Ebook Formats & File Types
Confused About Ebook Formats?
Modern technology has brought us many wonderful and innovative little gadgets. What started with the computer has evolved and expanded into things like PDA devices, smart cellphones, and also ebook readers. What an ebook reader does is display different books and other works of literature. Colour ereaders display coloured images and text, plus a number of models give internet access and the ability to watch videos and listen to music too. The new Kindle Fire is a great example.
Anyone who can save a document in an ebook format can write one. There are a lot of different places available on the Internet where people can download ebooks for reading, but without an ebook reader, these files aren't much use.
When it comes to storing files on an ebook reader, and displaying them for later reading the writer or user has a few options. Different ebook readers require different file formats. Each company has written its own software, and as such it is almost impossible to use these files except on the machine they were designed for. This can be inconvenient at times, but this technology will get smarter and more streamlined as time goes on.
One of the first ebook reading programs is still one of the best, and it has been around long enough to be able to be used in different readers. Adobe PDF files are the most commonly shared on the Internet, and the software required to read them is included in most operating systems today. Several of the portable readers can also read PDF documents, sometimes all that is required is some software from Adobe.
Some ebook readers can read common files such as those that end in the .txt format. There are also readers now that can read most Microsoft Word documents. Microsoft itself produced a reader, but there are also others that can do it. One of the most well known Ebook readers is the Kindle. With the Kindle a new format for ebook files was introduced.
This led other companies to follow suit, and the end result is still a potluck of choices. Some readers don't have books that others may. This technology is still a long way from being standardized, but imagine a world where the Presidential Library becomes the Presidential Kindle. It could happen.
Whatever ebook reader you end up with, check to see what ebook formats you can use. There are a lot of different ebook readers available, it seems every company that has a presence on the Internet is coming out with one. With all these choices, it is hard to recommend one over another. Certainly when you're running through a colour ereader comparison exercise the issue of what formats any device handles is one to pay attention to.
However the Kindle is one of the best selling devices out there, and if you want simple there is Adobe. Someday the Ebook may replace the printed word, there have been movies made about things like that. Sometimes though there is nothing as reassuring as holding one of the classics in your hands.
Now it's the Kindle's time to fight back - introducing the $199 Kindle Colour Ereader.
ARRIVING NOVEMBER 15TH 2011