We're presently in the beginning of a technological explosion in the world of EBooks or electronic publishing.
IF you are new to EBooks, you are not alone. A brief search on the internet, or a quick perusal of the magazine rack in your favorite place to purchase written reading material will provide countless articles about this subject. But take heart, because despite the turmoil, there is a good bit of solid ground to stand on, so delving into this realm is nothing to fear.
I decided to see what one source had to say about EBooks and have taken the liberty to copy their definition below:
"An electronic book (variously, e-book, eBook, digital book) is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices. Sometimes the equivalent of a conventional printed book, e-books can also be born digital. The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as "an electronic version of a printed book," but e-books can and do exist without any printed equivalent. E-books are usually read on dedicated e-book readers. Personal computers and some mobile phones can also be used to read e-books. [Courtesy of Wikipedia]
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At the moment, Amazon and Barnes & Noble are two of the biggest players in the eBook market. Amazon's EBooks require the use of their reader called the Kindle®, and Barnes And Noble EBooks require the use of their reader called the Nook®.
If you are in the process of identifying the best one for your needs, one of the most important things to consider is the selection of books. And perhaps even how comfortable you are on their web sites. Find friends or family members who own one of these and ask their opinions. Touch and try out the devices as well.
Below is a general list of some popular devices and the suggested best formats suited for those devices. The below formats are available at Desert Breeze Publishing
- iPad and iPhone: ePub
- Android phones: ePub
- Sony eReaders: ePub
- Kobo: ePub
- Amazon Kindle alternative format: .mobi
- Barnes and Noble Nook alternative format: ePub
- Laptops - desktops and Macs: HTML, Adobe PDF
Blind or visually impaired readers may want to read using the .pdf format. The Accessible Adobe Reader is a free program and will read PDF documents using any voices installed on your computer. To download the free accessible version of Adobe Reader, go to: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/products/reader/
Note: Before beginning the download, take notice of the checkbox asking if you want to install the Google toolbar. It is checked by default.
It appears the EBook revolution is here to stay, and if you doubt this statement, talk to any young person or teenager and you'll see how natural this technology is for them to use. And since these young people represent the consumer of the future, we should pay close attention.