The new e-reading converts are surprised at times to know that regardless of the fact that you can read eBooks on computers, you can find ways to print a page to use for future reference. In the past, making a copy was as simple as putting your paper back down on a copier and getting as many copies as desired. However, today, things are very tricky, and eBook printing is a bit hard.
However, just because it is hard doesn’t mean that it cannot be done. Before carrying on, it is important to know that different book publishers use policies. It is of utmost importance that you review all those policies well and then move forward well aware of the risk at hand. The distribution of any copyrighted material and that too without any authorization is not legal in many countries. Before you start copying eBook content and distributing it, it is of utmost importance to ensure that you have the right actually to do it. You may also be an author of an eBook needing it in print form. This is how you can go about it.
The Universal Method
If the eReader you are using offers desktop or web readers such as Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, and Amazon, this is an ideal choice for you. All you have to do is head to the eReader site and then launch the web reader or the desktop reader software. Some sites offer both the options at the same time. Let’s take the example of Nook web reader.
You then have to open your eBook and find the page that you want to be printed. Follow this with resizing your browser to an aspect ratio of 8.5”x11” paper size. You can make an estimate with your eyes.
You can then take a screenshot of that eBook page:
- If you are using Windows 7
- Launch the snipping tool
- Then drag the cursor to make a page outline and save the screenshot.
- If you are using Mac, hit Ctrl+CMD+4 and then drag the cursor so as to outline the page. The screenshot gets saved on the desktop.
You then need to click on the saved image and go to the File>Print. Within the print dialogue, check for any settings that can stretch images and fit it to the page. You can make alterations to ink settings so as to be able to print it in black. Don’t use grayscale or any color. You then print it. Repeat this process for any other page that you want.
If you use an iPad as the e-reader, the process gets even easier.
You need to open the eReader app, then open the book and navigate to the page that you need to print. You then have to adjust the layout so as to have a white background and black text on it. This is a process that varies from one app to the next, but most often it is at the front adjustment menu.
You can take different screenshots by holding the home button and then clicking on the sleep button. You can repeat this process for all the other pages that you need to print.
You then need to open your camera roll and hit the action button, which is the arrow the top right. You then need to tap so as to make a selection of all screen shots and when it is done, choose share which is at the upper left corner. You then select email and send these screenshots to your email address.
Go to a computer which has got access to a printer and opened your email, make a download of the photos and after this go to the image files. You then choose File> Print. Within the print dialogue, make sure you uncheck any settings that may stretch the picture to fit the page. Change ink settings to ensure you only print in black, not in grayscale or color. You can now print your pages.
Printing in Pinch
It is important to note that this is your last resort when you want an eBook page copy. It is also only applicable to the persons who have their very own e-ink reader such as the Nook simple touch. This is not a method that is highly recommended, especially if you can use the other options discussed above.
The first thing is to find a machine for copying. Take your eReader and then navigate to the page which you want to print. You also have to adjust font size at your pleasure. You can then place the e-reader on the copier face down and close the copier lid and copy. The process is complete.
It takes lots of thinking so as to get those eBook designs to look perfect from one cover to the next. In the digital space, everyone wants their books to look just perfect. You also have to consider how those pages may look once they are put in print. Digital books have become mainstream, but the printed publications are also still very much in use. It is crucial to consider all aspects of your eBook including how exactly it may look like were it to be printed on paper.
There are lots of distinct benefits which associate with making sure that your eBook can be able to translate correctly in its print form. You need to know that regardless of the form that the eBook is in, it will look great. This shouldn’t be based on how the reader is viewing the copy on an eReader or on a hard copy which has been printed using a home printer or a copy version as created by your very own publisher.
Always settle for a versatile design that can function in whichever form.