We are living in incredibly exciting tech times: eBooks (electronic or digital books) are not only the wave of the future in education and pleasure reading, but already prominent on the literary landscape. The invention of the printing press catapulted the world, not really very long ago as far as history is concerned, into a new era of literacy and the explosion of knowledge. Today publishing even without the medium of paper and ink and printing presses has rocketed us from a new launching pad.
From small fry to senior citizens, eager eyes are reading books on their KINDLES, nooks, eReaders, copia, eBookPie, kobo, and iPads, iPhones, personal computer screens, and other dedicated electronic eReader capable devices. Academia is on the verge of being transformed; electronic college text books can already be rented. Soon, they say, many children and teen students may not be carrying heavy school books in their backpacks anymore either. They will be studying online from eBooks. Sounds futuristic?
It is no longer accurate to say that an eBook is an electronic version of a printed book. Now an eBook can be "born digital" and exist without any printed equivalent. From an author's viewpoint, therefore, the publishing scene is changing rapidly. Self publishing is on the increase--easy and economical and no longer considered a second class way to publish. It is possible to skip the print version of a book entirely and go directly to being published in the eBook format. Since I want to keep up with the times, and given time, I expect to venture in that direction as well before long.
Among the many major advantages of an eBook is that it will never go "out of print." I will mention only a few as follows. The time it takes to get a book published is minimal when submitting a manuscript into the system for digital formatting. Moreover, the one who reads can easily enlarge the font to reformat the existing eBook into a large type font book for the visually challenged. The book can readily be heard read aloud with the text-to-speech capability in either a man's or woman's voice and at different speeds. One can use the highlighting feature and the built in dictionary to see the definition of any word in the text. Economy is hard to beat when you can download in a minute free sample chapters of every book that is available before you decide whether to buy. And more money saving features: classics of the past and any book published before 1900 is in public domain and therefore can be downloaded free of charge! The cost of reading a book through eBooks is always unbelievably much lower than the print version from the bookstore. And you don't have to go personally to a bookstore for your book. A simple click on the title and within a few minutes it has come to your HOME PAGE to wait for you to start reading! There are also ways to borrow books and read them in a limited stated period of time without buying them. Once you have purchased an eBook title it is yours to keep forever in your archives.
The changes of been unbelievably rapid and recent since the general availability of the Internet in the 1990s. It seems incredible that physical printed books were first offered to the public on the Internet by Amazon.com only since 1995. They launched KINDLE as recently as 2007 and from that point it is history. New and improved versions of KINDLE and other eReaders are coming out rapidly with many more advanced features and touch operation. The price of such readers is going down rather than increasing.
Several of my published books are already available on eBooks. You are invited to do an eBook search by my name and then access whichever titles I have available in that electronic format. When I submit my titles to eBooks they are available simultaneously on all of the above eReaders. Check my web site: www.goldenmorning.com for the details and ordering.