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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of The Ebook

Jan 9, 2008
As with any newly available technological product, the ebook is causing waves of excitement around the globe. Previously used for academia due to its search features and clear format, the ebook is now widely available to the general public in a variety of guises. It has many advantages and disadvantages in comparison to the printed book, and as a result, the ebook already has excited followers and stern disbelievers. Yet love it or hate it; the ebook is here to stay, with sales predicted to rocket in the near future.

One of the main advantages of the ebook is that it is low in cost. There are no printing costs, storage fees or postal prices involved. Therefore, the prices can remain low which is always an attractive proposition for the consumer and publisher alike. The ebook is also less cumbersome, which makes it storage efficient. A standard ebook without picture files takes up little memory and so a CD can store an average of approximately 500 ebooks. This means there can be a wealth of information and entertainment stored in an economical way. Also, the text can be made suitable for all readers. Adobe versions have zoom features which can easily enlarge images and texts for clearer viewing, but these often have page sizing that does not fit the more portable screens and are difficult to adjust.

The small memory space also makes the ebook compatible with modern mobile living. ebooks are portable and can be used on iPods, some mobile phones and also notebook computers. They can be read in low lighting with a backlight feature which makes the ebooks fantastic for travelling and night time reading. However, compatible software is required as the formatting options are quite vast. Therefore, make sure you understand the requirements before purchase as some of the equipment can be expensive to buy as additional extras. Also, battery life is a factor when using portable electronic devices to read an ebook.

Many ebooks are packaged in bundles for efficiency, and as soon as payment is received ebooks are received electronically in an instant. This saves costs and is both time efficient and convenient. An advantage worth noting is that ebooks can be written in Unicode which means that any ebook of this format can be changed into various languages using simple commands. This has made them popular as prizes for online competitions. However, as ebooks are subject to copyright, they can not be as easily shared as printed books. Some versions can only be downloaded to a specific destination. Once downloaded, they are permanent but not transferable. Check this before purchase.

Ebooks offer many great features. Firstly they offer a comprehensive content search so you can find information immediately, making the ebook very time efficient. ebooks can produce multimedia effects such as audio and visual clips, which enhance the experience. Some can even provide what is known as `scripting opportunities` so that the reader can have a say in the outcome of the story. ebooks create interest for any reader, but can be a particularly good way to attract disaffected child readers to this necessary skill. For people who already enjoy reading, however, the ebook may prove less aesthetic to read.

Another advantage that is worth noting is the effects on the environment. Without the use of ink and paper printing, mistakes can easily be corrected without any further damage to the environment. Although the ebook can be printed if required, this is a matter of personal choice. The ebook proves to be environmentally and economically sound.
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This article can also be accessed in portuguese language from the Article section of page www.polomercantil.com.br/ebook.php
Roberto Sedycias works as IT consultant for www.PoloMercantil.com.br
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