How to Use the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as an eBook Reader

By Dan Gookin

The words, formatting, figures, pictures of an eBook is stored digitally so that you can read it on an eBook reader. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 doesn’t come with any eBook reader apps, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying eBooks on your phablet.

Two eBook reader apps many people can recommend are Google’s own Play Books app and the Amazon Kindle app. Both are available at the Google Play Store.

After you obtain an eBook reader app, your next stop is an electronic bookstore to pick up some reading material.

For the Play Books app, eBooks are obtained at the Google Play Store. You use the same Play Store app to buy books as you do to obtain apps. The process works the same.

For the Amazon Kindle app, eBooks are obtained from Amazon’s Kindle store. It helps if you already have an Amazon account, in which case you log in to that account to obtain your electronic texts.

Both eBook reader apps organize eBooks into a digital library for the Play Books app. The library lists any titles you’ve obtained for your Google Books account. Or when you’re returning to the Play Books app after a break, you see the current page of the eBook you were last reading. You can choose either mode from the sidebar.

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Touch a book in the digital library to open it. If you’ve opened the book previously, you’re returned to the page you last read. Otherwise, the first page you see is the book’s first page.

To begin reading, touch a book to open it.

This is an example of the basic book-reading operation in the Play Books app. You turn pages by swiping left or right, but probably mostly left. You can also turn pages by touching the far left or right side of the screen.

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The Play Books app also works in the vertical orientation, which you may find easier for reading, although you won’t see all the icons.

  • The advantage of an eBook reader is that you can carry an entire library of books with you without developing back problems.

  • If you don’t see a book in the library, press the Menu button and choose the Refresh command.

  • To ensure that your reading material is always available in the Play Books app, touch the Action Overflow icon on a book’s cover and choose the Keep On Device command. That way, the phone doesn’t need an Internet connection to synchronize and download books to the library.

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  • To remove a book from the Play Books library, touch the Action Overflow icon on the book’s cover and choose the Delete from Library command.

  • If the onscreen controls disappear, touch the screen to see them again.

  • eBooks do not have indexes. Some might, but because text size and phone orientation affect pagination, a traditional index doesn’t make sense. Rather than rely on an index, use the eBook app’s Search command to locate items of interest.

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  • The Aa icon is used to adjust the display. Touching this button displays a menu of options for adjusting the text on the screen and the brightness.

  • To return to the library, touch the Play Books app icon in the upper left corner of the screen or press the Back button.

  • Synchronization allows you to keep copies of your Google Books on all your Android devices as well as on the Google website.

  • Lots of eBooks are free, such as quite a few of the classics, including some that aren’t boring. Current and popular titles cost money, though the cost is often less than the book’s real-world equivalent.

  • Not every title is available as an eBook.

  • Yes, you need an Amazon account to purchase eBooks (or even to download freebies) for the Kindle eBook reader app. You may want to visit Amazon to set up an account, if you don’t already have one.

  • To ensure that you get your entire Kindle library on your Galaxy Note, turn on the Wi-Fi connection, press the Menu button, and choose the Archived Items command.