BookFunnel for Readers

The freebies you get here are downloaded through the BookFunnel App. BookFunnel allows you to select a preferred format: Epub, Mobi, or PDF by choosing your reading device. The app is made for Android, Apple, and Kindle.

Download the Bookfunnel App

If you are using a mobile device, you can go to the BookFunnel site and pick up the links to the app stores there. You can also search the Apple App Store or Google Play for the app, but Amazon does not offer it. However, you can install it to Kindle devices from the BookFunnel site.

My Freebie links take you directly to the BookFunnel site which gives you options to install the app, get a book code, download the file to your PC, or email the file to yourself.

Note: Before you install BookFunnel App to Kindle Fire, go into the settings of your Kindle Fire, click on Security & Privacy, and TURN ON Apps from Unknown Sources. This allows you to install apps that are not Amazon’s property. Amazon makes it sound scary with the word “Unknown” because they want you to use only their proprietary or approved apps.

On our menu, click on “FREEBIES FOR YOU” and choose your freebie. (You can come back and get the second one too.)

You’ll be taken to the book’s landing page on the BookFunnel site. You’ll have a choice to begin reading the book on your browser or to “Get My Book.”

Click on “Get My Book.” If you already have BookFunnel installed on a device, just grab the Book Code from the entry at the bottom of the box. This code is specific to each book and enables you to download it easily on your app.

If you need to install BookFunnel, then look at the options:

“What do you read on?” You get a list of choices. With each choice you also get the option to email the book to yourself. Each choice has its own process. Just follow the instructions for your device.

BookFunnel gives you a choice of Kindle readers as well as a Mobi file. If you choose the Mobi file, it will download to your computer or mobile device to be saved.

You have options to install for Android, Kobo, and Nook as well. Once your Bookfunnel App is installed, you never have to do it again. Most authors now use BookFunnel to gift and to distribute books from their own independent online stores. It’s an app you’ll use again and again.

If downloading the app is something you don’t want to do, then choose the Mobi, EPUB, or PDF File. You can still store it and sideload it into your device.

Take Charge of Your eBooks- Kobo

The process for freeing book files from vendors depends on the vendor. Calibre removes DRM from Kobo and Barnes & Noble books as well. The only books Calibre cannot free are iBooks from Apple.

To free a Kobo book, Calibre uses the Obok_Plugin which downloads together with the DeDRM tools.

Install the plugin exactly as you installed DeDRM. You open Calibre, go to Prefences, Plugins, Install Plugins from File. Select the Obok_Plugin (Calibre unzips it for you).

There is no Kobo library to use as there is with Kindle for PC. However, you will see that one is not needed.

Go into the Kobo store and click on “My Books.” As you look at your Kobo library at the store, you’ll see under each cover, three dots.  They turn red when you hover over them. Click on those and select the “Download” tab. The book will download to your computer’s Downloads directory.

The file on your Downloads directory will look like this.

Now, open Calibre. Click on “Add Books.”

Select “Add Books from a Single Folder.”

Navigate to your Downloads directory and select the book file. Calibre will pull it in immediately. It will have its DRM removed and already be in Epub format.

Kobo books are probably the easiest to liberate as all you need is to buy the book and download it to your computer. This means that even if you do not own a Kobo device, you can buy books from them.

Take Charge of Your eBooks- Part 1

My personal eBook library contains a little over fifteen hundred books. This library is totally under my control. It holds books I’ve bought from various sources over the years, mostly from Kindle. It is available to me wherever I am. It can be loaded into any device or reading app which supports EPUB format. Most reading devices and reading apps support EPUB. In fact, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks use EPUB format.

For your collection of books to be truly yours, it must reside in a location of your choice. It must be usable by any reading app you choose, in the device of your choice. It must be accessible anywhere you go and anytime. No seller has access to it or the right to remove it from you. You bought your books, not rented them.

Before you can do anything to a book file, you must transfer a copy of it to your computer. I work on a PC running Windows 10. Most of my books are Kindle, but I do have books from other sellers and sources.

Kindle books are easily transferred to your computer. Kobo also makes it easy to transfer books. Barnes & Noble has made it very difficult by removing their Nook desktop app. I no longer buy their books because of this. Apple also makes it difficult to transfer your books out of their domain.

In order to liberate your books, you must address the removal of DRM from them. DRM are coded locks the seller uses to limit your control of the book. DRM removal is not illegal. In some cases, such as removing DRM from library loans, it is unethical and morally wrong.

Each book seller uses different DRM methods. There are many articles online which address DRM removal tools, and I advise you to do a little research on the topic. There are apps which claim to remove different types of DRM. Most of them you have to buy and seldom do they work on every seller.

I use Calibre with DRM Removal plugins. Both the app and the plugins are free, open source. I use Calibre version 6.1.0 Created by Kovid Goyal. There are newer versions, but this one has worked perfectly for me. Install the Calibre app as you install any other download. Be careful to choose the 64 bit for a 64 bit system.

Calibre is free and safe to use. It is capable of creating an incredible library with myriad management tools. You’ll love it! Calibre, with the right plugins, will remove the DRM from most books. It works especially well with Kindle books as well as Kobo and Nook. It will not work with iBooks.

Calibre Download Site

DRM Removal Tools

EPubor is also a popular DRM removal tool for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Adobe Digital Editions. It has a limited free edition, but you must buy the paid version for full capability. Again, it does not remove Apple DRM. At the time of this writing, their Ultimate Edition was on sale for $24.99 (reg $59.99)

Epubor Download

In my opinion, the most difficult DRM to remove is Apple DRM. There are few options for Apple DRM. You can buy a DRM removal tool specific to Apple books. Since I have never used it, I cannot vouch for it, but you can visit the website and read the reviews. It’s for Mac’s only and costs $30. If your library has many iBooks, it may be money well spent.

ViWizzard iBook DRM Removal Tool

To liberate your eBook collection, you must transfer a copy of your books out of the seller’s control and then remove the DRM restriction. Not all books have DRM. I do not choose to add DRM to the novels I’ve published. All traditionally published books are sold with DRM restrictions. Publishers insist on it.

Once your books are free of DRM, they are truly yours. You can change their format, open them in other apps, move them to other directories, etc. In this post I tell you what needs doing. In my next post, I will tell you how to do it!

Next post: Downloading your Kindle books to your computer.