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About MultiFormat & Secure Formats:
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Fictionwise offers eBooks in a variety of PDA and Desktop formats:
  • MultiFormat: Unencrypted eBooks that are available in a variety of formats for handheld devices and computers

    When you purchase a MultiFormat eBook, you can download it in any or all of these 13 formats:

    eReader [-er.PDB]
    ePub [.EPUB]
    Adobe [.PDF]
    Microsoft [.LIT]
    Palm Doc [.PDB]
    Rocket/REB1100 [.RB]
    Franklin [.FUB]
    Hiebook [.KML]
    Sony Reader [.LRF]
    Isilo [-is.PDB]
    Mobipocket [.PRC]
    Kindle [.MOBI]
    OEBFF Full VGA [.IMP]
    OEBFF Half VGA [.IMP]

  • Limited MultiFormat: Illustrated eBooks such as comics, image-based tutorials, or children's picture books that are available in one or more formats intended for large-screen display. Most Limited MultiFormat eBooks are available only as PDF or LIT.

  • Secure Microsoft Reader Format: eBooks that are available in encrypted Microsoft Reader format
  • Secure Adobe Format: eBooks that are available in encrypted Adobe ePub and/or PDF format, for Adobe Digital Editions
  • Secure eReader Format: eBooks that are available in encrypted eReader format

Here are some common questions and answers about these three types of eBooks you may purchase at Fictionwise:

  1. Q: What is the difference between MultiFormat and Secure Formats?
  2. Q: Why does Fictionwise make this distinction?
  3. Q: What formats are available for MultiFormat eBooks and what devices can I read them on?
  4. Q: Is every Open MultiFormat file type available for every MultiFormat eBook?
  5. Q: May I download more than one file type for MultiFormat eBooks?
  6. Q: Where do I get reader software for all these different eBook formats?

What is the difference between MultiFormat and Secure Formats?

eBooks marked [MultiFormat] are available in as many as 12 different file formats, and are not encrypted. These formats include: Adobe [.PDF], Microsoft [.LIT], Palm Doc [.PDB], Rocket/REB1100 [.RB], Franklin [.FUB], Hiebook [.KML], Sony Reader [.LRF], Isilo [-IS.PDB], Mobipocket [.PRC], Kindle [.MOBI], OEBFF Full VGA [.IMP], OEBFF Half VGA [.IMP]. Note that although these files are not encrypted, you are still bound by copyright law and you may not distribute these eBooks to other people.

EBooks marked [Secure Microsoft Reader], [Secure Adobe Reader] or [eReader] are available in that format as an encrypted file. Secure Microsoft Reader files can be read on PCs with Microsoft Reader 2.0, or on Pocket PC 2002 handheld devices. Secure Adobe Reader 7.0 files can be read on on PCs or Macs with the Adobe Reader 7.0 software, or on handheld devices running the PalmOS v3.0 or later with the Adobe Reader 7.0 software installed. eReader files can be read on PC or Macs with the Palm Reader software, or on handheld devices running the PalmOS or Pocket PC software. These Secure Formats use encryption technology, preventing copying. Top


Why does Fictionwise make this distinction?

The MultiFormat eBooks cover a wider variety of reading devices and platforms, but because they are not encrypted, many large trade publishers will not allow their eBooks to be sold in these formats.

While we prefer to offer eBooks in MultiFormat, we need to support secure formats that prevent unauthorized copying to give our members the widest possible selection, including national best-selling authors.   Top


What formats are available for MultiFormat eBooks and what devices can I read them on?

EBooks marked [MultiFormat] are available in as many as 12 different file formats, and are not encrypted. The great majority of our offerings are MultiFormat.

Important note: Even though these files are not encrypted, you are still bound by copyright law and may not distribute them to other people. EBooks you purchase are for your own personal use. Please do not violate copyright law.

12 formats are included for MultiFormat titles:

  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF) for Macintosh and PCs
  • Palm DOC (PDB) for Palm compatible devices
  • Palm iSilo (PDB) for Palm compatible devices
  • Microsoft Reader (LIT) for PC and PocketPC devices
  • Franklin eBookman (FUB) for Franklin eBookMan devices
  • Hiebook (KML) for Hiebook devices
  • Mobipocket (PRC) (currently available for Palm, PocketPC, Franklin eBookman devices, and Symbian-enabled cell phones)
  • Rocket (RB) for Rocket and REB/1100
  • eBookwise-1150 (IMP) for the eBookwise-1150 device
  • Sony Reader (LRF) for the Sony Reader PRS-500 and PRS-505
  • Kindle (MOBI) for the Amazon Kindle
  • REB 1200/GEB 2150 [.IMP] for the REB 1200 and REB 2150 devices

For information on downloading eBook reading software for these formats (all are free downloads or are included with their respective devices) see our Reading Devices FAQ. Top


Is every MultiFormat file type available for every MultiFormat eBook?

In most cases, yes, but there are some exceptions:

  • A relatively small number of our titles (mostly nonfiction) are only available in a limited number of formats. These are usually eBooks that have heavy graphical content that is not possible to render satisfactorily on the small screen of most handheld devices, such as childrens' picture books and our line of chess tutorial eBooks, which are only available in Acrobat and Microsoft Reader format for PCs and Macintosh computers. Again, any format restrictions are clearly marked on the eBook's description page.
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May I download more than one file type for MultiFormat eBooks?

Yes! When you purchase a MultiFormat eBook, you are allowed to download it in any format(s) you need for your own personal use. If you have two different devices you commonly read on (perhaps a PC as well as a Palm device) you are within your rights to download two different copies of the eBook for reading on those devices. If you change to a different device in the future, you can download your eBooks again for the new device. MultiFormat eBooks protect your investment in eBooks you buy from Fictionwise. Fictionwise is committed to supporting new formats that gain reasonable market share in the future, ensuring you will be able to read your eBooks no matter how standards change down the road. Top


Where do I get reader software for different eBook formats?

Reader software either comes with the device or is a free download. See our Reading Devices FAQ for information and links to download eBook reading application software, information on how to upload eBook files to your device, and other important information that is specific to one format or one reading device. Top


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