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Ebooks FAQ

Can I buy ebooks and support my local independent bookstore?

Yes. Just like buying a regular book, Hugobooks gets a percentage of the listed price.

Can I read ebooks I buy from Hugobooks on a Kindle?

At the moment, no.

Can I buy ebooks with a Hugobooks gift card?

For the time being, no. We hope to have that capacity soon.

How are ebooks priced?

The ebooks provider Kobo makes all the pricing decisions. Some of their prices are set by the publisher and others are set by Kobo.

Which ebook formats do you sell?

We sell Kobo ebooks, which can be read with an app or downloaded as .epub files. Click here for all the info you need about reading our ebooks.

Do ebook purchases count towards the Hugobooks customer program?

No. Selling most ebooks involves a contract that forbids us from incorporating those ebooks in any kind of discount program, including customer loyalty programs. Unfortunately, we just don’t have the capacity to sort ebooks purchases so they can be counted towards the program.

What is e-ink?

E-ink is a digital display format designed to mimic the appearance of physical paper. It was developed to make reading for long periods on a screen easier on the eyes. As technology improves, e-ink becomes sharper and the devices that use it more powerful and flexible. The Kobo devices we carry both use high resolution e-ink.

What will happen to the Google ebooks I’ve already purchased?

If you have downloaded them to your device, they will stay there. You paid for them, they’re your books. If you read on the IndieBound app, the easiest thing to do is start using the Google Play app. You can also access your ebooks through your Google Play library. Just go to Google, click on the "Play," tab and login in and you should see a link to your ebooks library.

What will happen to the IndieBound Reader App?

The IndieBound Reader App was designed to work specifically with Google Ebooks so it will no longer function after January 30, 2013. You will be able to access all of your Google Ebook purchases through the Google Play App, which recently added a lot of cool features.

Which digital reader should I buy?

There are tons of devices and tablets, all with different strengths and weaknesses, so get online and do your research. Our Kobo ebooks will work on pretty much all of them, except the Kindle. Hugobooks also sells two very good readers, the Kobo Mini and the Kobo Glo. If you buy a device from us, all of your ebook purchases on that device will credit Hugobooks, making it the most convenient way to read ebooks and support your local independent book store.

What are ebooks good for?

Ebooks save space in a satchel or a shelf, can a low carbon footprint, not just because they don’t use paper, but also because they don’t have to be shipped from the publisher to the bookstore. Ebooks also have opportunities for close reading and study, through integration with reference books, connection to internet research resources, and limitless potential for annotation and highlighting. But...

Will ebooks replace regular books?

You can’t gift wrap an ebook, or lend it to a friend, or get it signed by the author. Your favorite ebook can’t sit on the nightstand always at hand for comfort and wisdom. It doesn’t show a life together through creases and tears and faded covers. Ebooks don’t have a weight or a smell or a feel. One can’t wander through an ebook store browsing for whatever happens to strike one’s fancy. Ebooks are a great development in reading, but they’re not going to replace books any time soon.

How to Read an Ebook

For instructions on how to purchase and read our ebooks please click on your device.

Kobo Purchased from Hugobooks

Hugobooks is now selling the Kobo Mini and the Kobo Glow. All purchases made through the built-in ebooks store on devices bought from us will credit Hugobooks. It’s the most convenient way to read ebooks and support Hugobooks. (See Sony, Nooks, Other Kobos, etc, if you already own a Kobo.)

Click here if you need help

iPad

  1. Use a web browser to access www.hugobookstores.com.
  2. Use the search box on the left to find the ebook you want.
  3. Add the ebook to your cart as with any other online purchase and then follow the check out instructions.
  4. If you have never bought a Kobo ebook with us before you will need to create a new Kobo account. You will still need a new Kobo account even if you’ve purchased Google ebooks in the past.
  5. You will be taken to a Kobo/Hugobookstores page to complete the purchase.
  6. Download the Kobo App to your device.
  7. Login to the App using your new Kobo account. Sync the app and there you have it.

Click here if you need help

Android

  1. Use a web browser to access hugobookstores.com.
  2. Use the search box on the left to find the ebook you want.
  3. Add the ebook to your cart as with any other online purchase and then follow the check out instructions.
  4. If you have never bought a Kobo ebook with us before you will need to create a new Kobo account. You will still need a new Kobo account even if you’ve purchased Google ebooks in the past.
  5. You will be taken to a Kobo/Hugobookstores page to complete the purchase.
  6. Download the Kobo App.
  7. Login to the App using your new Kobo account and sync the app and there you have it.
  8. After your first purchase through the Hugobookstores website, your account will be associated with us. This means Hugobookstores will get credit for any in-app purchases you make.

Click here if you need help

Sony Readers, Nooks (including the Color and Tablet), Other Kobos, etc.

  1. Use a web browser on your computer to access hugobookstores.com.
  2. Use the search box on the left to find the ebook you want.
  3. Add the ebook to your cart as with any other online purchase and then follow the check out instructions.
  4. If you have never bought a Kobo ebook before you will need to create a new Kobo account. You will still need a new Kobo account even if you’ve purchased Google ebooks in the past.
  5. You will be taken to a Kobo/Hugobookstores page to complete the purchase.
  6. Download the .epub file to your computer.
  7. Install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. The first time you open Adobe Digital Editions you will need to create an Adobe Digital Editions ID. If you skip this step you will not be able to transfer books from your computer to your device.
  8. Open the ebook in Adobe Digital Editions. You can either just double-click on the ebook or open Adobe Digital Editions, and choose File, then Import Files. The book should now be on your "shelf."
  9. Plug in your device. It should appear as an icon in the lower left corner.
  10. Drag the ebook from the shelf onto the icon for your device and the ebook is now on your device.

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Kobo Readers and Accessories

As part of our partnership with Kobo we are proud to sell two Kobo ereaders, the Mini and the Glow. You can see a description of the devices and tech specs below. We'll also be carrying a variety of accessories, including the charger (so you don't always have to plug the device into your computer) backs and covers, including the very cool Sleepcover Case. Go to How to Read Kobo ebooks, for more information. Already purchased one of our fine devices? Here's what you do next, for the Mini and the Glo.

$129.99
SKU: 681495000142

Kobo_Glo_x104Kobo Glo’s revolutionary ComfortLight illuminates the screen with a soft, adjustable glow so you can read any eBook any time of day under the perfect light — no lamp required. Browse your library, look up words, and switch between screens quickly, easily, and intuitively with Kobo Glo’s highly responsive touchscreen. Make each eBook your own with in-text annotations, bookmarks, and notes. Reading something with a lot of pictures? Zoom in up to 200%, pan around images, or change page orientation all with your fingertips. If you purchase a Kobo Glo from us, all of your ebook purchases through the device will credit Hugobookstores. It’s the most convenient way to read ebooks and support your locally owned independent bookstore.

Tech Specs
glo_black_reading_small1 GHz processor. 6" E Ink XGA Pearl screen; 1024×758 resolution; 16-level grey scale. Built-in ComfortLight technology with micro-thin hard coating for durability and even light distribution. Responsive touchscreen for glare-free, fingerprint-resistant reading. Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB. Battery life, up to 1 month with the WiFi off. Up to 70 hours of continuous usage with ComfortLight on. 7 font styles with 24 font sizes and exclusive weight and sharpness settings. Supported file types: EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RFT, CBZ, CBR.


$79.99
SKU: 681495000470

Kobo_Mini-smallKobo Mini is the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured eReader, so it’s great for reading on the go. Complete with a no-glare natural E Ink touchscreen and built-in Wi Fi, it’s the full Kobo experience at a great value. It has a built-in dictionary, lets you highlight text, type notes, and share to Facebook and Twitter. If you purchase a Kobo Mini from us, all of your ebook purchases through the device will credit Hugobookstores. It’s the most convenient way to read ebooks and support your locally owned independent bookstore.

Tech Specs
mini_white_reading_small800 MHz processor. 5" E Ink touchscreen; Vizplex V110 display; 16-level gray scale. Responsive touchscreen for glare-free, fingerprint-resistant reading. Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB. Includes Reading Life. Track your reading stats and share what you’re reading, favourite passages, and Reading Life awards to Facebook and Twitter. Battery Life, over 1 month with WiFi turned off. 7 font styles with 24 font sizes and exclusive weight and sharpness settings. Supported file types: EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RFT, CBZ, CBR.


$24.99
SKU: 681495000203

neoprene caseDesigned with the signature Kobo quilt, the durable Neoprene Case is great protection for the Glo.



$19.99
SKU: 681495000678

ruby snapbackAdd a little color to your Kobo Mini with this Ruby snapback. Ruby is the only color Hugobookstores will have for now but other colors are available from Kobo.The interchangeable back plates make it quick and easy to change the look of your device to suit your mood.


$29.99
SKU: 68149500652

charging kitDon’t worry about dragging your computer arond just so you can charge your eReader. Charge your Kobo eReader anywhere with this 4 ft. Micro USB charging cable and wall unit. Works with both the Mini & the Glo.

  • Output 5.0V 1.0A
  • 4 ft. Micro USB cable
  • North American plug only


$19.99
SKU: 681495000821

soft touch coverDurable yet ultra-thin and lightweight, the Mini Soft Touch Cover provides just the right amount of protection without adding bulk. The smooth Soft Touch finish will not snag on bags or clothing.



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