‘E-books’, almost eponymously these days, are electronic books. Just like emails, e-books are digital manifestations of the traditional medium of publication. E-books, if you will, are ‘soft copies’ of the same classic hard copy books you know and love.
E-books are increasingly common in today’s world, coinciding with the rise of mobile devices such as smart phones or specifically designed ebook readers (more on this later). Together, these technologies provide a much more portable and convenient means of reading books.
E-books are also different to smart phones in that they incorporate a special ‘e-ink’ display, which emulates normal paper. E-ink does not require a backlight to be seen and looks almost identical to a normal printed page. E-ink is thus also easier on the eyes, so to speak, and looks more pleasant than a traditional electronic display.
E-book readers can be carried around everywhere and possess similar qualities to that of normal books. The main difference lies in the form factor and lightweight.
Despite the great concept behind e-books, many individuals argue that e-books and related technologies pose a threat to the fast diminishing book and magazine market. Although it may be true that e-books will eventually phase our printed works, e-books allow for faster and cheaper distribution, thus keeping the publishers and authors in business.
Now comes the issue of ebook readers. Basically, these are handheld devices designed for one use only – to read ebooks. You may ask what the difference between these devices and smart phones may be. Well for starters, the leading ebook readers are quite a bit cheaper than the leading smart phones. The amazon kindle will set you back £69 with millions of books in the kindle store.
Ebooks are the way for the future and are great for everyone who loves to read.