Device Advice

The PDF of any Take Control ebook can be read in any PDF-reading app, including the free Preview app that comes with the Mac and the free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for Mac or Windows. The Take Control series is also available in the EPUB and Mobipocket formats. These formats are sometimes preferable on mobile readers such as the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Kindle, and Nook. The table just below may fully answer your question, or you can continue reading below for extended details.

Quick Summary

To Do This with an EbookOn a Mobile DeviceOn a Mac or Windows Computer

Download from receipt webpage

After your successful purchase, click the link(s) on the receipt page to download to your web browser. Once the download is done, in iOS, keep tapping to move the ebook to an app. (You can also download directly to the Kindle Fire.)

After your successful purchase, click the link(s) on the receipt page to download to your browser’s default download folder.

Download after closing the receipt webpage

In iOS, log in to your Take Control Books account, click the Downloads link to see your library, and tap a download link in your library.

For other devices, look below in this table.

Use the download link in your email receipt.

Or, log in to your Take Control Books account, click the Downloads link to see your library, and click a download link in your library.

Transfer from Mac or Windows to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch

Use iTunes to transfer between the iTunes Books library and the iBooks app.

Or, copy into an app using lower portion of Apps pane in iTunes.

Or, use a cloud service such as Dropbox or iCloud Drive.

Transfer from Mac or Windows to a Kindle

Use Amazon’s Send to Kindle for Mac or Send to Kindle for PC. Or, for the Kindle Fire, read How to Download EPUB, PDF, and Mobipocket to the Kindle Fire.

Transferring a Take Control Book to iOS

If you didn’t download an ebook to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch device directly from the cart, you have several options for transferring the ebook to your device.

Ad Hoc Reading in a Web Browser

From your iOS device, visit the Take Control website and log in to your account (the login fields are at the top of the site). If you are not on your Take Control Library page, tap the Downloads link on the right side of the page. From your library page, tap the book’s PDF link.

All ebooks you’ve purchased through the Take Control cart are available to you here. You can also (usually) add Take Control ebooks that you’ve purchased elsewhere, perhaps through Amazon, Apple, or another third-party reseller. Or, maybe you won an ebook in a MUG raffle. To add a book, first make sure you are already logged in, then open your ebook, and tap the Ebook Extras (or Check for Updates) button on the cover. If your ebook is in a non-PDF format, look in the Read Me First for help. (If all else fails, ask us for help!)

Adding a Book to an App’s Storage Area

To put a book into an app on an iOS device, use Safari to log in and access the book as described just above, except that you can download any format—tap the icon for the format that you want:

  • PDF: Notice that the PDF opens in Safari. To put it in Books, tap the Share icon. Then, swipe the top row of icons in the Share sheet to the left until you see Copy to Books and tap that.
  • EPUB: The EPUB doesn’t open in Safari. To add it to iBooks, tap Open in “Books.” To add it to some other app, tap More.
  • Mobipocket: The EPUB doesn’t open in Safari. To add it to the Kindle app (assuming it’s installed), tap Open in “Kindle.” To add it to some other app, tap More.

PDF vs. EPUB/Mobipocket

We choose the fonts, spacing, and other visual aspects of the PDF to provide an excellent onscreen reading experience, and we think it looks nice on the iPhone and iPod touch and gorgeous on the iPad. The PDF, like all PDFs, has a page-based layout in which a page break operates as a visual element. In contrast, the EPUB and Mobipocket versions are “reflowable,” meaning that you can customize the type and the text will reflow to fill your screen accordingly. Tables, captions, sidebars, and other complex visual elements may reflow oddly, and we have no control over that.

Reading a Take Control Ebook on a Kindle

Kindle Fire

To learn about ebook readers and transferring files to a Kindle Fire, read How to Download EPUB, PDF, and Mobipocket to the Kindle Fire.

Kindle 2 and Kindle DX

The Kindle 2 and DX support the PDF format, so you can move PDFs from your Mac to the Kindle via USB and read them without doing a conversion. The Take Control PDFs use a fairly large type size, so they squish down to the Kindle DX’s screen size in a wonderfully legible way. Regrettably, in the PDFs, bookmarks do not appear on the Kindle DX and internal links and web links do not work.

You can also use Amazon’s Send to Kindle for Mac (PDFs only, at the moment), or Send to Kindle for PC.

Read Reading Take Control Ebooks on an iPad (or iPhone or iPod touch) to learn how to get Mobipocket versions of your Take Control ebooks and load them on your Kindle.

Take Control in the Kindle Store

Through our partnership with O’Reilly Media, most of our ebooks are available in Amazon’s Kindle Store. However, if you are a regular Take Control customer, and if you want your Take Control ebooks integrated with your Take Control account, we suggest that you purchase them through us so that your ebook can be registered to you efficiently.