For many people ebook is still a mystery. What is it exactly and what makes it so appealing to many readers worldwide? What are the advantages of electronic publishing? An ebook is a literary work compressed into a file instead of being printed on standard pages clipped together in a cover. E-book is a new way to produce and relate information to readers and as an alternative to the conventional tends to be more attractive to the generation of people used to finding all the resources they need on the Internet. E-book is a busy person’s way to find time to remember that reading can be fun.
Over the past decades a decline in interest in reading was noted among the younger generations. Children growing up in 1990’s were more interested in spending their times by the computer and chatting away with their countless online friends or playing online games. Reading levels in schools dropped bringing about alarming results. Children were not interested in libraries and book stores. They were interested in computers. In view of this new trend and the declining tendency for an old paperback or hard cover volumes the ebooks gained tremendous popularity with the younger generations, managing to also entice whole groups of older population as well.
E-book fans are noticed everywhere today, reading in public from palm sized PDA’s. Personal computers come equipped with programs such as Microsoft reader, which allows easy access to a newly downloaded file containing a whole book. The whole ebook can fit into a few gigabytes of memory, taking up less space on the computer than it would on the bookshelf. The information that is contained in the ebook is same as in a conventional book only much easier to obtain. Files could be transferred from computer to computer, from PDA to a desktop, from the laptop to a disc, all within minutes.
Authors who wish to make their work known to the public can create their own electronic books and publish them online where the work could be viewed and downloaded. On top of that they can be totally in control of the book design, which allows for more creativity and hands on experience on the author’s part. Publishing is no longer just about finding a publisher who will accept your work. With ebook invention its about whether or not you can find enough resources to put your work on the web to be viewed by others. It is a great way to be noticed for someone who is not seeking monetary rewards but wants to share their views with fellow readers.
Generally e-books simplified lives of millions of people everywhere just by creating a way to access information with minimum time spent. The impact is great since those who grew up on the culture of World Wide Web can read and download their favorite works right to their computers, thus providing a whole new future for publishing.