Why not offer other eBook file formats, like Microsoft Reader or Palm Reader?

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Why not offer other eBook file formats, like Microsoft Reader or Palm Reader?

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Two reasons: 1.) Formatting problems; 2.) Increased workload. Companies, like Microsoft, offer conversion software which appear to easily change a document into their eBook file format. However, the end result is uneven and sloppy–and requires a tremendous amount of clean-up work. In the future, we hope the driving forces behind eBook publishing will create a truly open, cross-platform standard which all eBook publishing tools can utilize. There are simply too many proprietary formats on the market, requiring huge amounts of extra work. We do not have time to create three or more separate document types, eg. tweaking and reformatting to generate other specialized eBook file types. By offering a generic .odt (OpenDocument Text) file, users themselves can save into other formats for use on their reader of choice. However, the formatting within the original .odt file will be lost and require extra work, if desired. It is an option to those wanting to read our eBooks on the software reade

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