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Reading ebooks

If you’re new to ebooks, you need to know how to find, open and read them. The easiest way is to buy a Kindle from Amazon, since Amazon have made it really, really easy. The Kindle and Kindle applications (software for PC, iPad, Android tablets and phones, and so on) currently read ebooks files in the .mobi file format.

Almost all other ereader devices and applications read ebooks in the .epub file format. Some read PDFs, too.

To read epub files you’ll need an epub-capable device or epub-capable software. Here are some suggestions. The ones marked with an asterisk are able to open files restricted with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Kindle devices and apps cannot open epub files, or any file restricted with Adobe DRM. If you have a Kindle, you can convert epubs to mobi easily using the free Calibre application (if the epubs are not restricted with DRM).

2 July 2011
This information is more than two years old, and may no longer be accurate.