How do I read an O'Reilly e-book on my Android device? The FAQ simply says "Android — Read the .apk or ePub on your favorite reader."

I've got a Nexus 7. If I buy a book from Kindle, Google Play, or the BN Nook store, it will be available in the appropriate reading app. If I buy an e-book from O'Reilly, how to I access it on the Nexus?
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  • Hello robeauch,

    I'd be happy to help. What you would please want to do is log in to your O'Reilly account on your Nexus 7. Once logged in go to the "Your Products" area of your account. From there click on the title of the ebook,and you will see yellow buttons denoting the the ePub format. By clicking on that ePub button you will then have access to the ebook on your device. Hope this helps!

    Kind regards,
    Paul Fichera
    Customer Service Representative
    O'Reilly Media
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  • Thanks Paul! When I clicked the ePub format, it downloaded the book. So, theoretically, it must be on my device somewhere. When you say "you will then have access to the ebook" -- have access how? Is there an app I'm supposed to use that will see the ebook?

    [ EDIT ]:

    Found the answers I was looking for. I was unaware that there are third-party e-book readers out there. So, presumably, you're talking about using one of those apps. That's not really ideal for me, since I already use apps from Kindle, Nook, and Google Play for reading (depending on where I purchased the book). I wouldn't want a fourth e-book reader just for O'Reilly purchases.

    Of those three, though, Google Play Books does support ePub. (Kindle and Nook, not so much.) Your suggestion to download it directly on the device does not work for this app, however. You'd need to use a desktop browser to download it, and then log into your Google Play account to add the book to your uploads. From that point, it's available in the tablet app as well. So, I think I'm set now.

    In conclusion: The FAQ could perhaps be a little more helpful on the subject of reading O'Reilly e-books on an Android device. ;) Many thanks for your assistance!
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    Hi robeauch,
    What I usually do is,

    1. Log in to oreilly.com and go to Your Products->Ebooks.

    2. Expand the book title and click Mobi-> Send to Dropbox.
    (You can also save it to your device if you don ́t use DropBox).

    3. When I have got the mobi file I send it by email to the xxx@kindle.com address which I have configured on the Kindle pages at Amazon.com.

    That's it. It will be among your personal documents at Amazon and it will sync just like "real" Kindle files across your Kindle devices and some Kindle reader apps (for Android anyway, not for PC). On the Kindle pages at Amazon you can either select the document and use "send to my device", or you can find it in the Kindle reader on your device among Archived Items/All Items and download it.

    Recently you have the option from oreilly to combine step 2 and 3 by selecting Mobi->Send to Kindle. For that, you have to register your kindle email address at oreilly.

    Peter Nilsson
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  • Thanks Peter!

    So, for those who don't want to install another reader app, O'Reilly books are accessible via Kindle (in mobi format) and Google Play Books. (in ePub format). In either case there are just a couple of simple steps necessary beforehand. I'm going to suggest that O'Reilly add this information to their FAQ -- would have saved me some time. Thanks again!
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  • If you'd like to purchase direct from us (and have lifetime access to multiple, DRM-free formats), but you also want to use the Kindle app or Google Play Books app to read, you should be able to do that by using our Send to Kindle or Save to Google Drive options in your account.

    Kindle
    http://shop.oreilly.com/category/cust...
    You can send specific ebooks from your account manually, or set up your account to send new purchases automatically. Once you send an ebook to your Kindle account, it should be available to you on all of your Kindle devices, in your Library (unless you've turned off Personal Document Archiving, which you can find in Manage Your Kindle > Personal Document Settings)

    Google Drive
    http://shop.oreilly.com/category/cust...
    You can send individual ebooks to your Google Drive, and then you can load them from your Drive to Google Play Books. More info about this second step here. It does look like you currently have to do this from your desktop, so Kindle might be more convenient here.

    I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any questions.

    Regards,

    Rachel James
    O'Reilly Media
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