Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kindle's New eBook Format

When Kindle Fire tablet, is later this month it will be using a new ebook filetype, Kindle Format 8. It will be very similar to the functionality found in the ePub format. This will allow Kindle eBooks to look more like a real book and provide for interactive content especially in picture books.

The downside? It looks like legacy Kindles (original Kindle, Kindle 2, and the newly-christened Kindle Keyboard) may not get an update to support KF8. The information page Amazon provided says only “Kindle Fire is the first Kindle device to support KF8 - in the coming months we will roll out KF8 to our latest generation Kindle e-ink devices as well as our free Kindle reading apps. “ The lack of stated support for older Kindle’s is almost certainly indicative of their inability to handle the new format. The newer Kindle Touch and the latest Kindle (fourth generation) looks like they will get the new format as a supported filetype at some point in the future.

If you are considering purchasing a Kindle ebook reader this holiday season we recommend you get one of the newer Kindles - Kindle Touch, the latest Kindle (fourth generation) or Kindle Fire tablet.

If you would like more information on how to buy an eBook Reader, you may wish to attend one of our workshops on How to buy an eBook Reader:

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