Today’s world has become both simpler and more complex with the introduction of technology. Even something as seemingly simple as reading a book can become complicated as readers have to choose whether they want to buy a traditional paper and ink book or the new format of an electronic book, or Ebook. Assuming you already have the necessary devices to make Ebooks an available option, it would seem that there aren’t many differences between a paper book and an Ebook. After conducting some research on the subject, Ebooks seem to offer the best option because they are better at providing additional information, cost less to produce and are much more portable than traditional printed books. One of the first things noticeable about Ebooks as compared to traditional printed books is that they have much more to offer in terms of contents. Whether your Ebook reader is attached to the internet or not, Ebooks can offer a lot more content than traditional books because of their basic format. The types of content that can be included will be different based on the book publisher and the manufacturer of the Ebook reader. Many systems will allow the user to make electronic notes directly on the pages they are reading without damaging the original text, search for specific terms and quotes and listen to the book read by an electronic or hired voice (Wikipedia, 2010). With the ability of electronic memories and an active interface, the Ebook is also capable of delivering moving video that can help the text. For example, traditional books describing the difficult process of how to build a homemade solar panel can do nothing more than provide a series of diagrams about how to perform each step. An Ebook using the same text can include a short video segment that walks the reader through the step so that nothing is left out. If the reader is able to connect to the internet at hot spots, then the reader will also be able to find more information about specific elements of the book they are reading without having to switch devices.
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