Books (and the way they are read) haven’t changed much over the last few hundred years, but a transformation is now under way. E-books are emerging, and they can be a good way of digesting some written material.
The term Ebook can often be confusing to new PC users, even the word itself, is represented in different ways, sometimes with capital letters, sometimes with a hyphen as well, but, very generally, an Ebook is an electronic book (variously: e-book, eBook, e-Book, ebook, digital book, or even e-edition).
It is downloaded straight onto your PC or laptop for you to view at leisure.
E-readers (devices which enable you to read your e-book) come in different formats and the technology is still evolving, so be careful about the one you buy.
They are available from manufacturers including Sony, Amazon and Kubo. Some people also use tablet computers (such as Apple's iPad) as e-readers.
You’ll need to check that the book you want to read is compatible with the e-reader you’re going to choose, otherwise you might end up with an ebook that you can't read!
The only downside of an e-book is when you want to lend it to a friend. If you like to lend and borrow books, then you may yet be better off with a good old-fashioned paper edition.
So will ebooks ever replace printed books?
I hope not, at least not in my lifetime. Being an avid reader for years, I am one who finds the feel and smell of a book part of the whole experience of reading.
However I also embrace progress and anticipate the future with excitement. Ebooks are delivered almost instantaneously. You can purchase, download and start reading them within minutes, without leaving your chair.
You don't have to go to a bookstore to buy them, neither wait for them for days, weeks and sometimes more to arrive in the mail.
Travel. If you’re on the go a lot, you know how heavy regular titles are, particularly if you intend to finish one book while you are out and need to bring another book with you. eBooks allow you to bring a whole library with you wherever you go. You can switch between titles with ease and the weight is lighter than a standard paperback.
Those who own a lot of books know how much space they can take up, but with a reader, your bookshelf is located on a small handheld device, your computer or on both. This will save you a lot of storage space and also means you have a backup online if something happens to your books.
Night reading. If you read in bed, an eBook may be a good option as many readers come with built-in reading lights. These are easy to use and won’t get in the way like the lights attached to actual books do.
E-books therefore offer accessibility, flexibility, and searchability in ways print cannot. E-Books can benefit you whether you are a Teacher, Student, Researcher or just read for fun and pleasure.