FAQ: Reading Aardwolf's Digital eBooks
Since we published COMIC BOOK BABYLON as a digital eBook in 2014, Aardwolf has been seeing some of the benefits of releasing our titles in various digital formats: No shipping cost; Immediate fulfillment; Worldwide reach, etc.
For the most part, entering the digital book market has been a painless exercise.
However, while physical books only require the reader to (a) hold a book, and (b) to read it, digital books require all sorts of not-so-common knowledge:
- Can I read the book on my computer?
- Can I transfer my book from my email to my computer or tablet?
- Why can I read the book on my computer, but not on my iPad?
- How do I zoom in to see the details of artwork?
Aardwolf releases our books in the two most popular digital eBook formats:
- ePUB: An international digital book standard used by most eReaders (with exception of Amazon's Kindle products) and popularized specifically by Apple with their iOS products. Some Amazon readers will also read eBooks in this format.
(See the ePUB Wikipedia article here)
- MOBI: The format used by many Amazon eReaders
For Aardwolf customers who bought the FUTURIANS RETURN, both the EPUB and MOBI versions are available.
Hopefully, the items below will help you to overcome any issues you might have with your eBook from Aardwolf.
We want you to be happy with our books -- digital or not.
We'll expand this page as we get answers to any additional questions. Please use the contact page if you'd like to offer any solutions or workarounds that you found helpful in your reading of Aardwolf's digital books.
Downloading your eBook
By following the link in the email sent to you by Aardwolf, you should be able to easily download the MOBI or EPUB file to your computer. After that, you can read the eBook on your computer (when you have the correct software), or you can transfer it to your tablet via email or via USB or other connection between your computer and eReader tablet (such as an iPad, Nook, Kindle, etc.).
Reading your eBook on a computer
Once you download your eBook file, you can read it with any number of eReader applications. (In fact, some internet browsers, Google Chrome for example, can read eBooks directly.)
- For the MOBI file:
See this page from the Amazon website. There, you'll see links to download Kindle apps for iOS, Android, Mac & PC devices.
- For the EPUB file:
Apple's iBooks is one of the most popular applications used to read EPUB files across Windows, Mac, and other operating systems. EPUB-standard formats are supported by many computer applications and readers.
Transferring your eBook to another device
- First ensure that your device is already set up with the proper software installed (see above).
Use the method you normally use to transfer your eBooks between your computer and tablet (or other device like a phone).
- If that does not work, try connecting your device to your computer via USB or other "direct" connection. When doing this, it's just like copying a file from a computer to a USB device (such as a USB drive or a different hard drive). The tablet will appear on your computer as an additional drive, and you should be able to copy the eBook over directly.
- If that does not work, with the proper software (see above) you can always use your computer to read the file.
Zooming in for artwork details
Many Aardwolf customers are big fans of comic art, and examining pencil strokes and shading techniques is a common pastime. As a publisher, we have to balance the needs of the enthusiasts with the needs of the "common" reader. More succinctly, we have to sacrifice some detail in the artwork to achieve a reasonable file size.
Zooming in on an image will depend on your device:
If you're reading the book on your computer, some applications will note allow you to zoom, while others will allow zooming either with or without certain limits.
Zooming will depend on the device you're using and the software installed on it. For example, our tests show that when using the iBooks application on an iPad 2 or greater, you have very direct (and practically immediate) "pinching & zooming" -- allowing you to see individual pixels of the digitized artwork.
To zoom in on a particular page:
Tap the picture to expand it.
Zoom in/out to your heart's content.
Close the picture (press the X in the upper right) and swipe to go on to the next page.
Known issues with certain Kindle devices
- The Kindle's "Frame"
There is a gap between the book's artwork and the edge of the Kindle display that is called a "frame". Setting the frame to a color other than white will clearly show you how much screen space is taken up by the Kindle's Frame. We currently do not know of a way to eliminate or even "minimize" the frame's size, which forces the initial view of the page to be smaller than we intended. Aardwolf was very careful to size the drawings to fill as much of screen-space as possible. For the main Kindle Reader application, the only workaround we have found is the zooming process outlined above.