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PRC file format

File extension
.prc
File category
Description
The PRC is an eBook file format created by Mobipocket, a French company incorporated in 2000. Mobipocket started the company with the flagship eBook MOBI file format. The PRC file format is quite similar to the MOBI format used on mobile phones, Palmtop devices, and PC operating systems. However, PRC files are used exclusively for palmtop devices that support PRC or PDB extensions. The Mobipocket Reader program can be used to view PRC files on a PC. Amazon Kindle reading devices can also view eBooks with the .prc extension; so far, the file is not protected; this compatibility is possible because Amazon.com acquired Mobipocket.com in 2005.
Technical details
PRC eBook format is structured on the XHTML framework of webpages; it equally supports inline frames of images and Javascript – to specify text styling. The PRC format supports Digital Rights Management, which protects commercial pictures and tables from pirated reproduction. Many users who prefer reading eBooks in the .prc form do so because such files support activities like adding notes, bookmarking, corrections, and annotations. Many eBook formats exclude images because of the bandwidth requirement to read such files; however, PRC format optimizes pictures and other elements such that eBook with pictures and other supposedly massive files can be read on low bandwidth devices.
Programs
Mobipocket Reader Desktop
Amazon Kindle
Apple iBooks
Developer
Mobipocket