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Vee Press eBook Primer

Vee Press eBook Primer

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Categories:Types, Brochures
Published by: Noemi Lardizabal-Dado on Sep 15, 2010
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


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ooks have metamorphosed inmany ways since the Stone Age.Humans first recorded their lives
and day-to-day observations on cave walls, thenmoved on to stone tablets and papyrus. Afterwardscame carved symbols and penned words—monksholed up in monasteries inscribed whole volumes byhand. Some time later, print books were born, andelectronic books in various formats.Since their inception, books continually evolved tobecome more portable and usable. Technology hasallowed manuscripts to be published and preservedin more than one format.Gutenberg’s printer changed the way the gamewas played. Books were mass produced, allowing therepository of human knowledge to expand and beless subject to harm. Numerous copies of books wereproduced, letting ordinary people gain access to them,instead of just scholars. Acquiring reading skills and at-tending school became basic needs, instead of luxuriesmost people couldn’t afford.Even if the rare books found in a library were lostforever should the building burn to the ground, theircontent would not be lost, because there would beseveral copies of them somewhere else. While the cop-ies would no longer have the prestige and historicalvalue of a rare first edition with marginal notes by acritic, for example, the author’s thoughts would surviveto be read again by the next generation. The evolution of the Internet and the inventionof smaller computer processors and memory cardshave allowed books to once again take another stepforward—they are now available in digital formats,and may be read on computers and hand-held devices.Instead of being spread throughout various libraries,copies of books are now available as files in memorycards and virtual spaces, in what is also termed the“cloud.” They are sold in online stores, and can be sent
over wireless Internet connections to portable readersand devices.ith the many changes in the way books are soldand read, the question remains: What will be the futureof the book? Is this—the electronic format—the bestway to go?Before we decide, however, we have to know whatan e-book is, how it has redefined reading, and howit has transcended existing publishing methods andchanged business models across the globe.

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