ebook formats: Five and How to Find the Best Style for You

The 3 Best Ebook Formats: Which One Is Right For You?

With so many ebook formats out there, it can be hard to know which is right for you. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you understand what your options are and which format might suit your needs. PDF: PDF files are the original e-reader format and work just like a book. They can be shared easily and viewed on any device with a program that displays them, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.  ePub: Similar to PDF files, ePub files display in a book-like form and can be read on any device that supports them. The major difference between the two is that ePub files use the open EPUB file format, which allows for better interactivity when

Section 1: What is an Ebook?

Ebook Format Types  Paperback  The most basic of ebook formats, a paperback ebook contains no video, audio, or interactive elements. It is simply text on a book-like background, and is made up of white pages with black lettering. The entire book is one file, which can easily fit on a CD or a thumbdrive. As a bonus, since paperbacks are printed on paper, you won’t need to worry about getting exposed to harmful light or permanent ink from accidental pen marks.  Short Stories  This style of ebook provides an enjoyable, creative reading experience. They’re also most easily downloaded through the Kindle Direct Publishing format, which allows for a very personal, personal touch. They are often enjoyed on devices with smaller screens.

Types of ebooks

Kindle: Kindles are the original ebook format, and they are very similar to print books. They are inexpensive to use, but some of the bigger publishers (think J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer and others) refuse to publish their books in ePub format.  Paperback: Typically made out of paper, most paperbacks are also great for reading. They are often used by the hardcore readers as an alternative to e-books. They can be hard to find in paperbacks, as many publishers prefer the e-book format.  Magnetic Book: Also known as tumbable or tumba, magnetic books are easy to read on any flat surface such as a bed or table. The downside is they are very heavy, so you’ll have to either keep them on a table or close to your bed to be able to use them.  Novel: A Novel is technically an e-book.

PDF Files

Compatible Devices: The Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Google Android, and select PCs  Extended Characteristic: Each ebook file is in a 4 x 6 pixel style font, or 128 x 128 pixels for larger files.  Battery Life: A typical Kindle eBook can last as long as one month when reading it on a small device, such as a smartphone.  Accessibility: Reading content on a Kindle ereader has improved the accessibility for people with vision impairments, and other types of disabilities.  Communication: You can send texts from Kindle ebooks to your phone via the Kindle app for both Android and iOS.  PDF Files  Pros: A PDF file can be shared, re-described, or annotated, which is great for making notes on a document or highlighting text.

ePub Files

A Word Of Caution With EPUB  ePub files are the original e-reader format and work just like a book. They can be shared easily and viewed on any device with a program that displays them, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader.  But just like with any type of file, you need to be careful when you download them to your device. You’re basically downloading an electronic version of a book, and with files this large, it’s very easy to accidentally delete or accidentally change something. EPUB files aren’t meant to be shared online, and they definitely don’t belong in online file storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive.  Amazon: The most popular e-reader provider, Amazon sells the Kindle ebook format along with a few other Kindle ebook formats, such as B&N’s Nook format.

Mobi or Kindle Format

For those who want a format that’s easier to read on e-readers, Mobi files are a good choice. Unlike PDFs and EPUBs, Mobi files won’t display on any kind of e-reader. They must be read with a software designed specifically for that format, such as Adobe Digital Editions.  Kindle Format  Kindle documents are also known as EPUB files or simply EPUBs. They can also be read on any device that supports the EPUB format, as well as other devices that support Kindle reading.  An ebook reader or an ebook reader program will work well with all ebook formats, so you won’t have to buy a new e-reader for every format you’re interested in. If you’re reading in Google Books, for example, you’ll need to purchase a Kindle to read it in that format.


The ebook industry is relatively young and its market share has seen dramatic growth since the turn of the century. Although digital downloads were in high demand, the e-reader craze that occurred in the early 2000’s paved the way for the format to become popular. The devices, which were far more affordable than those used in electronic publishing, allowed readers to download a significant percentage of the available books. In doing so, the format caught the attention of the publishing industry and more and more authors embraced digital publishing for their books.

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