12 years ago, Microsoft announced their newest app: Microsoft Reader. It’d be more surprising if you’ve ever used the program than if you’ve never heard of it, and no wonder. There was hardly any market for eBooks back then.
Fast-forward to today, and there’s an embarrassment of riches in the eBook world. You can buy almost any book you can think of – or get a free copy of older books – in just seconds. Thanks to the great reading devices we have today – smartphones, tablets, ultraportable laptops, and eInk readers – it seems there’s no reason not to use eBooks today. They’re convenient, relatively cheap, and let you start reading almost instantly.
The only problem is, to use eBooks you pretty much have to lock yourself into an ecosystem. Buy a Kindle book, and you’ll have to use a Kindle device or one of their apps to read it. Same goes for B&N’s Nook, Apple’s iBooks, and most other eBook stores. There are a number of publishers, especially tech publishers, who are selling their works DRM free in standard formats, but for the most part, you need to pick an eBook ecosystem and stick with it.
That’s why we’re wondering, what eBook store do you frequent the most? I personally buy DRM-free whenever possible (and prefer to get PDF and ePub copies of books), but when I’m buying a book from a store, it’s always the Kindle store since its apps work everywhere I need. How about you?