What is kepub format

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Kepub is a term used to describe the eBook format designed for Kobobooks.

The Kobo company has developed their own variation on standard ePubs. Kobo eReaders have an SQLite database that helps them read and manage books that come from their bookstore or another bookstore that has adopted their format. In some cases the books downloaded from their web store will be stored directly in this database and in other cases the books will be stored separately but will be referenced and managed from the database.

The application used to read these eBooks is called Nickel. It is the only reading application on a Kobo Device and can read ePub as well as PDF and CBZ formats. It is capable of working with Adobe DRM. It is also available as Kobo eReading Apps for a wide variety of platforms. While the application can read both kepub and ePub there are differences. For example the kepub can now be coded to meet the ePub 3 standard.

Kobobooks stores can also sell ePub books which can be read on any device that supports ePub. The user will need to ensure which formats are available for a particular book. Regular ePub support uses Adobe's RMSDK engine while Kobo ePub support uses NetFront's ACCESS engine.

Note that a kepub formatted book needs the extension to be .kepub.epub, that is two extensions. Otherwise it will not recognize the book as different from a normal epub.

Read more about kepub here: MobileRead Wiki - Kepub
 

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