When I first started buying new novels as e-books I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I think my first purchases were chosen by guess work, the format determined by the PC e-book reader program I’d downloaded first. Looking back, I wish I’d known more about the file types I was buying. Initially, I was reading on my PC. Later, I read them on my smart phone when I learned I could. But when I recently tried to move every e-book I’d purchased to my new iPad, I struck problems.
PDF is probably the most common e-book file format around and those files transferred beautifully. I have a lot of long Google Books documents, scanned collectible works, and reading them via iBooks (an iPad App) is fantastic. What I did stumble over were the e-books I purchased from Mobipocket. Now I loved (and still love) Mobipocket Reader yet the program is incompatible (as far as I can determine) with the Apple iPad platform. Initially mildly frustrating until I discovered just what DRM protected files really means to the buyer. And then got miffed.
However, when you do have a good look at the file types available it’s clear to see why I was initially so confused. There are an astonishing large number of file formats to choose from: PDF, EPub, PRC, FB2, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PMLZ, RB, RTF, TCR, TXT. But from now on its EPub or PDF for me – I’m done messing with weird, and protected, formats. LOL