Electronic Subscriptions Tips & FAQ
Want to read Black Girls are Magic’s ebook editions, but you’re not sure how to go about getting your ebook files onto your favorite reading device or into your favorite reading app? Here are some tips you might find useful.
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Getting Your Ebook onto Your Ebook Reading Device
If you have a Kindle: The easiest thing to do is to email the mobi version of the magazine to your Kindle email address (it will end with @kindle.com). That will send it to your “Personal Docs” library and you’ll be able to access it there. You can learn more about how the Personal Docs service works by reading Amazon’s Help page. When you purchase your issue, you can also enter your @kindle.com address there, and every month we’ll automatically just send your issues there (and thus directly to your Kindle library).
STEP BY STEP KINDLE DIRECTIONS
Download the Mobi file to your computer. This will have a .mobi extension after the file name and would have been sent to you as an attachment, or if the file was too large for email, you would have been sent a Dropbox link to download the file from. Make sure you know where the Mobi file downloads to on your computer (your Desktop or Documents folder may be a good place).
How to open Mobi file on KindleGo to Amazon’s website and log in to your account.
Click on Your Account and then scroll down to the Digital Content section and select Manage Your Kindle or Manage your Content and Devices (see right).
Select Personal Document Settings. You should see a heading Send to Kindle email settings. There should be an email address there, XXXXX@Kindle.com.
Go to Approved Personal Document E-mail List section which is further down the page Manage your Content and Devices. Add your email address to this list, so that the Kindle device will accept the file.
In your mail program, start a new email to the @Kindle.com email address you just found.
Attach the Mobi file and then send your email.
Wait approximately five minutes and then open your Kindle and sync. Your book should appear in your Books or Documents sections.
If you use a Kindle app for a tablet or mobile device: You can follow the same procedures as above for Kindle users. So, if you have an iPad or an iPhone, or an Android device etc., you can just download the Kindle app and read your issue in the same way as described above.
If you use the Kindle for PC or Kindle for Mac apps: You can download the mobi to your desktop, then, when you launch the file (i.e., double-click it), it should open using the Kindle app. You cannot use the Personal Docs service as described above with the PC or Mac version of the Kindle app.
If you have an iPad or iPhone: You’ll almost certainly want to use the epub or PDF version of the magazine, unless you want to use the Kindle app as described above. The easiest way to read it on an iPad or iPhone is probably to use iBooks (or see below for some iOS alternatives). To get the epub/PDF into iBooks (or your iOS ebook-reading app of choice), just open up the email we sent you that included the epub/PDF attachment using the standard iOS Mail app. Click and hold the epub/PDF attachment icon; after holding it for a few seconds, a little window will open and ask what you want to use to open the file; select “Open in iBooks” (or whatever app you want to use). That will switch you out of the Mail app and take you to the ebook reading app, and after a moment or two your ebook reading app should just open the issue for you (and at the same time add the issue to your library). On your Black Girls are Magic My Account page, you can enter your regular email address there, and every month we’ll automatically email you your issues. Unfortunately there’s no way to automatically add your epub/PDF files to your library in the same way that you can on Kindle apps/devices, so you’ll have to add your issues to your library manually in the manner described here. You can also download the issue to your computer, put the epub/PDF into iTunes, and then sync your device, though that method is probably the most complicated.
If you use anything else: You’ll probably want to consult the Wikipedia page for ePub, which lists some software reading systems for ePub. Recommended systems include Lexcycle Stanza, Bluefire Reader, and Readmill.
If you prefer PDFs: Good news! In addition to mobi and epub, we now offer all of our ebook issues in PDF format. Pretty much every computer should be able to open up PDFs no problem, but if you don’t have software on your computer that can open it already, just install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app.
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Digital Rights Management (DRM)
All Black Girls are Magic ebooks are DRM-free.