March 11th, 2014

Using PDF e-books with Tablets and Other Devices

All PFRE e-books are distributed in PDF form. This allows reading on any of your devices including Desktops, Laptops, Tablets and even SmartPhones (if you have good eyesight). There are several ways to access your PDF files from all of your devices:

Always Download the PDF to a Laptop or Desktop First

While you can download PDFs directly to tablets and smartphones,  I recommend you first download the PDF to your laptop or desktop computer first and then either email the PDF to you mobile device or put the PDF on your cloud service (Google Drive or DropBox etc) and access the PDF from the mobile device via the cloud service.

If you purchase Photography For Real Estate and The Business of Real Estate Photography together, the download file is a zip file so it’s easiest to do the unzip on your laptop or desktop.

Downloading Directly To iPads

  1. Touch the “……” link in the email that you get immediately after purchase. Note: use the default Apple email App to do this download. The Gmail App will NOT do the download.
  2. Doing 1 above will take you to the Safari App and open the download page. Touch the orange “Click here” link.
  3. Next you will be given a choice of either “Open in…” or “Open in “iBooks“. Choose Open in “iBooks”.
  4. The PDF file will then be downloaded and put on the PDF “shelf” of the iBooks App.


When you sign up for a free DropBox account you get 2 GB of network storage that you can access from any of your devices including Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, SmartPhone. So by simply putting an e-book PDF into your DropBox from your Laptop, you can then use the DropBox App on iPads or Android (including Kindle Fire and HD).

Google Drive

This approach works in a similar way to DropBox. Anyone with a Gmail account has 2 GB or so of free storage that can be used for Google Documents. Just put the PDF you want to share between your devices into your google documents space and then download the GoogleDrive App to your tablet or SmartPhone which will give you access to the Google Documents files on your mobile device. This also works on the Kindle Fire and HD.

E-mailing PDFs to Tablets

While the two methods above (DropBox & Google Drive) work nicer you can get PDFs to mobile devices via e-mail. Despite the fact that PDF e-books can be quite large (Lighting Interiors is just over 15 MB) you can still e-mail these large files. Modern day mail servers routine handle files of 20 MB or more. Here are some unique consideration about downloading PDFs to various tablets:

  • iPads: When opening an e-mail attachment on an iPad, just touch the attachment and you’ll be prompted to select which App to use to download the file. Choose iBooks App. iBooks will download PDFs and put them on a different “shelf” than regular iBooks.
  • Kindle Fire & Kindle HD: Works much the same as the iPad. Touch the e-mail attachment to download, then after the download is complete touch the attachment again and you’ll be ask to select which App to send the PDF to. All Kindles have the Kindle App which works fine or you can download the free Adobe Reader App from the App store.
  • Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite: To e-mail a PDF file to the smaller Kindles you have to know the unique Send-to-kindle e-mail address that is assigned to each Kindle at registration. To find out what the Send-to-kindle address follow the instructions here.
  • Android: Specifically the Google Nexus 7: Some have found that the default PDF reader that comes installed on the Nexus 7 will not open Lighting Interiors whereas a third party reader called “PDF Reader” by Ivan Ivenko, free download in the Play Store, works fine.

Note About Reading PDFs on the Kindle Paperwhite

I’ve tried reading PDFs on the Kindle Paperwhite and I can’t say that I recommend it because the Paperwhite flashes the screen as it turns each page. I’m not sure why, but I could not find a way to turn this feature off. It is very annoying!

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