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by Joshua Tallent
As an e-book developer and consultant, I have seen a broad array of books cross my desk. Most of these have subsequently graced the screens of the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and iPhone, while a few have been too complex to get past the current limitations of the e-book formats and devices on the market right now.
What follows is basic information about the e-book formats available today, plus pointers about how to handle certain kinds of book elements in e-book formats.
Many people still think “e-book” means “PDF.” Adobe’s Portable Document Format has long been the most popular format for selling e-book content to consumers, because most computers have a PDF-viewing program. It has also offered some level of piracy protection with built-in Digital Rights Management (DRM).
However, many other e-book formats are on the market, and some of them are becoming much more popular than PDFs. The two most important e-book formats are ePub and Mobipocket.
ePub is an open e-book formatting standard based on technologies like XML and HTML and ma…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).
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