Whats the deal with Ebooks?

by : Jack Robbins

What’s the deal with ebooks?

What is an ebook? For those who don’t know, its basically an electronic book. It can contain text, graphics/pictures and web links. Therefore it is quite a dynamic book. Browsing the internet you can will find many ebooks in the self-help, self-motivation and advice category. Another category is business manual’s, many of these offer marketing tips or promotional material. A third area would be educational, such as reference, research and textbooks. Then you have the fiction market, Websites like Barnes and noble have abandoned their ebook stores for lack of sales and profit. Perhaps their focus was wrong or the public are not ready for the digital novel. The problem with books we read for fun is people still like to hold a book rather than an electronic gadget. Something to read while taking a bath. it’s a matter of the publics perspective. With messy issue of digital rights many ebooks are copy protected, unlike its paper cousin you cant just lend it out to your circle of friends. Though some sites have abandoned the ebook at present, there are still sites that stock ebooks like Amazon.com , a typical price would be $2.50(?1.36) Another good site is Fictionwise.com, they have an extensive rage of ebooks by establish authors. A n extensive (over 10,000) source of free ebooks can be found at project Gutenberg ( www.gutenberg.net ). Find a list of more ebook stores at the end of the article. Ebooks come in a few different formats Microsoft reader and mobipocket are two common formats you can use to read on your pc or PDA/pocket pc. There are other formats like Adobe ebook, some are specific to a device. Visit www.ebookmall.com/choose-format/ for a list of different formats.

Its like everyone and anybody is writing ebooks , so you may ask the question: Could I write one? Well that could be a whole other article, there are plenty of ebooks on how to write an ebook. If you have an interesting subject, expertise or a good story there is no reason why you couldn’t write one. You could promote it yourself with your own website, or publish it through an established site. ( www.lulu.com )

So how useful are ebooks? Are they the future of modern reading? For those reading for fun such as novels, it doesn’t seem to appeal to the majority of people. But maybe as technology progresses it will become more appealing and easier to use. Some in the meantime be inclined to read short stories or serialised pulp fiction. But most will stick to the traditional printed book. In other circles though the ebook may excel, storing text books and reference material in a digital format will useful to business men/women and students alike. Not only what the weight be easier, but searching for a particular passage or related information could be done in moments. Perhaps the ebook isn’t integrated into society yet but its here to stay.



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