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How to Choose A Suitable eBook Format?

With the popularity of eBook devices such as iPad, iPhone, iTouch, Sony Reader, and Kindle, more and more prefer to read an eBook rather than a real paper book. Then choosing a suitable eBook format is essential. Currently there are many different eBook formats from which to choose.
These are the most common current eBook formats:

PDF — .pdf
EPUB — .epub
Microsoft Reader — .lit
Kindle — .azw
Mobipocket — .prc
eReader (Palm) — .pdb

There are other formats that can usually be read by e-reader devices, such as .txt and Word files, but I don't really consider those to be actual eBooks. Though most e-readers can display those types of files, they're really just general text files that you use on your computer. The most suitable eBook format to you should base on what kind of computer or e-reading device you use. Here is list to get you started:


PDF — Windows, Mac, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, Cool-er, Cybook, BeBook, Pandigital Novel, iOS (Apple devices with Bluefire Reader)
EPUB — Windows, Mac, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, Cool-er, Cybook, BeBook, Pandigital Novel, iOS (Apple devices with Bluefire Reader)

Microsoft Reader — Windows, Windows Mobile
Mobipocket — Windows, Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Blackberry, iRex iLiad, Nokia
eReader (Palm) — Windows, Mac, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, iOS (Apple devices with Stanza)
Kindle — Amazon Kindle

You should always check the tech specs for your particular device to verify the eBook formats that it can use. It also very important to check the software requirements for any eBook before you purchase it.

 

You can find some useful eBook format comparison charts online. For example, eBookMall.com has a useful comparison chart that shows many devices, the best eBook format for each, and some tech specs like size and weight. Also, there is a huge chart on Wikipedia that shows a comparison of devices and their supported formats. Google phrases like "eBook device comparison chart" to find these.

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