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.lit File Extension

Developer: Microsoft Corporation
File type: eBook File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .lit. Files with the file extension .lit can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .lit files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .lit file?

The LIT file extension is used for an eBook file created by Microsoft Corporation. eBook is the electronic version of any book whose content is taken or downloaded from the web and usually read via a computer or an eBook reader. It is also known by other names like electronic book, e-editions and digital book. eBook represents also a software application that is installed to a computer or any reading devices. This software is called Microsoft Reader, a program solely created for this purpose by Microsoft and released to the public in 2000. Microsoft Reader uses .LIT (literature) formats when viewed by users. .LIT is the extension of compressed html format by Microsoft. The features of Microsoft reader include quick note taking, highlighting, text notes, searching, increased readability on small screens and plug-in which enables eBooks to be read aloud (text-to-speech). There were several hardwares that came out in 1998 which utilized Microsoft Reader but were not readily accepted. At present, there are updated models of eBook readers that are being offered for use and with added features.

how to open a .lit file?

Launch a .lit file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .lit file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .lit files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .lit file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .lit file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .lit file association errors

applications that open a .lit file



Fiction Book is an E-book format that is XML-based. It has open and free format implementing multiple software and hardware. It is free from DMR [Digital Rights Management]. Unicode is supported. Poetry, quotes, organized text structures, subtitles, footnotes, references, JPEG and PNG images, subtitles [not seen on table of contents] may be found in the documents. Font formats include bold or strong, italic or emphasized, subscript, superscript, strikethrough and program code. Files used in Fiction Book have the .fb2 format. It describes the structure rather than the appearance of the document. The file includes metadata such as title, name of the author and publisher. This format makes it convenient for managing, indexing and automatic processing of your E-book collection, and allows conversion to other formats. Programs that support FB2 are with ooofbtools plug-in for Mac, Cool Reader, PyBookReader, KDE Okular, with ooofbtools plug-in and Calibre for Linux, Haali FictionBook Tools, Haali Reader, Calibre, Cool Reader, Athenaeum and fb2utils for Windows.


Calibre is an e-book library management software of e-books. It has multiple features that includes Library management, E-book conversion, Syncing to E-book reader devices, Downloading and Converting news into e-book format, Comprehensive e-book viewer and Content Server for online access to book collections. Library Management helps in managing e-book collection and is designed using the concept of the logical book. The E-book conversion converts and supports all major e-book formats, it can also rescale all font sizes, ensure that the output of e-books are readable and automatically creates and detects book structures. It features Syncing to e-book devices features a modular device driver design that adds support to different e-reader devices, it also supports updates of metadata on the device from metadata in the library and creates a collection on the device from tags which are described in the library. Calibre automatically gets news from Websites and RSS feeds and formats it into an e-book which is uploaded into a device that is connected. It has a built-in viewer that is capable of displaying major ebook formats and support table of contents, CSS, reference mode, bookmarks, searching, copying, printing and customizing rendering through the use of style sheets and embedded fonts.
Microsoft Reader

Microsoft Reader

Microsoft Reader is a Microsoft program that was developed for viewing the content of e-books, and this software was initially introduced in August 2000. It features patented ClearType display technology that revolutionizes on-screen reading, and it can add electronic bookmarks as well as use them in powerful ways. This software has an improved navigation interface that allows users to quickly and easily move through the sections of an e-book with the keyboard, mouse or stylus. It has library management features, which can catalogue all e-books in a personalized homepage, and Microsoft Reader can find or search for text in any e-book. The Microsoft Reader application can also be used by users to add notes or comments to any page of an e-book. This program is also integrated with improved font sizing features, which can be implemented to create large-print eBooks with a single command. Microsoft Reader can create free-form drawings on the pages of an unprotected or unencrypted e-book. This software is able to rotate and resize and take full advantage of Tablet or Windows Mobile devices in landscape or portrait modes. Microsoft Reader users can also store all annotations in a single location and can zoom in to get a close-up view of graphics and pictures integrated into an e-book. Microsoft Reader users can highlight a word or a passage in an e-book. Microsoft Reader also has dictionary features that allow users to look up words and its definitions. It can also be installed in a Pocket PC, where it has been built into the ROM since Windows CE 3.0. Microsoft Reader is unsupported by newer Windows 7 mobile phone devices, but it is compatible with Windows Mobile. Microsoft Reader is implemented with support for e-books that are in the LIT format. The PC version of this application also has an optional plug-in for text-to-speech, which means when Microsoft Reader is integrated with this plug-in, it can convert the text content of an e-book into spoken audio. In August 2011, Microsoft announced they were discontinuing both Microsoft Reader and the use of the .lit file format for e-books at the end of August 2012, and closing sales of the format on November 8, 2011.
Convert LIT Mac

Convert LIT Mac

ConvertLIT is a free, open source software used for extracting files from the e-book format that allows users to either down convert or inscribe files from Lit. It operates in three modes, first would be the Explosion that expands .LIT files into a compliant package like the OEBPS. To explode files with ConvertLit, users should type using this format convertlit \ this will explode a .LIT file into a directory. The second mode of operation of the software is the .LIT file DOWNCONVERTING to a sealed or DRM1 file format that would enable files to be read in handheld devices. To downconvert a file, users should type in using this format convertlit after this, users will be able to use their mobile devices to read .LIT files. The third mode of operation is the INSCRIBING of a .LIT file to allow labeling of e-books. The format to execute this is very similar to downconvert, it only needs and additional command, user should type in convertlit and they will be able to label using inscribing command. DRM5 only functions with keys.txt files containing the private keys for passports in the converlit program or the preferred directory.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .lit files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .lit. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.

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