E-Book - Term Overview

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The concept of e-book, also referred to as e-book, refers to the English expression electronic book: that is, electronic book. A book is a literary, scientific or other work that is constituted as a volume. The electronic, for its part, refers to the action of electrons when they are subjected to the influence of an electronic or magnetic field.

The idea of ​​ebook, in this framework, refers to the text that is presented in a digital format and that is analogous to the printed book. Sometimes the notion also allows mentioning the device used to read and store this kind of books.

Whereas a printed book is developed on paper, the ebook houses its content in bits. The reader, therefore, should not turn pages to advance in the reading, but the material is viewed from a screen.

While it depends on its format, an ebook can be read on any device that has a screen: a computer (computer), a tablet, a cell phone or mobile, etc. However, there are devices specifically designed for reading ebooks, such as the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader.

In the comparison between an ebook and a printed book, advantages and disadvantages of both elements can be mentioned. An ebook doesn't take up physical space, avoids tree felling since it doesn't use paper, it's simple to move and allows the inclusion of multimedia links.

In addition to these advantages, we can't fail to underline others such as the following:

- Hundreds of books can be included in the same device.
- The price of an electronic book is cheaper than a paper one.
- There are no out of print editions in what are the ebook versions, they will always be available.
- There are models that are specially designed for people who have visual impairments.
- The purchase and receipt of an electronic book is practically immediate.
- Many models of ebooks are illuminated so that they can be read even in the dark or in low light conditions without the sight being resentful.

In return, it facilitates the illegal copying and distribution of works and requires electricity to read them.

In the same way, we can't overlook the fact that it's also established that the ebook has other disadvantages, among which the following stand out:

- Its acquisition requires a higher financial outlay than buying a book.
- It depends on a battery, so if it runs out, the ebook will turn off and it will not be usable until it's charged or connected to the electrical current again.
- It requires a minimum knowledge at a technological level to be able to use it and get the most out of it.
- There are old books that have not yet been digitized and, therefore, can't be read in the ebook.
- Those who see it as a disadvantage consider that when any ebook becomes a waste it will become a device that will generate harmful emissions for the environment.

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