E-books: What the heck is an E-Book

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When I created this page in 2006, e-books were a new and unfamiliar idea. Amazon changed all that when they introduced the Kindle.

Just in case you've been living under a rock, though: E-books (or ebooks or eBooks) are "electronic books." They're downloadable files, available in a variety of formats, that can be read on a computer or on various tablets and readers, such as the Kindle or Nook or iPad. Just what each format provides can vary, as do the capabilities of the various readers.

The advantages of the e-book over an ink-on-paper book:

Disadvantages -- you can't just flip through them, they don't have the satisfying feel of an old-fashioned book, batteries can die on you.

Some people prefer e-books, some prefer paper.

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