When I am loading up eBooks onto my iPhone, Microsoft LIT files are my favorite. For those of you new to the eBook scene, Microsoft LIT is the eBook format used for Microsoft Reader on the PC and Windows Mobile. There used to be a Microsoft eBook store that sold DRM-locked LIT books, just like eReader/Fictionwise/Amazon. You can still purchase LIT eBooks from online stores such as Powell’s or Diesel, but on the whole they are getting harder and harder to find.
I have a ton of non-DRM LIT files that I have converted from text (mostly Project Gutenberg classics) or downloaded from manybooks.net, and they just read so beautifully in Stanza. I never have any issues with weird spacing or line breaks that look fine on my computer but horrible on the phone, which I have run into with plain text files and other formats.
The more LIT files I load onto my iPhone, the more I have grown to love the way they look. I barely ever used MS Reader files when I was reading eBooks on my Pocket PC, and now I wish I had appreciated them when they were around. I never thought I’d say it, but I’m a little sad that LIT as an eBook format is being phased out.
I’m apparently not the only one; Mike Cane at The eBook Test seems to agree with me! eBooks formatted in LIT just feel more like actual BOOKS. Sometimes you’ll have a weird hyphen or spacing issue here and there, but overall I feel like LIT just renders things better. Tables, indented block quotes, pictures with text wrapping–they’re all rendered in a way that makes you feel more like you’re reading a traditional printed page.
I’ve heard that the Kindle isn’t always 100% perfect in handling formatting issues, which is one of the small things that makes me pause before purchasing one. I’ve also started experimenting with converting eBooks I have to Kindle format, just to see if I’ll run into any problems with my existing library. So far so good, but I don’t have a Kindle to test them on! I’ll be interested to see how they look going from LIT to the Kindle format.
Am I one of the few weirdos with a favorite eBook format? I just don’t want to give up the beautiful book-like experience I’ve been having with my LIT files in Stanza on the iPhone. I never thought a small eBook reader could have books that look so good. Anyone else concerned about keeping the formatting integrity of their library from format to format (for the non-DRM’ed books)?
via The eBook Test