Even though they have been around in some form or other for around half a century and overtook hardcovers in net sales revenue at the beginning of 2012 in the U.S. (according to the report by the Association of American Publishers), the world of eBooks still remains an unexplored territory shrouded in mystery for many avid readers, which is why we have gathered 5 most important questions about eBooks in order to shed some light on the subject.
What is an eBook?
It is only natural that we start by tackling the most frequently asked question. Electronic books or eBooks are digital book publications that consist of text, images or both; they are readable on different electronic devices like e-reader devices, desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Contrary to popular belief a sellable eBook is not a book simply converted into a PDF file for the simple reason that it can be copied.
eBooks as we know them today have been around for almost a decade, when Amazon launched the Kindle in 2007, followed by the introduction of the Nook by Barnes & Noble.
What are eBook formats?
Even though different e-readers decided to follow their own specialized formats, EPUB is nowadays widely perceived as the universal one. Other formats that can be found on the market are Adobe eBook (EPUB), PDF (.pdf), eReader (.pdb), Mobipocket (.prc / .mobi) and Microsoft Reader (.lit).
With regards to the issue of security that we mentioned above, most of the eBooks today are published in secure versions with some kind of DRM (Digital Rights Management) attached to it and cannot be copied.
How do I read eBooks?
As an electronic file, eBooks can be downloaded and read on a number of different devices. They range from specialized e-readers like Kindle or Nook to all iPhone and Android devices that have eBook reading apps.
E-Books are often hailed as portable and easily accessible. This stems from the fact that you can store numerous books on your device and carry them wherever you go. This not only saves an enormous amount of space, but also protects the environment. Just think about the huge number of threes that you are saving by reading eBooks on an electronic device!.
Why would someone choose an eBook?
Besides the aforementioned reasons, eBooks are taking over the global book industry because of the ease of purchase. This means that you can buy and read books in just a few clicks from the comfort of your home; which gains in importance as the cold winter days arrive. One of the lesser-known eBook reader apps that is becoming increasingly popular and that we heartily recommend is eKnjizara. You can download this handy app both on iTunes and Google Play.
With the world’s largest economies still slowly recovering from the effects of the global recession, the factor that is increasingly becoming a deal-breaker for many readers when deciding between an eBook or a printed version, is the price. Since eBooks are usually less expensive than paperbacks, it is safe to assume that in the near future we are going to witness a major shift in the book industry towards electronic books.
Can I publish an eBook?
YES! Anyone can publish an eBook at Bookish Fellow for as little as $199. You only need a manuscript written in Microsoft Word and a bank account to receive royalty payments. There is also an excellent guide on how to publish an eBook.
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