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. I mostly read mine on my phone. 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 flip through them as easily, 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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