"An e-book is an "electronic book".
These books are called "electronic"
because they are files that you access
on your computer. Like a normal paper
book they have cover art, an author,
editor, illustrator, publisher and story.
E-books are available in any genre, any
length, and many formats."
"There are dozens of specialized
electronic reading devices
available, like Kindle, Kobo,
Nook, Sony Reader, and many
more." - Maggie Rust, What is
eReading: A Beginners Guide.
E-books can also be read on
tablets, phones and computers.
"The overall size of the e-book market appears to be holding more or less
steady, growing at perhaps 1% or so per year." - Mathew Ingram, Fortune.com
"E-Books have been around since 1971." - Maggie Rust, What is eReading: A
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E-books can be read aloud,
viewed in larger print and made
interactive and accessible to
those with disabilities
E-books are online
and offline. Read a
book you left at
home on your tablet
in England on your
"Yesterday I couldn’t find my copy of The
Good Soldier, and because I wanted it
immediately and because I live a fifteen-
minute drive from the nearest library, and
thirty minutes from the nearest bookstore, I
ordered it on my Kindle." - Francine Prose,
The New York Book Review
"If we can help authors create even better books
than they create today, it's a win for everybody."
says Nook Vice President of e-books, Jim Holt
E-Book services use reader
history to recommend other
books and use the data
transferred via reading
eBooks to create more
popular and enjoyable
"Digital technology has
changed the way books are
sold and published, but it has
opened up new possibilities
for understanding how people
read, as they read. Can a
paperback do that?" - Davey