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Changes to Our eBook Platforms

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In January 2018, we updated or changed several of our eBook platforms to improve performance and compatibility. 

On this page, we explain the changes and why we’ve made them.

Our aim is to give you the choice to download and read RYA eBooks in the way that works best for you. We also want to give you the flexibility to enjoy RYA eBooks on a variety of different devices. 

Buy and Download an RYA eBook

We've refreshed and updated our eBook support pages. Visit Buy and Download an RYA eBook for more information on reading an eBook on your preferred device. 

iOS
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What’s Changed?

The RYA Books app for iOS is staying the same, but iPhone and iPad users can now access an online version of their eBook. You can find a link to these online versions on the eBook item pages in the RYA web shop. This means that you can access your eBook in any web browser.

Why the Change?

We are diversifying the platforms we use to improve the choice you have in buying, accessing and storing your eBooks.

How to Access Your Purchases

If you’ve bought any eBooks through the RYA web shop, you’ll be able to access this content online with your existing login credentials.

  • See iBooks for Mac and iOS users.
Windows
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What’s Changed?

  • *New* App – We’ve launched a new RYA Books app for Windows. You can download it here (requires Windows 8.1 or later). This is the first time we’ve published an app to the Windows Store, so your existing RYA Books app for Windows will not automatically update. Please click the link above to download the new app.
  • *New* Online Access – You can view an online version of your eBook. You can find a link to this online version on the eBook item page in the RYA web shop. This means that you can access your eBook in any web browser.

Why the Change?

We’ve updated our existing Windows app because of its ageing technology, which is no longer supported on newer operating systems. We’ve also worked hard to increase performance and stability, and the functionality of interactive enhancements.

Continued Access to Your Purchases

You’ll be able to access eBooks purchased from the RYA web shop on the new RYA Books app for Windows – simply use your existing login credentials.

You can also use your login details to access the new online access eBooks and the RYA Books apps for iOS and Android.

Using Windows 7 or Earlier?

While you can continue use your existing RYA Books app for Windows, we strongly recommend that you download the new app or use an alternative platform to access your content.

We will continue to support and supply the Windows desktop app on request until it is no longer compatible on Windows 7, or when Microsoft stop extended support for Windows 7 in January 2020 (whichever comes first). Please email ebooks@rya.org.uk for further information.

Any updates to content and new eBooks will continue to pull through to the existing app for the short term, but please use the new RYA Books app for Windows, online access or our other apps for a better long-term experience.

Login details are provided with every eBook purchase in the RYA web shop or with an eBook redemption.

Android
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What’s Changed?

  • *New* App – We’ve launched a new look and feel RYA Books app for Android, with new interactive features and improved performance and functionality.
  • *New* Online Access – You can access an online version of your eBook. You can find a link to this online version on the eBook item page in the RYA web shop. This means that you can access your eBook in any web browser.

Why the Change?

We’ve updated our existing Android app because of its ageing technology, which is no longer supported on newer devices. We’ve also worked hard to increase performance and stability, and the functionality of interactive enhancements.

How to Access Your Purchases

You are able to access your eBooks without disruption. Simply update your RYA Books app in the Google Play store.

If you’ve purchased eBooks through the RYA web shop, you can use your login details to access the new online access eBooks and the RYA Books apps for iOS and Android.

If you’ve purchased eBooks in-app and would like to take advantage of the new online access, please contact ebooks@rya.org.uk with your proof of purchase. We’ll create an RYA Books account for you and provide login details.

Mac

What’s Changed?

  • Retiring the App – We’ll shortly be retiring the RYA Books app for Mac due to the ageing technology that it’s built on. Unfortunately, a similar app solution which is cost-effective and can support our evolving content is not currently available.
  • *New* Online Access – You can access an online version of your eBook. You can find a link to this online version on the eBook item page in the RYA web shop. This means that you can access your eBook in any web browser.

Why the Change?

The software is based on ageing technology. This means that it’s no longer performing as desired on newer devices with retina screens.

How to Access Your Purchases

If you’ve purchased eBooks through the RYA web shop, you’ll be able to access your content online with your existing login credentials. You can also download the RYA Books apps for Windows, iOS and Android – simply log in to view your eBooks.

Continuing to Use RYA Books for Mac?

While you can continue to use your existing RYA Books app for Mac, we strongly recommend that you use a different method to access your content.

We will continue to supply the RYA Books app for Mac on request until it’s no longer compatible, or when we’ve published all our content to iBooks (whichever comes first).

In the short term, updates to content and new eBooks will be available on the RYA Books app for Mac. However, please use either iBooks, online access, or our other apps for a better long-term experience.

  • See iBooks for Mac and iOS users.
iBooks
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What’s Changed?

An ever increasing number of our best-selling eBooks are now available as iBooks from the iBooks Store… and we’re adding more all the time.

iBooks are completely separate from the RYA Books app. This means that your purchases are processed by Apple and you won’t be able to access your existing RYA eBooks using this platform.

Why the Change?

Producing iBooks give us the opportunity to take advantage of a range of additional features, including enhanced functionality and accessibility options. You can access your iBooks through any Mac or iOS device, as long as you’re logged in using your iTunes account.

New RYA iBooks will be published as fully reflowable, accessible and interactive.

A Separate System

iBooks is a completely separate system. This means that we can’t provide a login facility to grant access to content purchased through the RYA web shop. Your iBooks will remain in the iBooks app, and you won’t be able to access your content online or on any of the other apps.

Google Books
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What’s Changed?

In addition to publishing our eBooks as iBooks, we've started releasing Google Books through the Google Play Store.

Google Books are completely separate from the RYA Books app. This means that your purchases are processed by Google and you won’t be able to access your existing RYA eBooks using this platform.

Why the Change?

Producing Google Books gives us the opportunity to take advantage of a range of accessibility options. You can access your Google Books through any device with the Google Books app (available on Android, iOS and PC), as long as you’re logged in using your Google account.

RYA Google Books will be published as fully reflowable and accessible Google Books. However, Google Books currently doesn't support complex animations, videos or enhancements. 

A Separate System

Google Books is a completely separate system. This means that we can’t provide a login facility to grant access to content purchased through the RYA web shop. Your Google Books will remain in the Google Books app, and you won’t be able to access your content online or on any of the other apps.

Kindle
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What’s Changed?

  • Retired the App – We’ve retired the RYA Books app for Kindle Fire, because it’s based on ageing technology that no longer reflects our high quality standards. Unfortunately, there’s been very little demand for the RYA Books app on this platform, and a new cost-effective solution that can support our evolving content is currently not available.
  • *New* Online Access – You can access an online version of your eBook. You can find a link to this online version on the eBook item page in the RYA web shop. This means that you can access your eBook in any web browser.

What Has Happened to the App?

The RYA Books app for Kindle Fire has been removed from the Amazon App Store, and new eBooks will not be added to the existing app. This means that the app will not be available to new users, but it will stay on your device if you’ve already downloaded it. If you delete the app or change devices, you won’t be able to download it again.

You’ll still be able to make in-app purchases and use your login details to access your RYA web shop purchases. However, we recommend switching to another platform to ensure the best experience.

You Can Still Access Your Purchases

If you bought your eBook through the RYA web shop, you can use these login details on RYA Books apps on other platforms.

If you’ve purchased eBooks in-app and would like to take advantage of the new online access, please contact ebooks@rya.org.uk with your proof of purchase. We’ll create an RYA Books account for you and provide login details.

If you have any questions or queries, please email ebooks@rya.org.uk.

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