What are e-books?

E-books are an electronic equivalent of printed paper books. They can be in different formats. The more known formats are PDF, EPUP, PDB, MOBI, HTML. You can read more about different formats in section “E-books formats”.

E-books are quite a new technology but despite this fact they have gone through interesting evolution, as for example competition for client, choosing convenient formats and device evolution for their reading. Today is the majority of above mentioned problems solved. 

E-books can be read on devices which are specifically made for these reasons. The most known readers are Amazon Kindle. You can more learn in a section “How to read e-books”. 

The biggest e-books advantage is that they save the space – they can be easily backed up and stored. Also the handling is easier. You can have always more books on hand which you can read and change the type size if you want. For authors it is comfortable to distribute their e-books and they can offer them in a short time to readers.

On the other hand the fact that the e-books need specific gadgets for reading can be regarded as a disadvantage. The biggest problems are connected with the e-books format, software and with the e-books protection. Almost every device can display the content differently and some devices are not able to read specific formats as all. For example broadly used format PDF is not quit convenient for mobile phones. In case that a seller uses DRM protection a buyer is forced to use only specific type of reading device. Because of strict license conditions it is usually not allowed to lend the e-book or simply to give it to somebody as a present.