Bookbanter Column: Diary of an Ereader, Part Three: Ebook Formats

When it comes to ebooks it all about digital format, much like region settings for DVDs or — and here I’m dating myself — different old video cassette formats that only work in certain parts of the world.  Ebooks come in different formats, and are actually available in a variety of different ones, but not every ebook can be available to readers in ten or twenty different formats.

Publishers and self-publishers have to put in the work at creating and converting ebooks to specific formats which costs time and money.

The good news is that the ereading world cottoned on to this fairly early and there are now essentially three main accepted formats of ebook: EPUB, MOBI and PDF.