Posts Tagged ‘epub’

PDF vs. EPUB: which is the best format?

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

We’ve received many questions recently about the differences between pdf format and epub format, so we thought it might be helpful to provide some details on the differences between the two formats.

PDF

PDF format was specifically designed not to be fluid, to the contrary; it’s meant to guarantee an identical display no matter what the support, without taking into account the size of the screen, etc. It’s the ideal format for preparing a document for printing on paper, since you can be sure that the layout you have prepared will display exactly the same for the printer as on your own computer. However, what makes it perfect for print is exactly what makes it unsuitable for ebooks, which must be readable in many different conditions, depending on the size of the screen and the needs and preferences of the reader.

To make pdf reading easier, on the Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight, Bookeen proposes a reflow mode for pdfs, which simplifies the layout of your document to make it more readable on an ebook reader, which has a smaller screen than a PC or A4 format page.

PDF reflow mode

Even with this option, we recommend that you avoid the pdf format whenever possible, unless your document has been specifically formatted for your Cybook and your personal preferences (texte size, choice of font…) since the inherent rigidity of this format will never allow a completely personnalised display.

EPUB

The EPUB format is specifically designed to provide an optimal reading experience on the support of your choice, by allowing the text to adapt to the size of the screen while still respecting the layout and formatting. EPUB allows you to modify the size of the text on the fly and to choose the font you prefer (did you know you can even add your favourite fonts to your Cybook? Just place the font files into the “Fonts” folder on your Cybook, then choose your favourite font from the menu while reading). Your Cybook even allows you to choose whether or not to activate justification, hyphenation, and even typographic ligatures if your font proposes them (for example Minion font, provided with your Cybook)!

Exemple de ligatures typographiques. Source : wikipedia.fr

Examples of typographic ligatures. Image from wikipedia.

EPUB is the ideal format for ebooks. For an optimal reading experience, we strongly recommend you choose EPUB whenever possible.

Firmware upgrade

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

At last! Here is the long awaited Firmware Upgrade for Cybooks.

Thank you for your support and your patience!

All the Bookeen Team whishes you a Merry Christmas!

About the next firmware upgrade.

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Our Dev team will soon release the next firmware upgrade.

For all Cybooks (Gen3 and Opus), you will have a possibility to download 2 firmware.

Here are some of the new features that will brighten up your reading experience:

Firmware 1.5: Mobipocket.

- Support of Mobipocket prc files.

- Support of non DRMed prc and pdf files.

- Support of html, txt, jpeg, png, gif.

- 12 font sizes on all prc, html and txt files.

- Rotation of the page and Zoom from 50 to 100%.

- Browsing mode : new interface presentation.

- Possibility to create your own folders.

- Possibility to speed-up the page turn (in library-mode and in a book)

- Possibility to zoom / change font size by pressing + or – button (Cybook Gen3), by pressing simultaneously menu and one of the page forward/backward button (Cybook Opus).

- Possibility to delete files by pressing delete button (Cybook Gen3), by going through the menu (Cybook Gen3 and Cybook Opus).

Firmware 2.0: Adobe Digital Edition

- Support of Adobe Digital Edition epub and pdf files.

- Support of non DRMed epub and pdf files.

- Support of html, txt, jpeg, png, gif.

- 12 font sizes on all epub, txt, html files.

- Rotation of the page and Zoom from 50 to 100%.

- For pdf files: hyperlinks are now activated and the covers are displayed on the library page.

- Browsing mode: new interface presentation.

- Possibility to create your own folders.

- Possibility to speed-up the page turn by maintening the pressure on a page turn button (in library-mode and in a book).

- Possibility to zoom / change font size by pressing + or – (Cybook Gen3), by pressing menu and one of the page forward/backward button (Cybook Opus).

- Possibility to delete files by pressing delete button (Cybook Gen3), by going through the menu (Cybook Gen3 and Cybook Opus).

We hope that you will enjoy reading with your Cybook even more than before.

Best regards,

Bookeen Team.

Adobe PDF and EPUB will be present in Bookeen products

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Bookeen has signed an agreement with Adobe to license the Adobe Reader Mobile SDK for its products.
The new software engine delivers support for reflowable PDF technology, Adobe’s content protection technology, as well as the EPUB file format, an XML-based eBook standard with broad support from the publishing industry.
The Bookeen products will be compatible with Adobe Digital Edition Desktop application (compatible both on PCs and Macs) enabling users to acquire and download their content from a variety of sources.
Both the PDF and EPUB support will become available through a software release scheduled in quarter 1 2009, more details will follow later.

Adobe Press Release