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The Substance B Platform and How to Read Your eBooks

Navigating Substance B

  • The Authors menu lists all authors on the Substance B platform.
  • Click/tap on the box around the author to open their page
  • On their page you can contact the author (please clear the captcha) or sign up for their newsletter/updates
  • Click/tap on the Connect with… icons to access the website, social media, Amazon author page, etc. of your favorite author
  • You can access book descriptions via the Books menu, by clicking/tapping on the books at the bottom of the author’s page, or navigating by Genre
  • If the author has enabled online reading / sampling, you can click on the Reader Icon icon to read in your browser, click/tap EPUB Icon on to download an EPUB sample for most eReading devices, or click/tap on MOBI Icon to download a MOBI sample for Amazon-type devices
  • For the Substance B Reader, it shows only the first 15 books, so please feel free to adjust your search terms (by title, by author, by genre, a search term, or any combination of these)
  • In the Substance B Reader, please feel free to adjust your font, screen size etc.

Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

How to Open Your EPUB and MOBI eBooks

There are two types of eBooks available through Substance B: EPUB and MOBI that can be used on a wide range of devices based on your personal preferences including PC, Mac, Linux, Android Tablets/Smartphones, e-ink readers, iPad, and iPhone. Luckily, the software to read eBooks is usually free (except for some apps on Android). Amazon owns the MOBI format, but everyone else uses the open source EPUB format. On Substance B, there is no difference in content between the EPUB and MOBI editions; however, different devices and apps will display the eBooks differently. The eBooks are optimized to work on all devices, so we hope you enjoy them. There is also a new format called EPUB3, but it is still sort of “experimental” at this point so we are waiting on releasing eBooks in this format.

Below are some helpful videos to show you how to make the most out of reading your eBook. There are also written instructions on how to load the inscribed eBooks either emailed to you via Substance B or downloaded from our site for a wide variety of devices.

Adobe Digital Editions for PC or Mac (EPUB)

  1. Go to the Adobe Digital Editions Website
  2. Download and Install
  3. Click File > Add to Library and open the EPUB on your computer

Readium for Google Chrome (EPUB, EPUB3)

  1. Sign into your Google account in Google Chrome
  2. Go to the Readium Website
  3. Click on the button that says Install From Chrome Web Store
  4. Click Add
  5. Open a new window (Ctrl+N) or new tab (Ctrl+T)
  6. Click on the Readium icon
  7. Click on Add a new ePUB in the upper right
  8. Click on Choose Files in the From Local File section

Calibre for PC, Mac, or Linux (EPUB, MOBI)

  1. Go to the Calibre website
  2. Download and install
  3. Click on the Add Books icon in the upper left
  4. Open your EPUB or MOBI eBook from your computer
  5. Click on your preferred eBook format under Format on the right sidebar

Kindle Fire / Kindle eReaders (MOBI)

Please note: there is additional information for Kindle Fire and Kindle eReaders at the Amazon website.

  1. Connect your Kindle to your computer via USB
  2. Open the Kindle drive
  3. Copy the MOBI eBook into the Books folder for Kindle Fire or documents for Kindle e-ink readers
  4. Safely eject your Kindle from your computer
  5. Open your Kindle library and your MOBI eBook will be there

Kindle for PC (MOBI)

  1. Go to Amazon’s Kindle for PC website
  2. Download and install
  3. Setup an email and password when on you first sign in
  4. Double-click on icon of MOBI on your computer
  5. Your MOBI eBook will be added to your library

Android Smartphone/Tablet (EPUB, MOBI)




  1. Download Mantano Reader (recommended) from the Google Play store; Moon+ Reader is not bad either; do not use FB Reader
  2. Click on the EPUB icon in your mail attachment
  3. Choose the app you would like to use and open your EPUB eBook


  1. Download the Kindle for Android app from Google Play
  2. Download File Expert HD App from Google Play
  3. Copy the MOBI attachment from your email into your SD Card > Kindle directory
  4. Open the Kindle for Android app
  5. MOBI eBook will appear in your Kindle library

iPad/iPhone (EPUB, EPUB3, MOBI)


  1. Install iBooks from the app store (if not already installed)
  2. Open your mail app
  3. Click on the EPUB icon in the mail attachment
  4. iBooks will open up with your new eBook

Alternatively, you can copy the EPUB file through iTunes onto your device.


  1. Install the Kindle for iOS app from the app store
  2. Open your mail app
  3. Click on the MOBI icon in the mail attachement
  4. Kindle for iOS app will open with your new eBook

Nook eReader/Tablet (EPUB)

  1. Connect your Nook to your computer with your micro-USB cable
  2. Open the Nook device and go to My Files > Books
  3. Safely eject your Nook from your computer
  4. The EPUB will appear in your library

Nook for PC (EPUB)

  1. Go to the Nook for PC website
  2. Download and install
  3. When first opening software, set up an email and password
  4. Click on My Library > My Stuff (note: expand length of window if you can’t see My Stuff)
  5. Open the EPUB eBook from your computer

Kobo and Sony eReaders (EPUB)

Please note: additional information is available at the Kobo website.

  1. Download and install Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Connect your Kobo or Sony eReader to your computer with the USB cable
  3. Following the instructions to authorize your device
  4. Click File > Add to Library and open the EPUB on your computer
  5. Drag the EPUB icon onto the icon that represents your eReader
  6. Safely eject your eReader from your computer

Alternatively, you can copy your EPUB to the root directory of your Kobo via the USB cable.