If I have a specific e-reader device, do I need to purchase from a specific retailer?

In most cases, no. Generally speaking, an eBook will be readable on a range of devices, however do keep in mind:

  • This is not always the case. eBooks purchased via the iBookstore (Apple) can only be viewed on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
  • In some cases you need to install additional software to do this. For example, you can read eBooks from many retailers (such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble) on your iPad, however you must first download the relevant app (such as Kindle or NOOK).
  • While an eBook you buy from one retailer may be readable on numerous devices, they are often optimized for a specific device.

Check out the table on the eBooks page which outlines the various eBook retailers and compatible devices.

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