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Microsoft Reader is dead

Yesterday I learnt the .lit format e-books in my collection will be unreadable when Microsoft closes its Reader e-book service next year. While paper books may not last forever, they don’t suddenly become unreadable when someone elsewhere in the world clicks a mouse. When I heard Microsoft Reader was closing I reinstalled the software. I […]

Death of Microsoft Reader shows ebook flaw

Microsoft’s decision to kill its Reader ebook software is no surprise. When it launched in 2000, Microsoft Reader wasn’t bad. Reader used Microsoft’s ClearType font technology to make text more readable on the relatively low-resolution screens common at the time. Over the years Reader was neglected. Other ebook formats – often built around hardware – […]