is An eBook and Why Would You Want One?
An eBook is an electronic book, one
you read digitally on your computer, laptop screen or on devices
called ebook readers.
You will find them in various formats and until the industry has
a standard accessible in all devices these various formats will
PDF format is a popular format for ebooks. All platforms are able
to gain access and read PDF formatting. So regardless if you have
a PC or Mac, you are in business! PDF requires the Acrobat Reader
but this software comes on many new computers and if not included,
it's a free downloaded from Adobe http://www.adobe.com.
There are still many who prefer printing out the pages of an ebook
to read and PDF files have always been good for this purpose. Visit
the IRS online and you will see every tax form they have available
on PDF to print, fill out and send.
Other popular formats include:
HTML (which can be read on your computer screen, laptop or converted
to read on the previously manufactured Nuvomedia Rocket eBook reader)
Microsoft LIT (requires the free Microsoft Reader installed on your
computer, laptop or Pocket PC 2002 device)
Hiebook - KML - For the newest eBook reader available. This unit
is manufactured in Korea and there is limited distribution in the
US and Canada
So, why would you want an ebook? As you discover this new industry
with your surfing over the Internet, you will discover ePublishers
and eBookstores gradually growing in numbers. Take a look at what
they offer and what they have to say about their authors and titles.
Thousands upon thousands of authors write books yearly. Of those,
a small percentage have the good fortune of being accepted by a
publisher. This is not because they don't make the grade, but because
of the vast numbers.
The Internet is a wide open medium. Excellent, talented authors
can take their books to the Net, market/promote and sell those books
themselves. Others are coming to the growing epublishing houses
and taking that route. It is guaranteed as you journey through the
epublishing world, you are going to find outstanding, spell-binding,
and top-class works, which are well worth the read.
Will ebooks replace printed books? I sure hope not, at least not
in my lifetime. Being a writer and avid reader for years, I am one
who finds the feel and smell of a book part of the whole experience
of reading. Everything I write is still with pen and paper initially
and although double the work (almost) to type it into the computer,
I can create only with that pen in hand.
Yet I also embrace progress and anticipate the future with excitement.
Our children are the ones who will comfortably slide into this world.
Already they are at ease working on computers, doing research for
homework, writing papers, let alone just surfing the Internet. Imagine
a child having just one e-reader to carry to school where all the
text books they need are stored within that one unit. No more backpacks
or bookbags to lug around, be left on the bus or lost somewhere
between school and home. Once the e-readers' price drops to $50
and the kids start showing up with them, it will become the cool
thing to have. Five years ago you didn't see numerous people with
cell phones and now it is common place. In time you will see these
from the grade schools all through college.
So, why would you want an ebook? To experience a new wave of the
future, to discover new and exciting authors and their stories/subjects,
to embrace what lies around the next corner and be a part of its