How to print ebook pages

Just in time for the second semester, here are some ways to print pages from an ebook.

(Credit: Amazon)

New e-reading converts might be surprised to find out that, despite the fact that ebooks can be read on computers, there's no real way to print out a page for reference. In the olden days, you could just put a paperback face-down on a copier. With ebooks, it's a little trickier.

But it can be done.

Remember, though, that policies for print and ebook publishers vary, so review those policies and move forward at your own risk. Distributing copyrighted material without authorisation is illegal in Australia. CBS Interactive and CNET do not encourage or condone the illegal duplication or distribution of copyrighted content. Before copying or distributing any ebook content, make sure you have the legal right to do so.

The (almost) universal method

If your e-reader offers a web or desktop reader, like Amazon, Kobo, Sony and Barnes & Noble, this option is for you:

  1. Launch the web reader or desktop reader software. If you don't have it, you can just duck over to your e-reader's website, like Kobo or Amazon

  2. Open a book and find the page you want to print

  3. Resize the browser (or desktop) window so that it matches the aspect ratio of an 8.5x11-inch piece of paper. It doesn't have to be exact; just eyeball it

  4. Take a screenshot of the ebook page. In Windows 7, launch the Snipping Tool, then drag the cursor to outline the page and save the screenshot. On a Mac, hit Ctrl+CMD+4 and drag the cursor to outline the page. The screenshot will be saved to your desktop

  5. Open the screenshot image file and go to File, and then Print. In the print dialog, be sure to uncheck any settings that will stretch the image (ie, "Fit to page"). Also, change the ink settings to print in black (not colour or grayscale). Finally, hit print

  6. Repeat this process for any other pages you want to print.

If you own an iPad

If you use an iPad as your e-reader, the process is a little simpler:

  1. Open your e-reader app, open a book and navigate to the page you want to print

  2. Adjust the layout to display black text on a white background. (This process will vary in every app, but usually it's in the font adjustment menu)

  3. Take a screenshot by holding the home button and clicking the sleep button. Do the same for any other page you want to print

  4. Go to the Camera Roll and hit the action button (the arrow in the upper-right) and tap to select all of the screenshots. When you're done, tap "Share" in the upper-left and select "Email". Email the screenshots to yourself

  5. Head to a computer with printer access, open the email and download the photos. Open the screenshot image files and go to File, then Print. In the print dialog, be sure to uncheck any settings that will stretch the image (ie, "Fit to page"). Also, change the ink settings to print in black (not colour or grayscale). Finally, hit print.

Printing in a pinch

Before you read on, note that this is the really, really last-resort way to get a copy of an ebook page, and only applies to those who own an E Ink reader. I wouldn't really recommend doing this if you don't have to.

  1. Find photocopier

  2. Grab your e-reader and navigate to the page you want to print. Adjust the font size, if you like

  3. Place the e-reader face down on the copier, close the lid … and hit copy.

Really, that's it. And it totally works.

Via CNET.com



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