30 Benefits of Ebooks

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Source: Michael Pastore. Epublishers Weekly 28.1.2008

  1. Ebooks promote reading. People spend more time in front of computer screens and less time reading printed books.
  2. Ebooks are good from an environmental perspective. ebooks save trees. ebooks help reduce the effects of book disposal and landfill. ebooks reduce transport costs and the effects of transporting books from place to place on the environment.
  3. Ebooks contribute to the preservation of books. The Library of Alexandria and its' collection were destroyed by fire. The original manuscript of Thomas Carlyle's great work The French Revolution was destroyed by a servant of the historian's friend throwing it in the fireplace. ebooks are ageless. They do not burn, go mouldy, become brittle, decay or fall apart. With ebooks you can ensure that literature will be preserved.
  4. Because ebooks can be produced more quickly than printed books, readers get information on up to the minute topics and events.
  5. As ebooks are easy to upgrade mistakes are easy to correct and information can be easily added.
  6. Ebooks can be searched. All information contained in the book can be found quickly. Extensive searches may be carried out in ebooks and searches can be applied across many ebooks.
  7. Ebooks are portable. A single DVD can hold an entire library.
  8. Ebooks (in the form of digital audio books) free the user to other things whilst listening.
  9. Ebooks can be printed, which enables the reader to utilize most if not all of the advantages of the printed book.
  10. Ebooks defy time: They can be delivered almost immediately. ebooks can be delivered to the reader faster than transport and courier services: within minutes or in seconds.
  11. Ebooks defy place: on-line at the same time they are available for thousands of people to read simultaneously.
  12. ebook production is cheaper. As a result, small publishers can compete with media giants.
  13. Ebooks cost less to buy.
  14. Ebooks can be free. Thanks to The Gutenberg Project and the work of other great online libraries, readers can access classics for free.
  15. Ebooks can be annotated without damaging the originals.
  16. Ebooks make it easier for the visually impaired. The text size can be adjusted as desired. Back lighting allows displays to be read in the dark.
  17. Ebooks can include hyperlinks to facilitate searches for additional information.
  18. Through the use of additional software and equipment you can listen to ebooks.
  19. The appearance of ebooks can be adjusted. Many ebooks allow the reader to choose the desired font, font size, page size, margins, width and colour.
  20. Ebooks can include multimedia: still images, moving images and sound.
  21. Ebooks, with their large storage capacity, encourage the publishing of books with many pages. These could otherwise be too expensive to produce (and purchase) in printed form.
  22. Ebooks, without DRM, are made for sharing. ebooks can be replicated quickly, after which they can be shared with strangers or given to friends. Worries about friends not returning lent books are a thing of the past.
  23. Ebooks allow individuals to write and publish. People can challenge the 'big publishing corporations' cost-crushing power "and thus to make their voices heard. Publication can move from being impersonal profitable to becoming personal and pleasurable.
  24. Thanks to their simplicity, speed of publication, and feedback, ebooks give writers the opportunity to try out different themes and styles.
  25. Ebooks posted online facilitate the exchange of ideas, proposals and corrective feedback by reducing the number of errors and improving accuracy, which is of particular importance in science and technology issues.
  26. Ebooks enable publishers to publish (and readers to read) works by a larger number of authors and on a wider range of subjects. Traditional publishing critics say that traditional publishers have reduced and limited, both the number of authors and the number of issues to be published for financial reasons.
  27. Ebooks defy censorship. All of the following books were banned: Analects by Confucius. Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Ars Amorata by Ovid. Pro Populo Anglicano Defensio by John Milton. The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne. Wonder Stories by H.C. Andersen. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Ulysses by James Joyce. Many of these works were seized, burned, or their distribution in libraries, book shops and schools prohibited. Thanks to ebooks it is guaranteed that readers maintain their right to read.
  28. Ebooks can also promote the sale of paperback books.
  29. Ebooks are evolving. With improvements in technology ebooks may contain new features. Cookery books could for example contain recipe calculators which could tell you how much syrup is needed to bake 200 cookies. Examination preparation ebooks could include interactive tests. An ebook about politics might contain a link which would allow the reader to send an email message to a member of parliament telling him to sharpen up his environmental policies.
  30. Ebooks are good for paperback publishing. By setting an example for diversity and freedom of expression, e-ooks may motivate the stagnant book publishing industry towards the renewal of small presses, the end of the blockbuster-bestseller publishing mentality, and a healthier balance between the needs of commerce and culture.


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