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Transferring MPC Ebooks to your Mobile Device

All ebook tutorials from MPC-Samples.com can be read on all computers and laptops as well as most mobile devices such as tablets (e.g. iPad, Hudl, Andriod etc), a smartphone (e.g. iPhone, Galaxy, Moto G etc) or a dedicated ebook reader (e.g Kindle, Nook, Kobo).

Reading an ebook on your computer is usually just a case of double clicking the supplied PDF file; the book should then launch in your default PDF application (Preview on a Mac, Adobe Reader on a PC) – if you don’t have a PDF reader installed, just head over to Adobe and download Acrobat reader for free.

Reading your ebook on a mobile device requires a couple of extra steps as we’ll see now.

Mobile Devices and Zip Files

All ebooks on MPC-Samples.com come supplied with all the files you need to recreate all the tutorials in the book (often hundreds of files), and they also often come supplied with many different format of ebook file includes (PDF, EPUB, MOBI). Rather than download these hundreds of files individually, they are compressed into a single zip file package for easy and efficient download.

Unfortunately mobile devices cannot directly open zip (a limitation set in the operating system of these devices), so you’ll first have to download and extract the zip file on your computer first - read more about how to download and extract zip files.

Understanding the Different Ebook File Formats

Once all the files are extracted to a folder on your computer, it’s time to transfer, or ‘sync’ the book to your mobile device. Many of our newer books come supplied with EPUB and MOBI versions which are optimised for mobile devices, allowing you to easily change font style and font size, but in all cases you’ll definitely have a PDF file.

MOBI format is made specifically for Amazon Kindle devices (and Kindle apps on smartphones), while EPUB format is a more universal ebook format and is suitable for pretty much all other ebook readers and tablets, including devices running iBooks (iPad, iPhone, as well as Macs running Mavericks or newer), dedicated ereaders such as Nook and Kobo, and all ebook apps for Android and Windows devices (e.g. Goodreader).

Syncing To Your Device

Once you have located the most appropriate book file for your device, you will need to sync it from your computer to your device. The method you choose will depending on your device and you should check with the device’s manual for more details. However here’s some of the most common methods:

  • Direct USB transfer – if supported by your device, simply connect your device via USB and the device will appear as a removable drive on your computer. Drag and drop your book file over to your device. This is most often used with dedicated ereaders such as Kindle, Kobo, Nook. It also works for all Android devices, but Mac users will need to first install the Android File Transfer app on your computer (this is not required for Windows transfers to Android devices).
  • iTunes or iBooks Sync – if you have an iOS device, you can drag and drop your book to iTunes (or the iBooks app on newer Macs) and the next time you perform a sync with your iPad or iPhone, the book will become appear in the iBooks app on your device.
  • App specific transfer – some ereader apps for smartphones have their own unique set of transfer protocols, e.g. via wifi or third party services such as Dropbox.
  • Email – you can email your book file to yourself and open it via your smartphone or tablet’s email app – upon clicking it you should be asked which app your wish to open it in. Amazon also allows you to email books (in any format) to your dedicated Kindle device email (go to 'Manage Your Content and Devices > Your Devices' in your Amazon account to grab the email address for your device) –now just attach the file to an email and send it to that address. Upon receipt, Amazon will add it to your Amazon Kindle account at which point it can be synced to your device

Transferring Your MPC Tutorial Files

All our books come with all the files you need to recreate all the tutorials directly in your MPC, but these files shouldn’t be transferred to your mobile device (most of them will not work as they are MPC specific files). These files need to be transferred to your MPC itself – for more info, check out our MPC File Transfer article.

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