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Characteristics of E-books

octubre 5th, 2009 · No hay Comentarios

An E-book is an electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a PC or with an Ebook reader, for instance, Sony Reader PRS-505 or Papyre.

The electronic book has many advantages. They are economic since many ebooks can be found on the Web for free in some web pages such as the project Gutenberg, in which we can find nearly 30,000 ebooks in different languages. We can also listen to some of them.

Their storage is easier, as they don’t need as much space as traditional books do, they are storaged on computers. This is important in libraries, which used to have problems with storaging all the books but nowadays it has changed due to the ebooks.

Another advantage is that they are ecologic, since they are read on PC or on a Ebook Reader, even in some PDA (Personal Data Assistant) and they are not printed in paper. The advantages of these devices are portability, readability of their screens in bright sunlight, and long battery life. Nevertheless, these electronic devices have also negative consecuences: they are usually expensive, around $259.00, and although the bright of the screens is special for the eyes, they tire them more than the books do.


* Project Gutenberg Main Page (2009). In Gutenberg. Retrieved 13:05, October 6, 2009, from

* List of e-book readers. (2009, October 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 11:02, October 7, 2009, from

*Ebook readers (2009). In Amazon. Retrieved 15:45, October 5, 2009, from


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