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Old 11-14-2012, 04:35 PM   #1
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KePub vs ePub

Can someone explain to me the difference between KePub and ePub? I know KePub is Kobo's format but does it have any disadvantages to regular ePubs? Also, can KePubs be read on Non Kobo devices with any disadvantages to regular ePubs?

Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks a lot for reading .
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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To use kepubs on other devices, you would probably have to remove the DRM, which technically speaking may not be legal by the letter of the law. I've never done this myself, but I'm sure others will be able to better inform you.
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Can someone explain to me the difference between KePub and ePub? I know KePub is Kobo's format but does it have any disadvantages to regular ePubs? Also, can KePubs be read on Non Kobo devices with any disadvantages to regular ePubs?

Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks a lot for reading .
KePubs are non-standard, and I don't think there are any tools to remove the DRM. If you want to read your books on other devices you'll need to download the ePubs through Adobe Digital Editions.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:54 PM   #4
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KePubs are non-standard, and I don't think there are any tools to remove the DRM. If you want to read your books on other devices you'll need to download the ePubs through Adobe Digital Editions.
So if i download the book using the Kobo app, Kobo Desktop app, or onto my Kobo ereader, it's a Kepub, but if i download the same book i bought from Kobo through ADE, it will be a regular epub? Am i understanding that right?
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:59 PM   #5
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So if i download the book using the Kobo app, Kobo Desktop app, or onto my Kobo ereader, it's a Kepub, but if i download the same book i bought from Kobo through ADE, it will be a regular epub? Am i understanding that right?
Correct.

The advantage of KePubs is that through "the cloud" Kobo will synchronize all your Kobo devices/applications to be on the same page.
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So if i download the book using the Kobo app, Kobo Desktop app, or onto my Kobo ereader, it's a Kepub, but if i download the same book i bought from Kobo through ADE, it will be a regular epub? Am i understanding that right?
Exactly so. I suspect Kobo do it like that to avoid paying fees to Adobe unnecessarily.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:40 AM   #7
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Irrespective of DRM, kepubs also have what I consider another big disadvantage: when reading them, both a header and a footer are displayed. For side-loaded epubs, you only get the footer. Both header and footer, in my view, take up too much valuable reading space as they are several lines deep; at least with side-loaded epubs you only have to put up with the footer.

I am clueless as to why there is this difference between kepubs and epubs, it seems very arbitrary.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:53 PM   #8
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Also how do you know a book is kepub ? is the extention different ? Or can I just assume ALL books sold in the Kobo store are Kepub ?
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Also how do you know a book is kepub ? is the extention different ? Or can I just assume ALL books sold in the Kobo store are Kepub ?
They all are and none are. If you download them to the kobo reading app, they come down as kepubs. If you download them to Adobe Digital Editions, they come down as ADE ePubs.
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Also how do you know a book is kepub ? is the extention different ? Or can I just assume ALL books sold in the Kobo store are Kepub ?
They end up in the .kobo\kepub directory on your device, as GUIDs without file extensions.

Example: ebc2629c-49bc-4ec5-b9c8-f35d0d92a696
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Also how do you know a book is kepub ? is the extention different ? Or can I just assume ALL books sold in the Kobo store are Kepub ?
Almost all books are available as kepubs and epubs but look for "Adobe DRM epub" in the download options for individual books to confirm. I *think* the number of books that are kepub only is pretty small.
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They end up in the .kobo\kepub directory on your device, as GUIDs without file extensions.

Example: ebc2629c-49bc-4ec5-b9c8-f35d0d92a696
Or, they could look at the library list on the device and see the type of book there.
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