Before analyzing Ebook Benefits, let me tell a story that most of you might have experienced – we all must have lost our textbooks at least once in our lifetime…
I vividly remember a period of my university days when students misplace or lose their textbooks. They usually got very annoyed not because it was expensive, but it was also because they had to travel far away to buy it..Another thing I also dreaded was students not returning the books I lent to them to read for a period of time.
The above factual stories would have been different if we had eBooks then.
This article intends to project what an eBook is and review eBook benefits.
What is an eBook?
An ebook can be defined as a electronic version of an organized set of documents that can be read using an eReader, Tablet PC or any computing device. If you have an Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, Kobo eReader, a smartphone, a laptop or a desktop, you have what it takes to download and read ebooks.
An ebook should not be related to a scanned book – it is possible to scan a book and save it as a PDF file but that is not what an ebook is. If a physical text book is scanned and digitally stored, it is not referred to as an ebook. However the contents of a textbook, the texts and diagrams can be used to create an ebook.
Ebooks are usually ordered online via the Internet. There are online stores like Amazon, Kobo and Barnes and Noble where one can download paid and free ebooks to read. There are some universities where ebooks could be borrowed online, therefore making the trip to the Bookshop or Library no longer necessary.
Now that we have an understanding what an eBook, let us look at the Benefits.
Convenient to Read: Ebooks are convenient to read and comprehend. With an e-reader, one can adjust the size of the letters (fonts) and also the style of the font as well. For instance you can make the fonts larger and use Arial Bold, Garamond or any font you wish to use. You cannot do this with a textbook!! More seniors can start to read more often.
Convenient to Download: Ebooks are easily downloaded via the Internet. No need to go the bookstore if you need to purchase a book. Just go online and downloaded when required. This is also the case in Libraries that have ebook borrowing services. Very convenient indeed!!
Convenient to Store: Thousands of ebooks can be store onto a single e-reader, tablet pc or computer. Some ebooks can also be stored on thumb drives or micro SD cards. Imagine having a truck load of books all in one device. Students can carry one device to their classes without carrying heavy school bags.
Loss-proof: E books are easy to recover or retrieve if it is lost or stolen. If an e-reader is stolen, you can replace the device and still download your books from the eBook service provider. If your e-reader is secured with password protection, no one will be able to access the ebooks in the device.
More Affordable: Ebooks are much better to purchase than textbooks – everything is electronic so the cost associated with using paper print and hard covers are no longer an issue. Consumers will also save money associated with shipping costs. This makes eBooks more attractive.
Ebook Benefits – Why you should own an e-reader
In closing, ebooks have revolutionize the way we read literature and because of its tremendous benefits, it should be promoted in schools, workplaces and general literature – the costs savings and the convenience will be felt by all.