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E-Book Platforms

  • 09/10/2012 3:31 PM
    Message # 1068908
    Anonymous

    Listed here are my most recent understanding of the e-book platforms that exist. Feel free to comment/add/delete/discuss.

    E-Book Formats

    PDF: This is short for printable document format, also known as PDF or Adobeundefinedvarious PDF readers are downloadable free. Foxit Reader is recommended for those with older computers where the newer adobe reader will not work properly, because it requires too much memory.

    lit Microsoft Reader: This format is free to download from Microsoft and gives a good setup and has a read-aloud add-on feature for the blind or those who prefer listening.

    There are versions of this format available for mobile phones and hand held devices as well as PC.

    prc Mobipocket format: The Mobipocket reader is a free download and has a lot of great features. It’s highly recommended for those who want to keep a library of electronic books and who may want to change the font size for easier reading. You can also have up to three pages open at once if you select a smaller font, so reading is seamless.

    Amazon bought Mobipocket when they wanted to develop the Kindle, and the Kindle format is a version of the Mobipocket format. They thought it was the best package, and it is.

    There are versions of this format available for mobile phones and hand held devices as well as PC.

    epub: This is the new format that is supposed to be the new industry idealundefinedno idea whyundefinedand is what is used on the NOOK and the ipad. Adobe Digital Editions is the free download that will read it on your PC.

    There are versions of this format available for mobile phones and handheld devices as well as PC

    lrf: The Sony readers use their own format, and they have changed the name of it over time.

    mobi Kindle for PC: This is not a format so much as a complete book system, which is much like Mobipocket Reader for PC, but is tied to Amazon.

    HTML: Most ebook sellers offer a HTML version of files. Often these are read on line. Not sure what else you do with themundefinedfew people buy them.

    Calibre: This is a reading system and converter. Its layout is rather like Mobipocket and Kindle for PC, but it takes ebooks in most formats, not just one, and also converts them between formats, but this conversion is not always as good as a book bought in that format is.

    Other generally old less common formats still in use:

    rb Rocket Book

    pdb for Palm devices

    kml Hiebook

    There are others but they are not used by any major distributors.

     

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