Important information about our books
Types of book available
Our books are available in two formats: paper books and e-books. Furthermore, the e-books are available in a number of formats: PDF e-books, ePub e-books, and Kindle e-books. All of these formats are available in this shop except for Kindle e-books.
About Kindle e-books
Kindle books must be purchased through the Amazon Kindle store. If you are looking for Kindle books, use this link to see our complete range of Kindle books.
About PDF and ePub e-books
These days PDF e-books are regarded as more useful than ePub and other, similar e-book formats. PDF e-books can deliver much better formatting than ePub and other, similar e-book formats. Nowadays, all major internet browsers have special support for all major e-book formats built into them, including the PDF format. Because PDF's allow for a much higher level of formatting and because they are fully supported in all major internet browsers, we have turned away from making e-books in formats other than the PDF format. Therefore, you will find that every one of our books that is available in e-book format is available as a PDF e-book and only a few are available in ePub or similar format. You can see an example of how a PDF is treated as an e-book in your browser using the example just below, marked with the PDF icon.
About paper books
Our paper books are done to the highest typographic standards. We even created a typeface for publishing our own books on paper and most of our paper books come with one or more colour plates.
Features of our all our books
Our books are famous for not being mere translations of key Tibetan texts or writings about them, but for having a significant amount of extra material that helps the reader get the best possible understanding of the texts or writings. Our books are acclaimed for their lengthy, detailed introductions that give the reader a sound basis for understanding the main material of the book. In addition, our books have copious footnotes to help the reader get the full import of what is being said and an extensive glossary to help the reader understand the terminology in use. To see an example, look at this preview of one of our books.
Which formats are available for any given book?
How do you know which formats are available for any given book? Use the products item on the main menu to see our range of books, then click on a book in which you are interested. That will take you to a page showing that book alone. The page will include a detailed description of the book down the page. The detailed description shows which Tibetan texts, if any, have been translated and included in the book, and in many cases provides a link to a digital file of the Tibetan texts that can be read using our free TibetD reader software. This page will also show, towards the top right of the screen, which format the book is available in. If it is available in more than one format, a drop-down selector box with the words "please select" showing will show which book formats are available. If you decide to purchase the book, simply select the format you want for the book and that will be added to your shopping basket.