Unless you want to use the Readmill app for mobile devices, you need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed. If you do not have it installed please go to http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/ and install this free ebook reader. [If you have troubles installing this software check here.] IMPORTANT: Also sign up for a free Adobe ID! It is necessary to transfer protected ebooks to other computers or mobile devices. After you have Adobe Digital Editions installed download your ebook from your Lybrary.com account. The authorization should take place automatically and you should be able to read your ebook in Adobe Digital Editions. Adobe Digital Editions can display PDF and EPUB ebooks.
We recommend you get an Adobe ID and authorize your Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) to this Adobe ID. Using the same Adobe ID on different computers and mobile devices will allow you to read your ebooks on multiple devices. If for some reason you need to change the authorization of your Adobe Digital Editions then do the following: Launch ADE, and then press Ctrl+Shift+D (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+D (Mac). After deauthorizing, you will be forced to reactivate/authorize when you next run ADE.
(On Windows computers the ebook files are typically saved in My Documents/My Digital Editions folder.)
When you start to download a DRM-PDF a small file with the extension .acsm is first downloaded. This is used by Adobe Digital Editions to send the activation ID to the delivery server which will use that ID to generate an encrypted PDF eBook, which is then downloaded to your PC. If your computer is asking you where to save the .acsm file then your Adobe Digital Editions may not be installed correctly or may not yet be authorized. Often you can solve this issue by simply setting your computer to always use Adobe Digital Editions to open this type of file (in Windows XP, for instance, right click on the file and choose Open With, select Adobe Digital Editions and tick the box to tell Windows to remember the setting).
Alternatively you can drag and drop the .acsm file into Adobe Digital Editions which will start the download and authorization process.
Login to your Lybrary.com account. Under the heading "Downloads & Orders Overview" click on the "view" button on the far right to view your order. When you view your order the underlined ebook titles are your download links. You can also find all your ebooks and download links in alphabetical order in the digital-shelf.
If clicking on the download link does not seem to work (screen stays blank or black for a very long time) you can also right-click on the download link and then select 'save as', 'save target as' or 'save link as'. [For Mac users: You can also try to ALT-mouse-click which should automatically save the file to your hard disc, or CTRL-mouse-click which will open a context menu where you can select "Download Linked File As...".]
If you use Firefox and you do 'right-click save-target-as' the suggested filename will be 'download.php'. Change this to a filename with extension .pdf if you download a PDF, or .zip if you download zip file etc. (Unfortunately Firefox does not query the server for the filename but guesses it based on the webpage name, which of course can be entirely different.)
After you have downloaded the zip file you need to extract or unzip this file to an empty folder. After it is extracted you can view the HTML ebook with most web-browsers such as Firefox (which is the one we recommend), Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera or any other standard complient browser. Some customers are confused about the 'extraction' step because the Windows operating system allows one to explore a zip file without extracting it. To the user it looks like it is extracted because one can see all the files. However, in this state the HTML ebooks are not viewable. You need to explicitely extract the zip file. A second source of problems is that sometimes unzip software dumps all files from all subdirectories of the zip file into one flat folder destroying the internal hierarchical file structure. This also breaks the HTML ebooks. Make sure that the extraction process preserves subdirectories. For example, you should always see a subfolder '_data' after extraction besides the ebook HTML file.
There is one other issue that can cause problems. Make sure your pathname (the directory names you store your ebooks in) do not have any space-character in their name. Spaces in a directory name can cause problems.
This is a bug in Internet Explorer. There is no Active-X contents in the HTML ebook. However, there is a way to prevent this warning from showing up. The solution is to go to Tools->Internet Options->Advanced and then scroll down until the security options show up. The 2nd option (Allow active
content to run in files on My Computer) should be turned on.
Some of our PDFs need AcrobatReader to display correctly on a Mac. The Mac built in PDF viewer can have problems with the larger PDFs. I don't know what upsets the native Mac PDF viewer. This happens for example for Orson Welles: The Man Who Was Magic.
We support PDF and HTML formats. Most of our ebooks are PDF and we are slowly converting HTML ebooks to PDF ones. PDF ebooks are typically displayed with AcrobatReader, a free PDF reader provided by Adobe, or a number of other PDF viewers. We recommend the latest Adobe Digital Editions viewer because it also works very well with protected PDFs like the DRM-PDF ebooks.
PDF: This is an unprotected unencrypted PDF. We prefer this format because it gives you the largest amount of flexibility. You can print these ebooks and you can back them up as often as you wish. Please do not abuse this freedom to make copies for your friends or worse, sell these copies.
DRM-PDF: DRM stands for 'Digital Rights Management'. These are PDF ebooks which are protected by DRM and there are restrictions. First, you need a viewer that supports DRM. We recommend Adobe Digital Editions because it is the newest ebook viewer from Adobe. Older AcrobatReader versions 8 and 7 do work, too, but we do not recommend them. Second, you need to read the DRM restrictions for each particular ebook carefully. You can find it at the bottom of each ebook description. Some ebooks do not allow printing. Some restrict printing to a certain number of pages. The same goes for copying which is typically not allowed but can be enabled for a certain number of copies. Also the read-aloud feature can be disabled. So make sure the DRM restrictions are fine with you before you purchase.
PDF_facsimile: This is an unprotected unencrypted PDF, like the PDF format above, but it was created differently. A PDF_facsimile ebook is a scan (image) of each page of the original book plus searchable text invisible behind these page images. The ebook preserves the look of the original book (typically an old out of print book) but still allows you to perform a full text search. We use this format primarily for old books to preserve some of their charm. The resulting files can get quite large.
HTML: This is an unprotected and unencrypted ebook which is viewed with your web browser. See FAQ 2 and 3 in case you run into problems viewing these ebooks.
HTML+facsimile: This is the same as the HTML version with the addition that every page is also available as scan (image) allowing you to see how the book looked in its original form. You can easily switch the view from facsimile to normal converted view.
JPEG: This is an image format. Very few of our products are purely a collection of JPEGs.
MP3: This is an audio format you can play back on your computer, your iPod or any other MP3 player.
WMV: This is a Windows video format and is typically only useful for PCs. Of course you could convert it to other video formats to view it on different hardware.
These ebook formats can sometimes come in bundles as in HTML & PDF. This means that you will get both a HTML version and a PDF version of the same ebook. The ebook format is followed by either 'by download' or 'on disc', the former indicating that you download these ebooks and the latter that you will receive a disc with the ebook on it.
You can also access our discs from Linux. The only thing you have to be careful is how you mount the CD:
mount -t iso9660 -o check=relaxed -o ro DEVICE MOUNTPOINT
The -t iso9660 specifies the type of filesystem (many of our CDs are in iso9660), -o check=relaxed says to convert a filename to lowercase before looking it up, -o ro is for read only access, DEVICE and MOUNTPOINT are, respectively, your device and mount point.
Once you are logged into your Lybrary account with your iPhone you can install any app you have bought. You will see the number of apps bought in the brackets next to "App". Below you see an example of a customer with one iPhone app. Click on "App" and you will get a list of your apps. In this case here the customer has one app named "Dracula Ebook Test".
Click on "Dracula Ebook Test" to install it. You will see the title screen of the app (after some loading time) shown on the left below. Here we need you to press the "+" as shown by the arrow. For iOS 4.2 and later the plus-icon has been replaced with this . When you press this you will be given three options. We would like you to select the "Add to Home Screen" option as shown below in the center. The next screen will ask you to name the app. There is typically some preset but you can give it any name you like. Then press the "ADD" button as indicated below in the right screen shot.
We accept most credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover), Paypal, checks, money-orders, and even cash. However if you decide to send cash (please only send USD) we are not responsible for a lost envelope or package. We have over the years received a few cash payments and everything went fine, but it is a significant risk to send cash and you the customer will have to bear that risk. If you send a check or money-order there will be a delay in the processing of your order. We have to wait until the funds clear and then we can process your order. This can take up to 10 business days.
Besides downloading your video and DVD purchases to your computer you can also view them in a streaming version using your iPad or iPhone. You do this by logging into your 'mobile digital shelf'. Browse with Safari web browser from your iPad or iPhone to http://www.lybrary.com/login_mobile.php, or if you want your login (your email address) already pre-populated then use http://www.lybrary.com/login_mobile.php?login=your_email_address. (I suggest you add this website to your home screen, or bookmark it so that you can find it quickly.) Use the same login credentials as you use for your Lybrary.com account.
Once logged in you will see four categories: Audio, Video, Ebook, App. Your purchases at Lybrary.com are grouped into these four groups. If you wanted to view one of the download DVDs you have purchased you would click on the Video category. This will show you an alphabetical list of all your video purchases. You then select the title you want to view and it will start playing. If it is a title that consists of several clips you will get to a list of clips where you can choose the one you want to view. Click on it and it will start playing on your iPad or iPhone.
The first step is to send us your ebook so that we can decide if we want to offer your ebook. (You will find an email address on our contact us page.) This might sound a bit pretentious but we are not Amazon.com who lists just any garbage they receive in their slush pile of millions of ebooks. We accept ebooks in any subject category but are primarily interested in magic (sleight-of-hand, illusions, mentalism, ...), gambling (poker, blackjack, roulette, ...) and games (chess, bridge, ...).
Should we like your ebook we will get back to you with an offer that depends on the level of exclusivity you are willing to extend to us. If you are willing to sell your ebook exclusively through Lybrary.com then we can pay a higher royalty. If you want a non-exclusive retail agreement then royalties will be lower.
Royalties are paid via Paypal whenever you want without any minimums or other limitations. You can transfer outstanding royalties whenever you like with a simple press of a button. (Please keep in mind that Paypal fees apply.)
Additionally, as a royalty receiving author, you can purchase anything at Lybrary.com at a 10% discount with your earned royalties. During checkout you will see a new 'pay with royalties' payment option. For many of our authors this is a very welcome benefit.
Yes, we do. Details can be found in your Lybrary.com account under 'Affiliate Earnings', which is the last link under the 'My Account' subheading in your Lybrary customer account. Briefly, every customer is by default enabled to be an affiliate. No separate registration beside a customer account registration is necessary. Affiliate earnings can either be cashed out via Paypal or can be used to purchase anything at Lybrary.com at a 10% discount.
If there are any unresolved questions or any comments you want to share, please contact us.