reading Ego.
  2. Strengthen your understanding of your original nature by reading Self: Who Am I?
  3. Strengthen your understanding of your identity by reading World Within: The Inner Life.
  4. Learn about how the nature of your self fits into the story of life by reading The Story of Life.
  5. Learn about the path of surrender by reading Spiritual Surrender’s Seven Steps.
  6. Discover a friendly and easy way to rediscover your authentic self by reading Nobody Speaks.

Step 5: Upgrade Thinking Skills

Thinking skills are needed at every stage of life. We are not born with these skills, and few of us have been formally taught them. Therefore it is logical and practical to pursue a complete understanding of thinking skills. All recommended books are available worldwide on Amazon in both print and electronic formats.

  1. Attitude Is All You Need! Second Edition will help you to develop thinking skills in relation to your attitudes.
  2. Discovery Demands 5TP will help you build your perspective-taking skills, which will empower you to be able to see more sides to any issue or problem.
  3. Garden will teach you thinking skills from a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT & REBT) perspective.
  4. Not addresses a specific and pervasive thinking problem (no-ting). This problem is what blocks most progress and success.
  5. Planet Earth: Insane Asylum for the Universe, Second Edition will help you to recognize self-defeating belief systems.
  6. We’re All Insane! Second Edition will help you to understand and apply General Semantics principles to the development of your thinking skills.
  7. World Within: The Inner Life will teach you about dialectics, duality, triality, the 5 Thinking Positions (5TP), and advanced thinking skills.
  8. Problem Solved! 3Rs will teach you about problem-solving using the 3Rs of Recognize, Remove, and Replace.
  9. Stiffer: Stoic Mind will teach you the nature of thinking and emotions and how to make them both work for you.

Step 6: More Responsibility & Less Ego

These books support and reinforce your learnings about emotions, ego, and self in various ways. All of these ways will help you to stay on the path of increasing your emotional responsibility and lessening your time spent on ego. All recommended books are available worldwide on Amazon in both print and electronic versions.

  1. Planet Earth: Insane Asylum for the Universe, Second Edition will help you to face and surrender self-esteem, faulty belief systems, thinking errors, and games.
  2. We’re All Insane! Second Edition will help you to understand and apply General Semantics principles to your practice of recognizing, removing, and replacing your ego.
  3. World Within: The Inner Life will help you to understand what is going inside your head and how best to approach it.
  4. Other titles are collections of ideas and sayings that will help you to understand all of the principles of these steps from various perspectives and through different expressions. These include Acid Test, Anything Goes, Something For Nothing, and books in the series 3D: Daily Dose of Discernment.

Step 7: Improve World & Communication

These books will improve your communication skills and help you to understand and deal with social systems. All recommended books are available worldwide on Amazon.

  1. Planet Earth: Insane Asylum for the Universe, Second Edition will help you to face and surrender socially accepted insanity.
  2. How To Govern Anything is for those who want to discover and practice a saner system of governing any size organization or country.
  3. Carl Rogers, Control Freak is for professional counselors interested in applying Carl Rogers’ primary technique.
  4. Games Ego Plays will provide you with the advantage of knowing the social games people are playing and wanting to play.
  5. Share, Encourage, & Support: Please help others to recognize and walk the path of emotional responsibility and ego reduction by recommending our books and practices. Thank you.