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Ebook Instructions

A Book Apart ebooks are available in three formats: EPUB, PDF, and MOBI.

The EPUB format is the industry standard and is supported by most touch devices (like Apple and Android devices) and apps.

The MOBI format is supported by Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle apps.

The PDF can be read using Adobe Acrobat or Preview (Mac OS), as well as many other devices and programs.

Some books include a video EPUB version. The video EPUB is supported only by Apple devices; it is identical to the standard EPUB, with the exception of one thing: where appropriate, static screenshots have been replaced by video demonstrations.

Learn how to read our ebooks using several common setups, as follows. For advice about installing an ebook on other readers, please consult with that device’s or app’s documentation.

Ways You Can Read Our ebooks

After completing your order, you’ll receive two emails from us: an order confirmation email and an email that includes your ebook downloads. Open the downloads email and click on the “Download” button. You’ll get access to an order page with all the ebook files for the books your ordered.


Drag the EPUB file (with or without video) into iTunes and sync your device. Alternatively, you can locate the EPUB file in Dropbox on your device and export it into the iBooks app. If you are reading on a Mac, use the iBooks desktop app to open and read the EPUB file.


Connect your Kindle to your computer and drag and drop the MOBI file onto your device. Attach the MOBI file to an email and send it to your Kindle's email address (find your Kindle’s address). Alternatively, locate the MOBI file in Dropbox on your device, choose the export option and open the file with the Kindle app. If you are reading on a computer, use the Kindle desktop app to open and read the MOBI file.

Google Play Books

Upload your ebook to your books in Google Play, then open the the Google Play Books app on your device to start reading. Alternatively, locate the ebook file in Dropbox on your device, choose the export option and open the file with the Google Play Books app.

Saving to Dropbox

After completing your order, click on the “Save all to Dropbox” button from your order page. Alternatively, upload your ebooks to your Dropbox account and locate them on your device, choose the export option and open the file with your preferred reading app.

Saving to iCloud

If you are using iCloud Sync, ebooks you add to iBooks on your device will be synced to all your devices through iBooks. Be sure to have iBooks selected under the iCloud sync options on your devices.

Having trouble getting ebooks to work? Email us at and we’ll help.

The goal of every title in our catalog is to shed clear light on a tricky subject, and do it fast, so you can get back to work. Thank you for supporting our mission to provide professionals with the tools they need to move the web forward. Let us know what you think about our books.