Electronic books, or ebooks, provide a new, cool, environmentally-friendly, and inexpensive way to read. Differing from their paper cousins only in the binding, ebooks are stored and used as computer files rather than as ink on paper.
In this post, I’m going to explore the potential of ebooks and give some recommendations for how to find the best ones out there. To kick off, one of the best uses of ebooks is instruction and training for something that you are passionate about. Even if you can’t afford a course, there are plenty of low-cost and even free ebooks out there that will help you learn more about your interests.
Take casino games, for example. Whether you want to brush up on your poker or blackjack skills, or simply want to find the best places to play, a quick search will reveal plenty of top-notch ebooks on the subject. If you are looking for a casino guide, it’s worth searching by region. Looking for an ebook about online casino Canada will yield results tailored to that market.
Speaking of training and education, one arena that might soon see the leap to ebook use is the classroom. Students would take their handheld ebook readers to the electronic bookstore, load their texts, carry the lot in their bookbag, and not notice the extra weight of a dozen full-length texts.
In addition to avoiding potential back-strain, ebooks also put much less strain on the wallet. Textbooks are notoriously pricey, but the ereader or pdf versions can be significantly less expensive or free. For cash-strapped students, ebooks are a boon!
Ebooks can be purchased directly on the Internet from hundreds of publishers or retail ebookstores. In either case, pay with your credit or debit card, then download it directly as with a free book, or wait for it to arrive as an email attachment, a disk or a CD.
Ebooks can be viewed on a computer screen or using a book reader. About the size of a large trade paperback, these handheld ereaders have high-resolution, easy-to-read screens, and a computer or telephone connector to obtain files. Better yet, they have enough memory to store many book files at once.
The light and portable nature of an ereader makes them the perfect solution for the avid reader on holiday. We all aspire to travel light, but that becomes impossible if our bags are half full of heavy books. On a single ereader, you can store all your holiday reading in one place, and better yet it’s easy to purchase more on the spot.
Few conventional bookstores carry ebooks yet, but it’s a simple matter for a savvy person to find them. The best bet is an Internet search engine, directory, or specialty information centre. There, locate ebooks by author, subject, genre, ISBN, or title. The online versions of some giant bookstore chains also have searchable ebook sections.
Another great place to look for ebooks is in the library. In 2015, it was reported that more than 95 per cent of North American libraries carried ebooks – a leap of 89 per cent in just two years. This is a growing trend, and is set to continue in the future. Great news for readers, and also for our libraries.
Epublishers and many of their authors have web pages; these have further information, plot summaries, reviews, pictures, and other good stuff. They usually provide several chapters to read free so you can try-before-you-buy, just as in a paper bookstore. If you read a book and like it, you could always write a review and send it to the author. Maybe it’ll get published on the net with your name and website attached.
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