Printing my ebooks

Most ebook devices have some way to forward/save an ebook for future printing, even though the device may not actually mention printing.

The simplest way to print out any of my ebooks is to purchase the PDF version directly from me. To view a list of my ebooks available from in PDF format click here.

It’s important to remember that ebooks MUST be formatted differently than print books, because you want the text of ebooks to flow continuously without page breaks. The reason is because different ebook reading devices display a different number of words on each screen, so you can’t predict where the page will end. Ereading devices also allow readers to change the font size or style, or the change the line spacing, and this can further exacerbate the occurence of blank pages.

Although none of my ebooks contain DRM, some retailers add DRM at their site or some Amazon authors may institute DRM on their works. DRM will likely prevent conversion of an ebook for printing purposes.

Below are printing instructions from several digital device manufacturers.


Printing from iBooks requires an iPad, Phone, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later and iBooks 1.2 or later with a supported AirPrint printer. iOS 4.2 and iBooks 1.2 are not compatible with original iPhone or iPod touch (1st generation).

1) Download the free Apple iBooks Author program from the Mac App store.

2) Follow these directions from Apple support:

iBooks Author: Print a book

You can print your book in a variety of ways to meet different needs. You can print part of a book or an entire book, with or without glossary terms or a book cover.

Print all or part of your book

  1. With the book open, choose File > Print.

    If the printing options described below aren’t visible, click Show Details next to the PDF pop-up menu to reveal them.

  2. To print one page or a range of pages, enter the page number or range in the From and To fields.

  3. To specify printing options, choose iBooks Author from the Pages pop-up menu.

  4. Select printing options:

    • Print your book: Click Entire Book.

      To print the book’s cover or glossary terms with your book, select the Print Cover and Print Glossary Terms checkboxes.

    • Print a specific page range of your book: Click Current Selection.

  5. Click Print.

Last Modified: Oct 23, 2013


Amazon really doesn’t want readers to print out their ebooks, DRM is implemented in many Kindle ebooks, but after much complaining from Kindle owners there are now explanations on how to print out Kindle ebooks. Below are 2 articles on how to print out a Kindle file
“How to convert a Kindle file to PDF” instructions at this link;
and this Cnet article.

Below are other methods you can use to print out an ebook, depending upon your particular digital device and its capabilities.

1) USB Connection

Plug your device into the USB slot (small rectangular slot) of your computer using the cable that came with your device, or purchase a USB cable if you don’t have one. Your device will appear on your desktop, probably as a hard drive. Double clicking on the new device should open its contents so you can find where your ebooks are located.

Once you’ve located your ebook, click on it to highlight it, then place your mouse over the highlighted item and right-click to open a menu which will allow you to Copy it. Go to your Documents folder and create a new folder titled Downloaded ebooks, or something like that. Open that folder, place your mouse icon in it and Paste your ebook.

If your device doesn’t have a USB cable or someway to connect to your desktop then you can try to ….

2) Email the Ebook

Some ebook devices have email capabilities. The following is for Kindle devices.

For both first generation Kindles and the newest Kindle Fire, you can email your Smashwords .mobi files to your Kindle email address.  Amazon’s support page provides complete details.   To email files to first generation Kindles (Kindles other than the Kindle Fire), click here:  For Kindle Fire only,  Click here for how to set up your free Kindle email address, and how to load ebooks or email ebooks to your Kindle Fire using either the email or USB cable method.

Next, Convert your ebook.

You probably have an ePub file or a mobi file on your computer, which needs to be converted to PDF for proper printing. Download the free conversion program Calibre and use it to convert your ebook(s) to PDF or other formats. Once work is converted to PDF you can print it out.

I wrote an article on an earlier version of Calibre, but the concepts are the same. You may read my article here.

For printing any of my ebooks I strongly recommend the PDF format, which is free of any Digital Rights Management system when I upload them to Smashwords or Gumroad.

The simplest way to print out any of my ebooks is to purchase the PDF version from Smashwords or Gumroad. To view a list of my PDF ebooks available from Smashwords or Gumroad click here.