|FORMAT||Can this format be...|
|(suffix)||uses||...edited?||...reflowed (fonts can be re-sized) when reading?||...highlighted?||...annotated?||...printed?||...viewed on portable devices?||...read on computer with...|
|.DOC||Microsoft Word format||YES, with Microsoft Word||YES, following this procedure in MS Word.||YES (Word)||YES (comments in MS Word)||YES, but it is easily messed...||No.||MS Word|
|typographic format||NO.||NO. It's the most rigid format. The only e-readers that reflow PDF are Sony PRS T1 and T2.||NOT usually (FoxIt Pro can do it)||NOT ususally (FoxIt Pro can do it)||YES. best results of all formats. The document prints exactly as indended by its author. This is the format of choice used by typographies.||NOT usually. When possible, the page is too small and it needs constant zooming and panning to be viewed.||Acrobat Reader.Fox-It Pro.|
|.EPUB||e-reader format (Sony, Nook, Kobo)||NO.||YES.||YES, on most e-readers and programs.||YES, on most e-readers and programs.||NOT meant primarily for printing.||YES. This is the most widely used format in Europe. It is read by e-readers like Sony, Kobo, Nook, Iriver. The vast majority of ebooks are available in EPUB.||Calibre. Adobe Digital Editions.|
|.MOBI||e-reader format. (Kindle.)||NO.||YES.||YES, on the Kindle.||YES, on the Kindle.||NOT meant primarily for printing.||YES. This is the format used by Kindle.||Mobipocket. Calibre.|
|.DJVU||PC-based DejaVu ebooks.||NO||NO||NO||NO||YES||NO||DJVu format is very similar to PDF, but the files are much smaller and load faster. Readable with WinDJVu|
|.LIT||PC-based e-books||NO.||YES.||NO||NO||NO||NO||Microsoft Reader|
|.CRB||format for comics and manga||NO.||NO.||NO.||NO.||YES.||NOT usually. When possible, the page is too small and it needs constant zooming and panning to be viewed.||Comics Display Ex.Comic Rack.|
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|...reads format:||Cost||Highlight||Annotations||Dictionary||Library of e-books||Other|
|free||Only bookmarks (not very visible)||NO||YES, by connecting online to Dictionary||YES. Calibre makes a library of all your ebooks. You can easily search them by author, title, language or label.||Creates a great Library of all your books (EPUB, MOBI and PDF), that you can search by author, title, genre, labels.
If you have an e-Reader, then Calibre is the tool used to transfer the files from your computer to the e-reader.
|Adobe Digital Editions||EPUB||free||YES, highlight and Bookmark||YES, annotations in floating boxes||NO||YES.||Clickable Table of Contents in the left panel. Read-aloud, if third-party software installed.|
|Reader for PC (Sony)||EPUB||free||YES, only with annotations||YES.||NO||YES, basic||Has variants for tablets and smartphones with Android. Two-page view.|
|CoolReader||EPUB||free||NO||YES, annotations in a large floating table (but no markings in the text!)||NO||YES.||Unique features: You can modify the font contrast (gamma), the line height. You can change the font type (Arial, Georgia...) and color, and even the background (old paper, textile). You can read in a two-page format. May run on Android (on smartphones).|
|AZARDI||EPUB||free||YES||NO||YES (basic)||Has variants for Linux * Mac. For bigger screens (PC) you can use a 2- or 3- or 4-column format. Two-page view. You can view all your annotations in a separate pane (see below). Useful when you want to read a quotation in class. No SEARCH function!|
|FoxIT Reader||free||YES, with markers of different colours and with 3 types of underlining (||YES. On the margins (="textbox"), or as bubbles (="callout").||NO||Limited editing (by line). Only PDFs that are authorized can be edited & annotated. Read aloud (reads your text aloud). Integration with Facebook.|
|MobiPocket Reader||MOBI - primarily
|free||YES, plus right-hand panel with all the highlights||YES||Colins Dinctionary||YES. Searchable library of all your ebooks.||Allows you to change the text of the file!
All annotations and changes are accepted only if you have opened the file in the Library first!
Has variants for Blackberry, for PDAs and for smartphones with Symbian OS and Windows Mobile operating systems.
|Microsoft Reader||LIT format||free||YES||NO||NO||NO||.|
|WinDJVu Reader||DJV||free||YES (after selection, right-click to highlight)||YES (after selection, right-click and select "Bookmark")||NO||NO||Thumbnails. Magnifying glass for details. Table of Contents in the left panel.|
|Comic Rack||CRB, CBZ - comics format||free||NO||NO||NO||NO||Needs · .NET Framework 2.0 or higher to be installed (if you run Windows XP).
Has thumbnail view, various zoom modes, autorotation (for tablets). But it's slow...
|Comical||CRB, CBZ - comics format||free||NO||NO||NO||NO||Basic. Has thumbnails of the pages...|
CRB, CBZ - comics format
|free||NO||NO||NO||NO||Basic. Has thumbnails of the pages. Slow...|
Cool Reader with "old paper" background and two-page format.
The file shown here is a PDF (non-native to Sony), which Sony is able to reflow (you can enlarge fonts without zooming in).