This weekend, a report from Good E-Reader appeared to recommend one thing really wild. After 15 years, Amazon was going to lastly bow to competitors and help the ePub e-book format utilized by the vast majority of on-line bookstores, publishers, and competing companies. Nevertheless it seems Amazon isn’t going to natively help the ePub format. As a substitute, per an update to Send to Kindle documentation, the Amazon Kindle will quickly help utilizing the Ship to Kindle perform to transform ePub information into an Amazon-specific digital ebook file format.

We have been so shut! And it’s wild as a result of we’ve been this shut, and likewise this far, because the Kindle and the ePub file format each launched again in 2007. Sony, Barnes & Noble, and different e-reader makers have been fast to help ePub, the first technical customary for the Worldwide Digital Publishing Discussion board. Amazon elected to help different file codecs, together with .Mobi, which it acquired together with the French firm Mobipocket in 2005, and .AZW, which is mainly an Amazon-branded model of .Mobi.

What this has meant in observe is that, for the final 15 years, when you wished to place an ePub file in your Kindle E-reader, you needed to first convert it, often utilizing the very highly effective however very irritating and ugly Calibre software program. It was a tremendous workflow, but it surely has felt increasingly annoying over the previous couple of years.

Publishers at the moment are extra frequently promoting ebooks on to shoppers, typically for lower than Amazon, Rakuten, or Barnes & Noble would possibly cost. Smaller publishers have even made it one thing of a promoting level — as authors will typically get a bigger piece of a sale direct from the writer than they may from a bigger digital bookseller, so you possibly can higher “support” a favourite writer by buying immediately from the writer. However the place you possibly can fairly shortly get these e-book information on an e-reader from Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Pocketbook, or one of many wide selection of e-readers popping out of China proper now, you continue to wanted to cease and do the Calibre step when you wished the identical ebook on a Kindle.

Now, it is going to be somewhat simpler to get an ePub on a Kindle. Amazon goes to assist you to ship ePub information to your Kindle by way of the Ship to Kindle perform, and it ought to then convert the ePub right into a KF8 file. Which, whereas technically an ePub will not be actually an ePub as a result of it’s only supported by Kindles.

I don’t find out about you, however I kind of really feel like Amazon is placing up an enormous Amazon-branded glass wall between me and the content material simply so I always remember the Amazon of the e-reading expertise. Which is considered one of many causes I’m enamored with Android E Ink tablets. I can simply put the ePub on the pill with out leaping by way of Amazon-branded hoops to take action.


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