@David – There are numerous reasons why authors may chose not to make their work available in multiple formats; plagiarism and copyright theft being two reasons.
Only recently did someone here steal an entire book of mine and publish it in its entirety on Amazon! The reason they could do this was because I had made it available as both a PDF and a TXT file, which allows for copying/pasting into a new document.
The MOBI and EPUB formats make this much more difficult. Also, if a book has active hyperlinks, then formats other than MOBI, EPUB and PDF are redundant as the links will not work. In any event, this is the digital age; I am not expecting anyone to want to print out my works as some run to many hundreds of pages.
Being as these are ebooks, the idea is to read them either on hand-held readers or on a PC in applications such as “Kindle for the PC” and “Adobe Digital Editions,” specifically designed for those who do not own hand-held readers.
Even better is the “Calibre” application, which allows for PRINTING of ebooks from ALL formats.
Surely, as an editor, you are familiar with working with multiple open files? As an author, I work with multiple open files all the time. It is a necessary evil. Besides, searching through a digital book is much quicker than flipping through a pile of papers.
It’s different strokes for different folks, but I’m betting that most people want their books in digital form and not as printable documents.
However, if you do need a book in a specific format for whatever reason, I suggest you contact the author and request that they make the book available in the format you prefer. Most will oblige or even send you a coupon to download it in that format. Some may even email it to you, especially if it is marked as ‘free’.
I am no longer making my works available other than in the main industry standards as these now ALL allow for printing, copying and pasting, making all other formats unnecessary and redundant.
Thanks for taking the time to read this particular ebook and I hope this information helps you.
(review of free book)