eBooks


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What is an ebook?   lost symbol




An eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book that you can read by using a personal computer or by using an eBook reader or ereader. An eBook reader can be a software application for use on your computer, such as Microsoft’s free Reader application, or a book-sized computer that you use solely as a reading device, an ereader.



You can purchase eBooks on CD, but by far the most popular method of getting an eBook is to download the file of the eBook (or other reading   material) from a website to be read from the your computer or reading device. Generally, you can download an ebook in five minutes or less.



Some eBooks can be downloaded for free or at reduced cost, however, prices for many eBooks – especially bestsellers – are similar to those of printed books.



What are the advantages of ebooks?


Speed: providing the title you want is available, you can download the ebook immediately 
harry potterPortability: you can carry a number of books on one device – ideal for travellers.  
Print on demand: books need no longer go out of print 
Interactivity: with many ereaders you can also take notes, underline, bookmark pages, search and gain extra information through hyperlinks 
Personalisation: the back-lighting and font size can be increased – ideal for the visually impaired 
Add-ons: many ebooks have searchable text, dictionaries or other features 
Open market: by publishing electronically, writers can bypass the publishing process 
Environmentally friendly: paper-free books save trees



What are the disadvantages of ebooks?


• The number of books available in ebook format is still quite limited 
time traveller• If downloaded on to a computer, ebooks cannot be printed out
• Many ebooks are not yet available in a Mac-friendly format



How much does an ebook cost?


They are generally cheaper than paperbacks. There is no delivery charge and, if you’re downloading them on to your computer, the software is free. Plans to bring the cost down even further are being considered. There are also many sites were you can download ebooks free.



Where can I get free ebooks


There are many websites offering free ebooks. These ebooks are mainly “out-of-copyright” books by authors such as Dickens.the firm


My favourite sites for free ebooks are


Free-ebooks.net


Feedbooks


ManyBooks.Net