Tuesday, October 11, 2011


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Amazon Kindle 3, a typical e-book reader.
An electronic book (also e-book, ebook, electronic book, digital book) is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices.[1] Sometimes the equivalent of a conventional printed book, e-books can also be born digital. The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as "an electronic version of a printed book,"[2] but e-books can and do exist without any printed equivalent. E-books are usually read on dedicated hardware devices known as e-Readers or e-book devices. Personal computers and some mobile phones can also be used to read e-books.
Contents [hide]
1 History
1.1 Timeline
2 Formats
3 Comparison to printed books
3.1 Advantages
3.2 Drawbacks
3.3 Digital rights management
4 Production
5 e-Readers
5.1 eReader applications
6 Market Shares
7 See also
8 Notes
9 References
10 External links

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