LeVar Burton, long time host of Reading Rainbow, taught a generation of children that a book could transport you to strange new places, back in the past or far into the future – or give you unique perspective on a historical figure. LeVar also played a key character, Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, who would often review technical manuals on a then futuristic-looking hand held computer pad.
Who would of imagined that the two worlds would collide some 20 years later into the eReader and eBook revolution we have today? You can download many popular eBooks at your local public library and buy nearly any text or newsletter in eBook format.
The best experience for an eBook is going to be viewing it on a tablet or eReader. Most eReaders and tablets will view PDF and TXT files. You can buy the eReader made by the eBook distributor you’re buying from (Amazon Kindle for Kindle Books for example) or you can download the App for the eBook distributor on Apple App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices.
What do you do though when you want to get a copy printed? The answer comes down to what kind of eBook/newsletter you have.
Amazon Kindle/Barnes & Noble Nook/Apple iBooks/ePub Secure eBooks:
These eBooks cannot be printed, and can only be viewed in a compatible program/device.
Adobe PDF Files:
You can print PDFs on most home printers and at many copy shops. Most copy shops will charge between 10 and 20 cents per page to print and can usually bind the book for you for an additional fee.
These files are the most universal, and can be printed pretty much anywhere you want including copy shops, at home and even some public libraries.
If you want to print a copy at a local print shop, remember to bring in the file on a USB flash drive. It’s also a good idea to have a copyright release form, just in case. Most print shops will not print a copyrighted publication or book without a release form. You can request a release form from the newsletter/eBook supplier, and they will usually provide it… if they allow printing of the eBook.
If you print a copy at home, remember to use the duplex function on your printer (if you have one) to save paper. If you’re not concerned about the quality of the print, you can set the printer options to draft in printing preferences to conserve ink.