Dearauthor.com featured a recent post which I thoughtâ€”combined with the commentsâ€”was an excellent tutorial on ebook formats. (Of course, it was mostly Greek to meâ€”what the hell is DRM?—but still very informative.)
Iâ€™m in the midst of an ebook format change-up right now. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I had little or no interest in the ebook revolution. Then I downloaded Microsoft Reader to my desktop and bought .lit books because that was the only way I could read Jaci’s books at the time. Easy. Except I had zero interest in sitting at my computer desk to read. Then I got the iPaq and it was a simple matter to download Pocket Reader to it and I still bought .lit. Yay. Except it drove me freakin’ batty. Even on the smallest font, the words were huge. Scroll scroll scroll and scroll some more. (This might be specific to my iPaq—it’s the RZ1715—the bastard runt of the Pocket PC family. But it was cheap and has Word/Excel/Solitaire—and at least I could read ebooks, even if my thumb does get sore.)
Then, for some reason I can’t remember, I ended up putting MobiPocket on my iPaq. Never did anything with it. It’s not like I could read my bazillion .lit files with it, so I don’t know why it’s there.
Anyway, enter the laptop and the print galleys for Forever Again. I’d never really done much with ebooks in .pdf, but that’s how galleys came, and I really, really liked how it looked. So I bought my next ebooks in .pdf. Figured if nothing else I’d read them on my laptop. (I tried the Adobe reader thing for my iPaq once—it sucked and never worked right.) I didn’t take into consideration the fact that my sweet husband who bought me my laptop for Christmas, wanted to me to have everything I needed and so bought me the biggest, heaviest laptop they make. (Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but not by much.)
So now I can either read annoyingly giant text on my little iPaq or have my legs go to sleep reading the pretty .pdf.
Well, earlier this afternoon I was
procrastinating checking the formatted author copies for 72 Hours, and I remembered I have MobiPocket on my iPaq. For grins I synched a .prc copy to it.
Wow! What a difference! I set it to the smallest font and I love it. In Microsoft Reader—9 lines. In MobiPocket—23 lines.
So now I have all these .lit and .pdf books, but I’m just going to be loving me some .prc from now on.