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E-Book and E-Reader Compatibility

Updated on June 27, 2012

The E-Book and E-Reader Market

The sale of eBooks and e-readers is a booming market and as technology develops hurdles arise that need to be crossed over. One of the major hurdles, raised by consumers regarding e-reader technology, is the inability to read eBooks on different devices. This problem just gets bigger when there continues to be a large increase in the variety of e-reader devices becoming available. Consumers have voiced their frustration with the walled garden that keeps readers locked into one specific retailer for all their eBook purchases. Fortunately, there are solutions being created to ensure that all eBooks can be compatible with all the different devices. So if you are deciding what e-reader to purchase, and you want the freedom to download eBooks from different publishers, then the following information will give insight into some of the solutions that are now available.

The Development of E-Reader Technology

The consumer has spoken and there are now changes and improvements being made to the technology of eBook and e-readers, in order to ensure the future interoperability of devices. A major advancement in solving this problem for consumers is the development of software, which enables eBooks to be delivered and read across devices. The software program, that is downloaded onto your computer, is available at no cost from Adobe Digital Editions. Not only does it allow you to acquire, manage, and read eBooks and other kinds of digital publications but it also makes your books e-reader friendly. Consumers are able to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline. It also allows transfer of copy-protected eBooks from your personal computer to other computers as well as more than 85 supported devices.

Buying an E-Reader

To further support the interoperability of eBooks, over 50 different dedicated e-reader devices to date have chosen to support Adobe’s Reader Mobile SDK software. These devices satisfy the needs of consumers who want the flexibility to shop around for their eBook purchases. If you are in the market for a new e-reader then it might be beneficial to shop for one that is enabled by Reader Mobile SDK. It is important to note that you are still able to download and read eBooks easily with Digital Editions on your computer, however, an e-reader that enables Reader Mobile SDK will also allow the consumer to download from various eBook retailers directly.

In Summary

The eBook market is looking not only bright but friendly. More and more independent publishers are opting to provide their consumers the technology of delivering eBooks across devices. This is a positive move for consumers entering the eBook market. It allows them the flexibility to purchase or lend eBooks without being tied to one store. If you are currently in the market to purchase an e-reader, make it a point to investigate the list of supported devices that are going to give you flexibility and choice for purchasing eBooks from various publishers. Buying an e-reader has many benefits for the environment, and also provides a new and exciting reading experience for consumers, so it is worth being informed about your options.


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      mcals71 5 years ago

      I recently gave my Kindle Fire to my daughter in law who has been using an e-reader for quite some time now. With the information that you provided she will probably be able to transfer her favorite books to her new Kindle Fire, as she is an avid eBook reader. Of course the Kindle Fire can do a lot more than offer the eBooks option, but I personally discovered, after only two months, that I had no real use for it. Guess I'm too old for these wonderful new gadgets. At least I tried. Thank you so much for sharing this information with us. I'll pass it on.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am thinking of purchasing an ebook as a Christmas gift and was looking for information to help make a decision. Your hub provides useful advice and your recommendations are informative. Thanks for pointing out the download features.. this is key in working with computer and ereader compatibility. Voted up.