E-Book readers forum: What is next for e-Books?

by: jgreg7 June 29, 2010 9:11 AM PDT

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What is next for e-Books?

by jgreg7 - 6/29/10 9:11 AM

Are e-books becoming obsolete? I have been searching for a reliable method to manage my e-books, but most of the e-book forums I have looked in, have not had a new post in years.

I started reading e-books with Microsoft Reader on my Pocket PC back in 2000. My MS Reader library has 138 books in it. In 2005 I switched to eReader format (eReader.com) since the MS Lit books were being discontinued. My eReader library now has 171 books in it. When I retired my Pocket PC, I changed to an iPod touch with the eReader software on it. This works very well.

I am now facing the next round of obsolescence since my preferred supplier of e-books Fictionwise appears to be going out of business (well, at least they have discontinued all of the authors I normally prefer). Apparently all of the e-book suppliers seem to think once you read a book you then throw it away.

However, occasionally I like to go back a re-read some older books. Kind of like listening to your favorite songs over again.

I tried to buy e-books from Barnes and Noble (who incidently claimed compatibility with the eReader software), however it does not seem possible to read these on my eReader software, they want me to download yet another reader BN eReader.

In looking to find a suitable source for e-books, I have found there are many competing readers, eReader software, and book formats. It seems like everyone wants to try to be different. I have a considerable investment in e-books, and now it seems will be obsolete very soon based upon the whims of the e-book industry.

So, to my question What next? I would like to have a reader that can read any of the e-books I already own, and to be able to purchase more e-books in a compatible format. Is there a common format that all of these books could be converted to so I can continue to read them? (like MP3 for music?).

If so, how do I convert my existing e-books to the new format?

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