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eBooks 101  

An introduction to eBooks and eReaders.
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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An e-book (short for electronic book, also written eBook or ebook) is an e-text that forms the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book, sometimes protected with a digital rights management system. E-books are usually read on personal computers or smart phones, or on dedicated hardware devices known as e-book readers or e-book devices. Many mobile phones can also be used to read e-books.  [from wikipedia]

Read: "eReaders: Are They Redefining The Future Of Reading?" by Laptop Magazine (24 Mar 2010)

Read: "Digital Books And Your Rights : A Checklist For Readers" by EFF (Feb 2010)

Read: "The e-book, the e-reader, and the future of reading" article by Matthew Shaer (21 Dec 2009)

Read: "Slow Rise of ebooks" article by Arnaud Pellé (Oct 2009)



    I'd like to express my appreciation to my colleague Christopher D. Rumbaugh, Adult Services Reference Librarian at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
    in Corvallis Oregon, who created the structure upon which this guide is based, and identified many of the resources that it contains.

    Quick guide to eBook formats

    • epub
      An open e-book standard created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). It features reflowable text, inline images and the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions.
    • azw
      Amazon's propietary DRM restricted format.
    • pdf
      A document sharing format created in the early 90s. It is best for highly formatted content and has the ability to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) such as Adobe Digital Editions.
    • mobi
      A format primarily designed for PDAs and older mobile devices.
    • lrf
      LRF, LRS, LRX are Sony's proprietary formats. They have been superseded by Sony's acceptance of epub as the default format in their ebook store.

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