Posted by: kurtsh | August 15, 2011

RELEASE: Free Microsoft Press eBooks available in Amazon Kindle & Barnes & Noble Nook format

imageWe recently released a bunch of the Microsoft Press books that we have available for free in two new formats:

  1. Amazon ‘Kindle’ (MOBI)
  2. Barnes & Noble ‘Nook’ (ePUB)

Here’s the titles that just got published:

  • Programming Windows Phone 7 by Charles Petzold (EPUB, MOBI)
  • Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 by Patrice Pelland, Pascal Paré, and Ken Haines (EPUB, MOBI)
  • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner (EPUB, MOBI)
  • Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker with the Windows Server Team at Microsoft (EPUB, MOBI)
  • Own Your Future, Update Your Skills with Resouces and Career Ideas from Microsoft by Katherine Murray(EPUB, MOBI)

[taken from the Microsoft Press blog]

From time to time Microsoft Press has been pleased to offer free downloadable eBooks available as either PDF or XPS files. We are now very happy to announce that five of these same eBooks can be downloaded in two additional formats, DRM-free EPUB and MOBI. These new formats enable you to read these eBooks on ereaders such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Of course these files can also be read with ereading apps for the various devices (and other reading applications like Adobe Digital Editions) on netbooks, laptops, and desktop PCs. The key difference between these formats and the previously-offered PDF and XPS files is that the text is “reflowable,” meaning that it recomposes depending on the width of the screen (or as you resize a Window). For reading on Kindles, Kindle apps, or the Mobipocket readers for various devices, use the MOBI files. For reading on most other ereaders and ereading apps, including Nook, Sony, and iPad, as well as on PCs, use the EPUB files.


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