View Full Version : epub vs. others

10-12-2011, 06:36 PM
Somewhere I noticed that PDF is much more acceptable to lots of readers.
ePub scores low...............why? I hate reading pdf on a 7" screen.
Am I missing something?

10-12-2011, 07:55 PM
I have wondered the same as you. For e-books purchased from my employer's site, PDF is (and was, for years) the most requested.

My guess is that this is because, until recently, people were not familiar with ePub (or mobi, for that matter). They didn't have readers or reader software for them, but nearly everyone had Acrobat Reader or something.

Nowadays, both stand-alone readers and reader software for virtually any platform are available. However, so is purchase direct from Amazon, Barnes-Noble, and the like. So we don't see the demand for PDF on our site that we used to. Overall, sales from all channels combined are overwhelmingly MOBI format (for us, that is. But most likely others too).

And yes, I agree with what JSWolf is about to post, namely that ePub is far superior to MOBI (or PDF) for use on an e-reader. :D