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Old 06-05-2017, 08:18 PM   #1
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What Formats Do You Sell on Your Website?

This has probably been discussed to death, so feel free to post a link to a page where my question has already been answered.

I just published my first ebook to Amazon and iBooks, but I want to sell it on my website, too. I've signed up with E-Junkie, which seems really user friendly.

But I wondered if I should just sell my epub as is, or should I offer different versions for different readers?

I don't own a Kindle, but my understanding is that you can't read anything but MOBI files in a Kindle, right?

Epubs work fine in iBooks. My understanding is that any epub specifically formatted for iBooks can't legally be sold anywhere but on iBooks. The only advantage to iBooks formatting is "multi-touch," and from what I've read, that sounds like a pretty worthless feature.

So I'm guessing I should offer the original epub for iBook fans and a Kindle version form people who own Kindles. What other formats do you sell your epubs in?
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Old 06-05-2017, 11:18 PM   #2
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This has probably been discussed to death, so feel free to post a link to a page where my question has already been answered.

I just published my first ebook to Amazon and iBooks, but I want to sell it on my website, too. I've signed up with E-Junkie, which seems really user friendly.

But I wondered if I should just sell my epub as is, or should I offer different versions for different readers?

I don't own a Kindle, but my understanding is that you can't read anything but MOBI files in a Kindle, right?

Epubs work fine in iBooks. My understanding is that any epub specifically formatted for iBooks can't legally be sold anywhere but on iBooks. The only advantage to iBooks formatting is "multi-touch," and from what I've read, that sounds like a pretty worthless feature.

So I'm guessing I should offer the original epub for iBook fans and a Kindle version form people who own Kindles. What other formats do you sell your epubs in?
Depends on the kindle but they can read several formats.
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Old 06-06-2017, 04:02 AM   #3
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Just do ePub and mobi

The very few people who don't have something to read either of them will already know how to convert.
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I agree with the previous posters: Mobi and ePub will cover the basics - certainly for a novel. For non-fiction I'd offer a PDF version, too.
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Old 06-06-2017, 05:14 AM   #5
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Also sell KF8. Mobi is obsolete and only of use to those with really old Kindles.
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Also sell KF8. Mobi is obsolete and only of use to those with really old Kindles.
Is KF8 a synonym of AZW, or is yet another format?

Your comment about Mobi being obsolete just answered another question I was about to ask.

I just converted one of my epubs to both Mobi and AZW and was shocked at the lousy CSS support in Mobi. I'm not sure if it's worth the troubling fixing.
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I agree with the previous posters: Mobi and ePub will cover the basics - certainly for a novel. For non-fiction I'd offer a PDF version, too.
Even for a 500 page reference?
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:56 PM   #8
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Is KF8 a synonym of AZW, or is yet another format?
In general practice AZW=MOBI (an early eBook format which works fine for linear fiction & linear non-fiction, but is limited in formatting options) and AZW3=KF8 (similar in many ways to ePub). Amazon also has other formats, one which is basically a renamed PDF and when a customer downloads a book a lot of times it will have the AZW extension no matter what the underlying format is.
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Even for a 500 page reference?
Especially for a reference book. Many people put reference books on tablets and computers.
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Especially for a reference book. Many people put reference books on tablets and computers.
Wow, thats good to know.
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Especially for a reference book. Many people put reference books on tablets and computers.
Exactly. I have all my Egyptology reference books as PDFs on my iPad.
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One thing that you may find of use is Scrivener. It can compile books as epub, the kindle or pdf. It can be found here Click Or for already created books there is Calibre which is great for converting between formats. And its developer is a member here at Mobileread.
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