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2008 the year of the Ebook – A guide to Ebook Formats – Part 1

by Ebook Doctor on September 15, 2008


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Larger and more well known companies have begun to enter the eBook reader market, leading to more robust competition within the field. Companies like Amazon, Sony, Adobe and Mobipocket are hastily trying to develop a universally acceptable format for eBooks.

To this end, Sony’s Reader seems to be the only device that does not support Mobipockets widely available format. This is because Sony would rather be remunerated by selling eBooks coded in their own unique proprietary format to their customers. However, this tactic is highly questionable because they risk loosing throngs of potential customers who may see no reason to limit their eBook reading choices only to what Sony can offer them.

Amazon on the other hand decided to take an open-minded course of action, giving their Kindle reader both AZW proprietary support and Mobipocket support. Also be aware that, when in the market for an eBook reading device, purchasing one that supports the most formats it highly advantageous for you.

Sony Reader Format (LRF)

Sony’s proprietary file format for eBook reading is called LRF. Their Reader device provides users with three zoom levels when using LRF eBooks and LRF formatted eBooks can be bought at Sony’s website that features vast amounts of top selling titles. However, the LRF format only works with Sony’s Readers limiting the size if it’s eBook collection.

Amazon Kindle Format (AZW)

Amazon’s proprietary format for its files is dubbed AZW. And unlike its competitor Sony, Amazon decided to allow support for other commercial formats used on their eBook reader device. This may turn out to be either their stroke of genius moment or their darkest hour. Amazon also sells AZW compatible eBooks through their online store. And since they are the webs largest book seller, they are already quite capable of figuring out how to effectively sell eBooks too.

See part 2 for the rest of the article.

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