Recently, news broke that Amazon Kindle e-readers will now support the popular EPUB file format for books, as well as Kindle, PDF, and many other document types – we covered the story when it broke.
If you’re thinking “well, that’s good news”, then you’re right – EPUB is a very popular file format for e-books, and many publishing trade groups consider it the format of choice for e-books. sending ebooks. On top of that, many websites and libraries use it, which means you can now use a wider range of books on your Kindle.
But there’s actually another good reason why EPUB support is big news for Kindles – and it all comes down to Amazon’s eReaders and where they fit in the market.
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Not only do many online eBook repositories use EPUB files, but so do many other eReader companies.
Google Play Books uses EPUB files, as do Kobo and Onyx devices and their respective smartphone apps. This is really the standard for this kind of digital file.
Now that Amazon’s Kindles are taking on the format, every device on our list of best e-readers can now read and understand the format – and that’s great for switching devices.
The main thing that will deter people from switching tech ecosystems is the data they might lose. If you switch from an iPhone to an Android device, none of your App Store purchases will carry over – you will have to pay for the same apps again.
This would previously have been the case for e-readers – if you have a Kindle, with all its proprietary files, you wouldn’t consider switching, or vice versa. But that has changed.
Now, if you have a Kobo but want to buy a Kindle, it’s much easier to transfer your entire library. You don’t need to convert each file individually – you can easily get a “Send to Kindle app” as well as the Kobo app, and use them to easily send your entire book collection to the new device.
This update really helps Amazon in that regard, removing a hurdle to convince eReader fans to pick up one of its devices.
That said, the benefit to users also cannot be overstated, and support for EPUB files means there are many more eBooks ready to go on Kindles. So that’s good news for everyone – well, unless you have a Kobo or Onyx device.