How-to: Buy and Read an Ebook from Booku

 

Welcome to the new location for the Smell of Books. From now on you’ll find the blog over here at Booku. To celebrate the launch of the site at the new location, I’ll be giving away $100 credit in Booku Bucks. Read on to find out how.

 

What You’ll Need

To buy a book from Booku (pronounced, if you’re curious, as BOOK-OO, not BOOK-YOU) you’ll first need a couple of things.

  • Download the Overdrive Media Console app from the App Store on your iThing (skip if you use a Sony or other e-reader)
  • Sign up for Adobe ID by clicking here
  • Sign up for a Booku account here
  • Enter your Adobe ID in the Overdrive Media Console app by hitting ‘Get Books+’ then ‘Settings’ then ‘Authorize with Adobe ID’

 

Buying an Ebook

Once you’re all set up, buying a book from Booku is easy. For the purposes of this guide I’m going to buy a copy of The Finkler Question the winner of last year’s Man Booker Prize.

Many bestsellers are available on the front page of the site, but if you’re looking for a specific title, use the search function to put in the title, author or keyword.

Once you’ve found the book, hit the green ‘Buy Now’ button and follow the prompts to buy the book using a credit card or PayPal. You can do this via your computer or your iThing. To download the book to your iThing, however, you have to log in to your Booku Shelf, by going to: http://www.booku.com/member/myProfile.cfm

Once there you can hit ‘Download’ and your book will open up in the Overdrive Media Console app ready for reading.

To load your book onto your Sony or other e-reader, check your manual to see how to load Adobe DRM ebooks. It’s usually pretty straightforward, but each reader is different. If you want some help with this, leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to walk you through it.

 

This is a two-part post. To read part two, please click here.

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Joel Naoum

Joel Naoum is a Sydney-based book editor, publisher, blogger and writer. He is passionate about the possibilities of social media and digital publishing opens up for authors, publishers, booksellers and the whole book industry.

18 thoughts on “How-to: Buy and Read an Ebook from Booku”

  1. Thanks the your post, will definitely try Booku out. FYI, link to part 2 above is broken – 404 error.

  2. Thanks the your post, will definitely try Booku out. FYI, link to part 2 above is broken – 404 error.

    1. Unfortunately no. Amazon have locked up their Kindle very tight, and it supports only Amazon’s proprietary DRM (that’s copy protection). The only way you can load a Booku ebook onto a Kindle is to strip the DRM and convert the ebook file to AZW – not terribly difficult, but not for the faint-hearted either!

    1. Unfortunately no. Amazon have locked up their Kindle very tight, and it supports only Amazon’s proprietary DRM (that’s copy protection). The only way you can load a Booku ebook onto a Kindle is to strip the DRM and convert the ebook file to AZW – not terribly difficult, but not for the faint-hearted either!

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