You don't really need this, do you?
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:
- They're usually cheaper.
- They don't require any shelf space.
- You can carry an entire library in one hand -- very convenient when traveling.
- Most allow the reader to change the font size, making reading easier for old, presbyopic eyes.
- Some allow search functions.
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.
That's it; here's your list of handy exits: