I’ve been having fun with my early Christmas present – an iPhone4 – and have finally figured out a way to access my collection of ebooks that doesn’t involve the computer equivalent of brain surgery. No importing-exporting .xml library crazy talk. None of that. Zip. Zilch. Zero.
Oh, and it’s free. Because I’m cheap – er, thrifty – like that.
- Do the Dropbox thing – it’s pretty straightforward. Get it active on your computer and download the Dropbox App to your iPhone.
- Download Calibre and during installation set the library location (the file where you save them on your computer) to be within Dropbox. [I’ve heard the public folder works best?] If you already have Calibre up and running on your computer, you can change the library location so it is within Dropbox.
- Convert your ebooks to .epub files. (If they’re .pdf’s, you can skip this step if you choose to buy the GoodReader app – try the reflow option, it makes reading pdf’s a bit more book-like.)
- Install the Stanza app on your iPhone. It’s free, and works way better than iBooks in my opinion – faster and more stable.
- Pour a coffee – you’re done. 🙂 To read your books, simply open the Dropbox app on your iPhone. Tap through to your library, tap on the book you want and download it. A little box-with-a-curvy-arrow icon appears in the bottom right corner of your screen; tap that and you’ll be given the option to export your file to Stanza. (Or GoodReader.) Do so.