There are still a lot of questions about e-books, and we like to answer as many as possible of them on this page. You should know that many people don't even know e-books exist, much less what they are, exactly, and how they work. E-books are not exactly new, but they are not that common yet. After reading this site you will know much more about the most common devices, formats and software.

Why E-books?

E-books are making it easier for people to keep many books, and carry them around with them, wherever they go, without overstuffing their bookshelves. A single e-book reader can hold thousands of books - space you gain in your home.

E-books are customizable. They can be adjusted to the needs of the user. Readers can choose the reading device that is most comfortable for them, enlarge type, and change fonts and background colors. That makes them very useful for people who have problems reading smaller type or special fonts.

E-books can be stored electronically in different locations, providing safety against the ravages of time.

What can you use to read an e-book?

E-books can be read on many electronic devices that people already carry around with them, on the computers most people own, on dedicated reading devices that are increasingly easy to find, and on devices you may not have thought of!

PCs and laptops, of course, can read e-books... ...and so can PDAs and handheld computers. Dedicated devices, like the Sony Reader, are specifically designed to read e-books. Smartphones, like the iPhone, can read e-books... ...and a new class of ultraportable PCs can read e-books. The new Apple iPad is a multitasking eReader. Even a Play station can read e-books!

If you regularly carry any of these devices with you, you can read e-books wherever you are!

E-book Software

To read e-books you will need to install the correct application. These are the most popular e-book reading applications for computers, handhelds and smartphones (and the e-book formats they support ... some support more formats). Many of them have versions for almost every computer platform, from a PC down to a cell phone. Select a link to be taken to the site and download a reader.

Adobe Reader (PDF—formerly called Acrobat)
Digital Editions (EPUB)
eReader (PDB)
iSilo (PDB and others)
Mobipocket (PRC)
MS Reader (LIT)
Sony Reader (LRF and others)
Stanza (EPUB and others)

E-book formats

At the moment there are about 15 different E-book formats to be found. Don't feel confused by this. The official format standard is EPUB, which can be read on almost all devises, apart from the Kindle. EPUB is also the standard format for the new Apple iPad.

As most readers can read a lot of different formats, we offer here the most common, and you will find the right format for your devise.


  Format Device support
PDF (good for highly formatted books, or for home printing) PC, MAC, Laptop, Apple iPad, Apple iPhone, Anroid Smart Phone, Sony Reader, Kindle, eGriver, B&N nook, Iriver Story, WISEreader, PocketBook, Cybook, Elonex eBook, BeBook, COOL-ER, eSlick, iRex, Hanlin

EPUB (E-book standard format, Open industry format) Apple iPad, iPhone, Sony Reader, eGriver, B&N nook, Kobo, Iriver Story, WISEreader, PocketBook, Cybook, Elonex eBook, BeBook, COOL-ER, eSlick

Kindle (.mobi) Kindle, eGriver, Cybook, BeBook, Hanlin, iLiad



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