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E-Books and Database Mobile Apps at the Cheng Library: Software and Formats

A guide to ebooks available at the Cheng Library.

Online Converters

2ePub (web based text to ePub converter)

online-convert (web based format converter)

Is your mobile phone compatible?

If you have a plain-text interface, or HTML, try one of the converters listed below to change it into EPUB format. EPUB is the most compatible format, and can be read by most devices.

If you are using the academic e-collections at Cheng Library, you'll notice that your download option is usually PDF. Good news! PDF can be read in iPads, Nooks, Kobos, Sony Readers and Kindles.

Software and Formats

Publishers and writers have many options when it comes to choosing a format for publication. Below is a small list of popular ebook formats.




·         Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe® Digital Editions software offers an engaging way to view and manage eBooks and other digital publications.

·         Bluefire Reader

Bluefire Reader is a free ereader app for PDF and EPUB content. Can be used by iPad and iPhone users to download titles from Ebooks @ Ebscohost.

·         Calibre

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books.

·         Kindle App

Amazon’s Kindle App is freely available for most PCs and mobile devices.

·         Microsoft Reader

Microsoft Reader is a free, downloadable software application that allows you to read eBooks on Windows-based devices you may already own.

·         Nook App

Barnes and Noble's Nook app is freely available for PC, Mac and most mobile devices.

·         Send to Kindle extension for Chrome

Send to Kindle is a Browser extension for Kindle owners who prefer reading web content on their devices. It’s designed to offer a quick way for pushing web content to Kindle, so you can read articles or news later on your device.

·         SIGIL - A WYSIWYG ebook editor

Takes personal documents and puts them into Ereaders



Amazon's propietary DRM restricted format. It is based on the Mobipocket standard, with its own DRM formatting. Ebooks brought on the Kindle over its wireless system called Whispernet.

·         epub

An open e-book standard created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). It features reflowable text, inline images and the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions. Google E-Books use epub. The EPUB form can be read by many e-reader devices, such as, Kobo eReader, iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader and more. This is the most compatible format.

·         pdf

A document sharing format created in the early 90s by Adobe Systems. It is best for highly formatted content and has the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions.

·         MOBI

A format primarily designed for PDAs and older mobile devices. It is based on the Open Book standard using XHTML and can include JavaScript.