So here’s the deal: whether you’re paying $80 for a Kindle 2019 or $290 for a Kindle Oasis, the software remains the same across all devices. So don’t worry about missing out on the Kindle experience; it’s still the same flawless reading experience you’re about to know and love.


Amazon’s famous for its unbeatable eBook store. It’s a self-sustaining thing, with readers flocking to Amazon for the sheer amount of available titles and publishers going out of their way to release their work to such a large market. Despite this, it’s not always a rosy process.

Aside from ePub, companies in the eReading game don’t follow a standard format. If America refuses to normalize the Celsius, Amazon fails to support the widespread use of ePub and Adobe DRM files.

Because of the lack of a standardized format in the eBook industry, choosing an eBook reader from a company also decides what ecosystem you’ll be working with. Buying a book with a Kindle now would mean that there’s a good chance it won’t be supported by any Kobo eBook readers you pick up later on.

Converting formats is possible, but there are several hoops you have to jump through, risking the quality of your files while you’re at it.

It’s only really Amazon that doesn’t support ePub files directly. But if you’re set on staying with the Kindle family, they have plenty of books under their belt to keep you satisfied. The strength of the store also assures you that they’re here to stay—you won’t have to worry about your Kindle no longer having a company to support it with, such as the case with smaller eBook companies.