Amazon Kindle Version
Adobe Acrobat (pdf) is a free program for your computer or PDA. This format is the most popular. It can be read from your computer screen, imported to a Palm or Pocket PC, printed, and is also usable with the Kindle Gen2. You can download this free reader at www.adobe.com.
HTML is the most versatile of the formats. It can be read from your computer using your favorite browser. It can also be used to convert to your favorite ebook reader in the required format or be sent via email directly to your Kindle. It can be opened by a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Open Office. You can print this file, but it will print as one continuous page.
Microsoft Reader (.lit) can be read from either your PC or from your Pocket PC. It is easy to use; the program is shaped to look like a book. This reader does not allow for printing. You can download this free reader at www.microsoft.com/reader.
Mobipocket (.prc) is another free program designed specifically for PDAs such as a Palm or a Pocket PC. This format can be used with the Kindle ereader. It has an interface that allows for reading on your computer, however, this reader does not allow for printing. You can download this free reader at www.mobipocket.com.
EPub (short for electronic publication) is a format that allows reading on a wide variety of ereaders, including the Apple iPad and Nook.
Smashwords formats: (chart as found on website):
|Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser)||Buy||View sample|
|Kindle (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps)||Buy||Download sample|
|Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others)||Buy||Download sample|
|PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing)||Buy||No sample available|
|RTF (readable on most word processors)||Buy||No sample available|
|LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don't support .epub)||Buy||Download sample|
|Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices)||Buy||Download sample|
|Plain Text (download) (flexible, but lacks much formatting)||Buy||No sample available|
|Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page)||Buy||No sample available|