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Mjellma Berisha Imagine holding a portable, limitless catalog of books in the palm of your hand, accessible any time, anywhere. This revolutionary idea has been promoted with the creation of electronic books, and the gadgets that support them. Texts and Documents have been converted to electronic formats for utility, convenience and expressiveness since this was made possible by the invention of the computer; it is for the same purpose that ebooks have become infamous with the general public as well. Books are moving from physical to virtual repositories ranging from free personal and public online libraries to online bookstores. The electronic book has become allpervasive for a combination of reasons and advantages it has over the traditional book. Today, ebooks offer instant sampling, immediate gratification and affordable reading pleasure. Ebook readers are a version of portable libraries containing limitless catalog of books available to the reader at the click of a button. Technological advancement has made screen reading rival paper, which has been one of main concerns and disadvantages ebook readers had, and by implication publications of ebooks as well. One of the latest generation methods in the display of pages is E Ink technology, referred to as "Pearl". Electronic ink uses actual ink to create crisp, print-like text similar to what is seen in a physical book, with printed papers; Moreover, hand-built fonts take advantage of the special characteristics of the ink to make letters clear and sharp. An additional feature that makes digital screens more advantageous is the underlying software that allows consumers to customize their reading experience by increasing the font size, adding notes, bookmarks, and personalizing the book. Proliferation of multiple high-quality e-reading devices is another additional push that has highlighted the advantages of ebooks. Multiple e-reading devices satisfy different consumer preferences. The iPhone, and later on Android have introduced millions of readers to the joy of e-books, thanks to a beautiful screen and free e-reading apps that support them. Amazon's Kindle is another device that supports and specializes in ebooks. Kindle, although technologically inferior to the above mentioned devices, has a highly advanced and fascinating approach to ebooks, which neither can match. The reader is designed to posses features such as light weight – which is an important factor considering that the devide is hand held, and used for longer periods of time; wi-fi connection – for immediate sampling, purchase and download of books; advanced screen display that uses actual ink to display the pages – making it reader friendly, and comparable to the physical form of the book; and an enormous variety of choices, including publishings that had not made it into the physical form, all with affordable prices.
Following the advancement of ebook readers and rapidly increasing rate of publishing ebooks it is easy to conclude that this in fact is the future of books in literature as well as scientific publishing. This argument is probably the most obvious and passionate one longtime readers have. Many consumers discover ebooks for the first time by downloading free books that are classics derived from the digitization effort of Project Gutenberg . As with everything else. and almost no cost for publishing their works. and is one of the main reasons why ebooks have succeeded and evolved into what we have today. or in other cases. It can be argued that it is outweighed by the convenience factor that ebooks provide. and Lulu allow writers to upload their manuscript as Word documents. the toughest will survive and thereby provide the most reliable and convenient product and version of the ebook for the reader. Major e-book retailers such as Barnes & Noble. However a solution to this particular problem is presented by the evolutionary pressure between the companies competing for dominance in the market. And the final appeal to ebooks. allowing authors to bypass publishers altogether. The e-book publishing platforms mentioned above perform little quality control. The smell of paper. Whereas traditionally published print books require longer periods of time to sell to a publisher . space and resource efficient as well as affordable not to be used. however it is the least serious technologically. The tools to publish and distribute e-books are available to any writer at little to no cost. This means absolute freedom for writers. Hundreds of thousands of ebooks are now available for instant sampling. its feel. delegating the vetting to consumers instead. Independent authors are adopting e-books as a format for rapid. and the main reason their creation has experienced a take off is digital liberation. The sentimental value and tactile loss that is accompanied with the change from the physical to the electronic book has been a long standing argument against ebooks. the lack of it. There are some disadvantages that the ebook evolution has been confronted with. The rise of independent publishing has opened the floodgates to thousands of new books that might otherwise have never seen the light of day. and the ultimate appeal to electronic books. Scribd. Another inhibiting factor for electronic books is the fact that there is no universal ebook file format. unrestricted publishing. download and purchase simply one click away. to encourage the creation and distribution of ebooks. whereas e-books offer instant publishing. and for the books to appear in bookstores.As technology makes it possible to create interactive. the brainchild of Michael Hart. Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works. . Free ebook self-publishing platforms. It is simply too time. books are being digitized in enormous numbers. and start selling it online to a worldwide audience within minutes or days. vivid and effective decides that support ebooks. and the sentimental value a book will be lost through electronic books. their cost. such as Amazon Digital Text Platform. Sony and Amazon have opened stores to independently published ebooks.
Kindle] http://www.info/teaching/TDM/notes.Reference: [Projest Gutenberg] http://en.pdf [Amazon.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_readers [E ink] http://en.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reader-WifiGraphite/dp/B002Y27P3M [Eelctronic readers] http://en.wikipedia.amazon.wikipedia.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Gutenberg [Text and Digital Media Course Notes] http://kwarc.org/wiki/E_Ink .