Monday, September 3, 2012

Comparison of e-book formats

Comparison tables


FormatFilename extensionDRM supportImage supportTable supportSound supportInteractivity supportWord wrap supportOpen standardEmbedded annotation supportBook- markingVideo support
ArchosReader.aehYesYes ?NoNoYesNo ?Yes ?
DjVu.djvu ?YesYesNoNoNoYesYesYes ?
EPUB (IDPF).epubYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes/No[f 1]Yes/No[f 1]Yes[f 2]
FictionBook.fb2NoYesYes/No[f 3]NoNoYesYesYes ? ?
HTML.htmlNoYesYesYes[f 4]NoYesYesNoNoYes[f 5]
Kindle.azwYesYesYes[f 6][24]Yes[f 7][25]YesYesNoYesYesYes[f 8][25]
Microsoft Reader.litYesYes ?NoNoYesNo ?Yes ?
Mobipocket.prc, .mobiYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYes ?
Multimedia EBook.exeYesYes ?YesYesNoYesYesYes ?
eReader.pdbYesYes ?NoNoYesNoYesYes ?
Plain text.txtNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNo
Plucker.pdbYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoYes ?
Portable Document Format.pdfYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes[f 9]
PostScript.psNoYes ?NoNoNoYes ? ? ?
Repligo.rgo ?YesYesNoNoYesNoNoNo ?
TealDoc.pdbYesYes ?NoNoYesYes ?Yes ?
Tome Raider.tr2, .tr3YesYes ?NoNoYesNo ? ? ?
  1. ^ a b Depends on the eReader application
  2. ^ With ePub 3
  3. ^ Table support added in FictionBook V2.1. Not supported in V2.0
  4. ^ With HTML 5
  5. ^ With HTML 5
  6. ^ Supported in all except 1st Generation Kindle. (Support level is as it is in mobipocket)
  7. ^ Supported only in kindle for iPhone, iPod, iPad.
  8. ^ Supported only in kindle for iPhone, iPod, iPad.
  9. ^ With Flash Embeded

Supporting platforms

Reader Plain textPDFePubHTMLMobi- PocketFiction- Book (Fb2)DjVuBroadband eBook (BBeB)[h 1]eReader[h 1]Kindle[h 1]WOLF[h 1]Tome Raider[h 1]Open eBook[h 2]
Amazon Kindle 1YesNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo
Amazon Kindle 2, DXYesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo
Amazon Kindle 3YesYesNo[h 3]YesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo
Amazon Kindle FireYesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo
Android DevicesYesYesYesYesYes[h 4][26]YesYes[h 4][27]NoYes[h 4][28]YesNoYes[h 4][23]Yes[h 4]
Apple iOS DevicesYesYesYesYesYes[h 4]Yes[h 4]Yes[h 4]NoYes[h 4]Yes[h 4]NoYes[h 4]Yes[h 4]
Azbooka WISEreaderYesNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Barnes & Noble NookYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo
Barnes & Noble Nook ColorYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Bookeen Cybook Gen3, OpusYesYesYes[h 5]YesYes[h 5]Yes[h 6]NoNoNoNoNoNoYes
COOL-ER ClassicYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Gnu/Linux Operating SystemYesYesYesYesYes?Yes??????
Foxit eSlickYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo
Hanlin e-Reader V3YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoYesNoNo
Hanvon WISEreaderYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
iRex iLiadYesYesYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Iriver StoryYesYesYesNoNoYes[h 4]Yes[h 4]NoNoNoNoNoNo
Kobo eReaderYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Nokia N900YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoYes
NUUTbook 2YesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
OLPC XO, SugarYesYesYesYesNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Onyx Boox 60YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Mac OS XYesYesYesYesYesYesYes?YesYes??Yes
WindowsYesYesYesYesYes?Yes?YesYes[h 7]??Yes
Pocketbook 301 Plus, 302, 360°YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Sony ReaderYesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Viewsonic VEB612YesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Windows Phone 7YesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNo
  1. ^ a b c d e Proprietary format
  2. ^ Predecessor of ePUB
  3. ^ Yes, if the Duokan alternate Kindle OS (third-party software add-on) is used.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Requires latest firmware
  5. ^ a b Versions support either ePUB or MobiPocket
  6. ^ Only ePUB version and with FW 2.0+
  7. ^ DRM-protected publications are supported as of Kindle for PC v1.3.0

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