The best format for Kindle devices is MOBI, but EPUB will work fine too.
Unfortunately, Amazon has not released the full specifications for Kindle tablets and apps…It’s hard to say exactly which features of ebooks (e.g., text formatting) need to be in one format or another.”
But as far as identifiers like “mobi” versus “epub” are concerned, the main difference between these two formats is that mobi files have DRM protection and epub files don’t. Unless you buy a MOBI file from someone who also provides a transferable. MOBI file without DRM (or can decrypt it), you won’t be able to read your e-book on anything other than a Kindle.
In short, if you want to read your book on any other device or software that is not a Kindle, you’ll need to use an EPUB file.
They’re both the same.
An ebook consists of content that is digital and can be distributed via various electronic channels, devices and formats. To do this, it stores text as encoded data on a computer readable medium such as a CD or DVD (which have their own set of advantages/disadvantages), flash memory drive, hard disk or other form of persistent storage. The most common file formats for eBooks are EPUB and MOBI. Consequently, they’re really just different types of files that offer the same thing in terms of what can be done with them but offer slightly different features in how they look and operate while doing so. For example, when you convert an eBook to MOBI format it will generally produce a smaller file than when you convert the same exact eBook to EPUB.
Now that we’ve established that an eBook is essentially just a file and that both MOBI and EPUB format files are compatible with any device or software platform that can open regular old text or PDF files, the real question becomes which one should you use for your new eBook? The answer to that question is whatever you want. While there’s technically no difference in the meaning of the text in an EPUB file compared to a MOBI file, there are some important considerations in deciding which format works best for your particular eBook.
If two books are unavailable in the same format, MOBI is better because it has a higher quality and clarity. EPUB should be the first choice if both formats are available.
MOBI files come in Kindle’s proprietary “mobipocket” filetype. They have a higher resolution than the usual .epub files, and also use DRM to keep them from being loaned or copied freely on other devices (like a computer).
EPUB files can be read on any device that displays this file type as opposed to MOBI which is only readable by Kindle. However, you cannot add annotations or make highlights due to DRM which blocks such interactions with MOBI books but not EPUB ones.
When it comes to reading books, it is difficult to tell whether one format is better for the Kindle or the other one. Both formats are compatible with the Kindle device and app.
Yes, both MOBI and EPUB files can be read on all Kindle devices (as well as on iPhone, iPad, Macs, PCs—wherever your favorite reader app resides) but if you’re looking for a specific kind of e-book file format then you might need to remember that some devices only read formats that they like best. For example some non-Kindle tablets or ebook readers don’t support MOBI files or PDFs (but they might support EPUBs).
I’ve not had luck with EPUB for my Kindle, but MOBIs seem to work just fine.
This seems to be true for all of my friends as well. Maybe it has something to do with the formatting? I’m going to keep trying though because I love downloading free books on my Kindle.
MOBIs are a device exclusive format. They’re primarily intended for Amazon’s Kindle line of hand-held tablet computers that use an operating system developed based on Linux and Google’s Android mobile operating system and are geared specifically towards displaying digital books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks, and other digital publications. For some devices (such as older Kindles) they can be side loaded from a computer if desired.
Up to personal preference.
EPUB and MOBI are both different formats for e-books. Some people like one format over the other, and vice versa but it comes down to preference of the individual as to which is better regardless of quality. If you are trying to compare two books, then the formatting will be similar but not exactly alike this could cause a problem depending on your screen size or if you zoom in detail reading other parts of the book pages that stretch out over more than one page including spacing between lines will also vary meaningfully between formats because they have different settings for how much space should go in between things like margins that are not standard in either EPUB or MOBI.
It depends on what you want.
E-pub format is the publishing industry standard for digital books, using Adobe Systems’ ePub file specification, and uses hypertext markup language (HTML) and CSS to display text and images on a computer screen, mobile device (e.g., iPhone), or e-reader device such as Amazon Kindle. Basically EPUB is newer but it has less features than MOBI.
MOBI file format which encodes HTML content into a .mobi file that publishers can send to Amazon’s Kindle Digital Text Platform for conversion into an e book readable only with the latest versions of Amazon Adora Kindles). Essentially it was made before cell phones became popular so it has more features like being able to change color of certain fonts. It’s the most compatible.
For Kindle books, the MOBI format is the correct format.
You will need to convert any other files into MOBI for Kindle.
An EPUB is better for use on non-Kindle devices, because it’s an open standard. The Kindle converts the HTML in the EPUB to its proprietary formats (AZW3 and KF8), which may result in a layout that doesn’t work as well as being based solely on EPUB code. MOBI files are improved version of MobiPocketBooks that were created with Mobipocket Creator 2 from 1997 to 2000—Mobipocket Reader from 1998 to 2000 could read these files.
MOBI ebooks could be viewed on paperwhite or kindle fire since mobi ebook is compatible with kindle books with mobi extension but epub file can’t be used as kindle books.
You can read MOBI file on kindle fire and paperwhite device but epub can’t be read on these devices.
Both MOBI and its better version EPUB are compatible with different e-readers like Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc .