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YOUR QUICK GUIDE TO EBOOKS

This guide has been developed to give you a quick guide to what an ebook is, what formats they are available, the positives and negatives of ebooks and from this hopefully get a better idea of how you want to create your own ebook

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What is an ebook?

An ebook is an electronic or digital book containing all the information that your regular hardback book would and can be sent electronically or digitally to your computer, mobile phone, handheld computer and can sent by email, downloaded straight from a website, or downloaded on to your mobile phone via bluetooth,  infrared, media messages or cable.

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What are the advantages of ebooks?

An ebook can go wherever you can go as long as you have a laptop or mobile with you. Maybe your going on holiday and you want to take some books, imagine how much space that takes up in your suitcase.
Ebooks take up no physical space, just the memory on your laptop or mobile (which is minimal).
Ebooks may be good for professionals who may have important documents they need to have during their work time, students who may need access to books for quick and easy revision or just people who enjoy reading lots of books without the burden and back-ache of carrying hardbacks around. Maybe your house’s décor is minimalist, then there’s no room for books except where they can’t be seen (and I don’t mean in the garage or loft).
Ebooks are more up to date and current than hardcopies as there are no time delays from writing to being on the shelf
Ebooks are also inexpensive because there are no printing or shipping fees, so an ideal investment for people in business trying to get information out to customers and ebooks. Just imagine how many ebooks you could buy for the price of hardback!
Ebooks are easy to send to far-fled places worldwide via email, the web and mobile connection. So NO POSTAGE AND PACKAGING TO PAY!! Yippie! And you can receive them within seconds!
Ebooks are easy to navigate and you can print some, all or just a selection of pages if printing is enabled by thepublisher
Ebooks have the added bonus of supporting Video clips, Sound clips, animations, hyperlinks and more…

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What are the disadvantages of ebooks?

An ebook Doesn’t have the smell as a freshly printed hardcopy
If you like to display your collection on a well-lit shelf  then your stuck here
An ebook may be more susceptible to copyright infringement
Ebooks may get damaged in transit (however, I’ve received a few hardbacks with ruffled edges
If you like to flick through a book or document in a leisurely time on your sun-lounger it may not have the same feeling as a hardcopy
A hardcopy never runs out of battery

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Most popular ebook formats explained…

1) PDF or Portable Document Format (Adobe Acrobat)

The Advantages include:

Most computers and systems support PDF e.g. Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix
Adobe Reader is free
Support high quality graphics
Support audio and video clips
You can view the documents in different sizes
Pages can be printed (as long as this hasn’t been disabled by the publisher)
Page flicking is very easy due to thumbnails and bookmarks

PDF can also be viewed on your mobile or palm system via Adobe Ebook viewer. This is similar, but formatted for smaller screen like LCD.

The Disadvantages include:

Publishers can enable the no-printing security setting to help guard their copyright, which means you are unable to print off your document
Some documents are created by the newest versions of Acrobat, which means if your computer is old it may not be able to support the newest versions


2) Word (Microsoft)

The Advantages include:

Is one of the most widely used word processors in the world, so you’re guaranteed most of the population use it
Has all the features that you expect from a word processor
Has the capability, if you’ve got the magic touch to create some very good graphics
You can print off any document


The Disadvantages include:

Security of your document is not as good as Adobe which can make it harder to control your copyright

3) HTML or  HyperText Markup Language

The Advantages include:

It is the basic component of web pages and web-based formats
It can support many features such as graphics, sounds, video, java, animations, flash and much more
If you can’t understand HTML language there are many programs that will help you design your pages and then convert your designs to HTML for you

The Disadvantages include:

HTML documents (ebooks) have no security settings
HTML can be take a while to master if you want to build something up from root language

4) Plain Text

The Advantages include:

Until technology evolves, this is still the most widely used format
This format will take up the least memory of any ebook
The text can be copied in to any type of word processor
You can print the text off in any processor and arrange layout as you wish

The Disadvantages include:

There are no security settings
There is very little room for stylising your document
Will only support text


4) Other Formats and programs include:

Microsoft Reader
Palm Reader
Palm DOC
Instant ebook
Embiid
Gemstar ebook
Hiebook
DjVu
Desktop Author
Post Script


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I Hope This Helps

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