e Books (and Electronic Book Readers)

An eBook is an electronic version of a printed book. You can download an eBook using free programs like Adober Reader. Or you can buy a CD or DVD copy to be downloaded. The book can then be read on a computer screen, a notebook, eBook readers, or personal organisers (PDAs). Some eBooks are more like reading a book, thanks to special software. They enable you to turn pages, just like a regular book.

Not all eBooks are free. Some libraries, particularly college libraries, offer free access to numerous texts. In general, contemporary popular novels or popular works of non-fiction need to be purchased, and are widely available from companies like Amazon.com. eBooks are also not necessarily in the public domain.

One may gain access to reading them, but must still use citation methods if quoting them, or may need to ask the author if the book can be cited or reproduced. Sometimes an eBook is written specifically for the internet, and may contain helpful features like word or subject searches, and hyperlinks to other sites, or other sections of the eBook. (based on an original article on WiseGeek)
ebook on a smartphone
Reading a book on a SmartPhone

eBook Reader comparison (Source: Daily Mail/ScienceTech)

According to an article in the daily mail a price war over e-readers – the so-called ‘iPods for books’ which hold up to 3,500 titles – has been declared, with some being sold for just £52. As sales of the electronic library devices soar, Asda is offering the low price on a 5in View Quest Mediabox, which is less than half the amount Amazon charges for its market-leading Kindle.

eBook camparison chart

Read more at Daily Mail/Sciencetech . . .

Sony eBook Reader

iRex iLiad eBook reader

Google Reader

Hanlin V3

Victor Reader Stream

ClassMate Reader

Kindle e-Book Reader

Amazon's new wi-fi Kindle e-reader

Kindle wi-fi eReader

Photo source and more info: Daily Mail

Cool-er e-Book Reader


Sony PRS505

Reading books on an iPhone or iPad


Apple iPhone

An easy to use electronic book reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Available through the AppStore, BookShelf installs easily on your mobile device. Paired with the ShelfServer application on your desktop, you can easily download books from your computer to your device and start reading instantly.More about this . . .

Demonstration videos . . .

iPad Book Reader

iPad iBook App

Dolphin Easy Converter

EasyConverter quickly creates Large Print, MP3, DAISY and Braille versions of learning materials that can either be scanned from paper, or input from Word, PDF, html or text files.

More about Easy Converter . . .

Where to get eBooks

eBook Resources

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