In just the past couple of years, eBooks and readers have become all the rage. It started with Amazon’s Kindle then Barn’s and Noble’s Nook book. Apple’s iPad also has an eReader on it and now you can read eBooks on practically any device, including your computer or smartphone.
Wading into this new trend is the MobiPocket, or just Mobi as some like to call it; a product that is a little more difficult to pin down than is a Kindle, Nook or iPad. It’s a software product, not hardware, but it runs on all of the hardware readers out there. It’s also an eBookstore and cite that people can visit to buy, read or just talk with other users. In short, it’s a sort of phenomena, more than anything else.
And the best thing about it, is that it’s free. Yep, totally free of charge. If you want it, you just go to their site and download the software onto whatever sort of device you own; though the process for doing so is different for different devices.
For example, say you have a book you’ve written and it’s in Word format, and your friend wants to read it on his Kindle. No problem, all he has to do is email you the book in its native format, and then once you have it on your computer, you can drag it, using Window’s File Manager, to Mobi’s main screen, drop it, and poof, just like that, it is automatically converted to a format that your Kindle can read and is promptly displayed on the screen for you to read. And what’s more, it is saved in a format that can be read on the actual Kindle as well, so you can move it from your computer to your Kindle and then read it while you sit outside in the backyard sipping tea. It’s just that easy.
Like the hardware readers, Mobi has a menu system for keeping track and accessing books you’ve purchased or are currently reading. It’s divided into three sections: Your bookshelf, stores you can buy eBooks from, and reading devices you have that Mobi can send converted content to with the click of a mouse.
Again, all this is free.
In addition to the menu, there are also several filters for helping you wade through your collection of books once you’ve amassed more than you can browse through, and tool that allows you to view your material in several different ways; sort of like Windows file manager.
All in all, there is nothing but good news regarding the Mobi, it’s fast, free, and allows anyone to read an eBook that has any of the various devices supported. It’s a bridge of sorts, between all the different hardware eReaders out there, and a very good one at that.