What is eBook Format
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What is eBook Format and How to Find Your Style

eBooks are getting popular day by day among the readers and that is the reason why most of the authors are choosing to publish their eBooks. It offers a lot of advantages to readers as well as the authors. 

From easy sales to worldwide recognition – eBook is a chance for authors to get recognized in the literary industry. And if you are also one of those aspiring authors, then you must know everything about eBooks. 

One of the most important factors while publishing your eBook is its format. You have to choose your style. Here are a few options for the eBook format that ghostwriting services use and you can choose from.

eBook Format Popular All Over the World

TXT (.txt)

     It is a plain text file and a simple format that uses the file extension .txt. These files basically are used strictly for text. No images and graphics are supported.  That is why these files are usually known for storing information with no formatting beyond basic fonts and font styles/ 

    They do not have any fixed layout, DRM protection, or interactivity. Although, these files are great for text-heavy eBooks such as research reports.  

    EPUB (.epub)

      Electronic publication or EPUB – it is the most widely used eBook format. The best thing about that it can be read on a variety of devices usually including computers, smartphones, tablets, and eReaders except for Kindles. Every EPUB file format is protected and has strong copy protection. These are reflowable but also support fixed layouts.  

      Reflowable EPUB

      These files are designed to allow the text and images to reflow to fit all screen sizes. They usually have a flat and linear design which means images float along with the text. So, this format is good for text-heavy eBooks. 

      Fixed EPUB 

      These files have sophisticated designs. Whether effects, images, and layout you have in the program will be kept in its fixed layout. It supports JavaScript to allow interactivity and animation. Also, the readout feature is here where the words on the screen light up or change color while a voice-over reads the story which makes them great for children’s books. 

      MOBI (.mobi)

        A MOBI also known as a Mobipocket eBook file was used as the first file by Amazon when the platform launched the Kindle. Although the file format has not been used widely by others, the Amazon Kindle devices use MOBI file structure. The downfall is that they now have a different DRM protection and the AZW file extension. 

        AZW (.azw) and AZW3 (.azw3) 

          AZW files or Kindle files developed by Amazon for its Kindle e-readers which replace the MOBI files. The files also use the format as MOBI but offer DRM protection which allows them to be read on Kindle or devices with Kindle apps. 

          Also, they are only available from the Amazon online bookstore. The files are able to store complex content like bookmarks, annotations, and highlights. 

          The older Kindle e-readers use the AZW format but after the release of the Kindle Fire, the platform has created AZW files known as Kindle Format 8. It is the next-generation version of the Kindle eBook file which adds support to the HTML and CSS to the existing Kindle format making it more advanced to support additional styles, fonts, and layouts. 

          PDF (.pdf) 

            Portable Document Format, PDF is not technically a true eBook because it is not reflowable but it is the format most people are familiar with. It was created by Adobe and is known for its ease of use and ability to maintain high-end designs and formats. 

            They are usually similar to the fixed layout ePUB file format but what makes them different is PDFs only have basic copy protection which means they can be easily downloaded and shared for free. PDFs cannot be sold in the iBookstore or Kindle Store but they can read on just about any device.

            Choosing Your Style 

            Choosing the right format for your eBook is not easy especially if you are not familiar with the technical lingo. It is indeed daunting but choosing the right file format is an essential step for your eBooks.

            There are some things that you have to consider. 

            Who will read the eBook and where will you distribute it? 

            Most eBooks are sold through major online retailers or directly from author’s websites. You have to determine where to sell your eBook. 

            If the eBook is for self-publication purposes or if you want to reach a wider audience, then an online retailer like Amazon is the way to go. But if the eBook is actually marketing collateral, then it is food to link it directly to your website with a landing page and promote it that way. 

            To sell to online retailers you should use either MOBI, AZW, or AZW3 format. And if you want to distribute directly on your site then EPUB, PDF, and MOBI are great options. 

            This is how you will be able to choose the right platform for your eBook. 

            Conclusion 

            So, with the eBook formats mentioned above and a few tips to find your style – you might be able to get on the track and select a format type for your eBook. Every format has its importance but it is up to you which is the right choice suitable for your eBook. Make an informed decision by going through the blog again and again and give your readers access to your magical storyline.  

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