The Microsoft Reader® is free software.|
Microsoft Reader is a versatile format that can be read on a standard (Windows) desktop PC or laptop and on handheld devices like PocketPCs.
Microsoft Reader uses ClearType technology which is designed to
increase the clarity of type on color LCD screens. For this
reason, Microsoft Reader eBooks will look better on laptops than on
desktop PCs using a standard monitor.
your Windows based desktop or laptop PC can be used as long as you have Windows 95 or above
as your operating system.
your handheld device, can be used as long as the operating system is 3.0 or above.
The PocketPC supports ClearType
technology which improves readability. Read
this for more information about ClearType
cannot read highly encrypted Microsoft Reader files. Microsoft is working on a
way for future Pocket PCs to handle these files. So, current
PocketPC users will only be able to read lower level encrypted
eBooks. To avoid confusion, we have marked
all of our Microsoft Reader titles that cannot be read on
PocketPC as "MS Reader (Desktop Only)".
offers publishers the opportunity to encrypt their eBook files
so that they can't be illegally copied and given away for
free. Some publishers use encryption, some don't. There are
different levels of encryption, but only level 5 encrypted
titles are limited to two devices. As noted above, we have
designated these titles as "MS Reader (Desktop Only)".
For more information about Microsoft
Reader encryption, read
The Adobe Acrobat® Reader is free, and freely distributable, software that lets you view
and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
PDF (abbreviated on our site as "PDF") is a well-known and
popular format for reading documents on your computer screen.
PDF is easy to read and print and is an ideal format for
documents on the web or for reading on your desktop computer.
The software to read PDF files is Adobe Acrobat Reader and is
available free for Windows, Mac and Unix computers. The
biggest drawback of PDF is its inability to re-flow text for
different size devices (although there have been rumors that
Adobe is working on a re-flowable version of PDF).
Currently you're limited to using your desktop or
laptop PC to read PDF titles. The good news is that software
exists for a variety of operating systems and is free. If you
don't need the portability of a handheld device, PDF may be
the format for you.
many forms of encryption available for PDF files. Most of the
encryption schemes limit the use of the file to one device
(computer) so that files cannot be copied and sent to other
consumers. Adobe has a built-in feature of Acrobat Reader
Buy (you need Acrobat Reader version 4.05 or higher).