eBooks, or electronic books, were initially considered to be the death of the paper book. However, they have instead slipped into the book market alongside traditional books. Initially one needed a special reader device such as a Kindle Fire or Kobo in order to read eBooks, but they can now be read on just about any smart device, using any one of dozens of eBook reader apps.
What are eBooks?
eBooks are electronic books which can be read on a smart device. They can be made available in a variety of formats. including PDF, ePub and Mobi (the Kindle format).
Some of the benefits of eBooks
They are environmentally friendly
They have a much lower impact on the environment as they are paperless in themselves and do not need packaging, and they have a lower carbon footprint as they do not need to be delivered by using air or ground transport.
They are interactive
Readers can search for and jump to words, phrases and keywords in the books, and hyperlinks to other resources can be embedded into them. Videos and audio files can also be embedded into eBooks, as can all sorts of animations. eBooks can also contain quizzes and polls. This interactivity makes them particularly useful for children. Bookmark and highlight features enable readers to emphasise sections that they want to remember or return to often, whereas traditional paper books need physical markers which can fall out and get lost or misplaced!
eBooks are highly portable and do not take up any space.
You can take literally hundreds of eBooks with wherever you go – they don’t take up space in your suitcase nor do they need a bookshelf in your lounge!
Where Do You Buy E-books?
Well, first of all, you can buy a great selection of ebooks by local, independent and self-published authors from The Indie eBookshop. Then there are many, many other eBook platforms on which you get eBooks, including Google Play Books, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks Takealot.
Instant Delivery and no Courier/Post costs!
You can buy and download your chosen eBook instantly, whether it be to a smartphone, tablet, e-reader, laptop or even desktop computer, no waiting and no need to pay delivery fees!