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Multiple e-book Formats

Why bother converting ebooks (or e-book) to different formats? And what are these formats anyway?

Well, Amazon’s Kindle supports the Mobipocket format ( MOBI as well as AZW, PRC, AZW1, TPZ, TXT), while the other popular reader, the PRS line from Sony, supports the EPUB format (and LRF, LRX, RTF, PDF, TXT). The Nook, the new reader from Barnes and Noble, can read EPUB.

Chances are that you will be able to download ebooks in the format you need, but is aren’t able to, you need conversion software. Most times you will be able to convert into the desired format, unless of course the e-book is DRMed (coded with Digital Rights Management, the anti-copying technology).

Where can you download free books from? I mention this elsewhere on my blog (in a separate post), but public domain books, legal and free, are available from the Project Gutenberg, Smash Words, from the websites of independent presses and bookstores as well as lesser known authors.

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