What is a PRC file?
The .PRC file is a file format used by the Mobipocket e-reader software for storing eBooks, e-newspapers, and other digital publications. Mobipocket is a software platform that allows users to read and organize digital content on a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and e-readers.
The .PRC file format is based on the PalmDOC file format, which was originally developed for Palm Pilot devices. The format supports a wide range of text, graphics, and multimedia content, and is designed to be highly compressed for efficient storage and distribution.
How to open PRC file?
To open a .PRC file, you will need to have an e-reader or reading app that supports the Mobipocket format. There are a number of e-reader apps available for desktop and mobile devices that support Mobipocket, including Calibre, Kindle for PC, and FBReader. Once you have installed an e-reader app, you can simply open the .PRC file using the app, and the content of the file should be displayed for you to read.
It’s worth noting that the .prc file format has largely been replaced by the newer .mobi and .azw formats, which are also used by the Mobipocket platform. If you encounter a .prc file that you cannot open, you may need to convert it to a different format using a tool like Calibre or the Amazon Kindle Convert software.
Difference between PalmDOC and PRC
The PalmDOC file format and the .PRC file format are closely related, as .prc files are essentially a container format for PalmDOC files. The PalmDOC file format was originally developed for Palm Pilot devices in the late 1990s. It is a simple format that is designed to be highly compressed, so that large amounts of text can be stored on devices with limited storage capacity. PalmDOC files are essentially plain text files that have been compressed using a proprietary compression algorithm.
The .PRC file format was developed later, and is used to package and distribute content for the Mobipocket e-reader software. .prc files can contain multiple PalmDOC files, along with images, HTML, and other multimedia content. The .prc format also includes support for bookmarks, annotations, and other features that are not available in the PalmDOC format.
While the PalmDOC format is primarily associated with Palm Pilot devices, it has been used by a number of other e-reader devices and software platforms over the years. The .prc format is now largely deprecated, having been replaced by the newer .mobi and .azw formats that are used by Amazon’s Kindle platform. However, some older e-reader devices and software may still support .prc files, and it is possible to convert .prc files to other formats using software tools like Calibre or the Amazon Kindle Convert software.