What is an e-book?

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Why should you read an e-book?

Do you enjoy reading? Do you like using the Internet and your computer? Then you will love e-books!

So, what is an e-book? An e-book is an electronic book. According to Wikipedia, it is the digital media equivalent of a printed book. E-books are read on computers and handheld devices.


There are many benefits to reading e-books.

Help the environment. One benefit of reading e-books is that they are truly environmentally friendly. You can read them on your computer and save paper from being wasted.

Expand your mind. Another benefit of e-books is that they make great use of the Internet. Many e-books have links to Web sites within the text for great reference material. This takes your learning experience to a higher level.

Explore infinite possibilities. There is a great variety of e-books available on just about every subject. Just about anyone can publish an e-book, so experts from every field have chosen to publish e-books. This is especially helpful if you are interested in a niche topic. E-books can be a tremendous, valuable resource for discovering experts in your field of interest.

Enjoy practicality. Keep e-books on your computer or save them to a disc so you can return to the information again and again, creating your own personal library of e-books. An e-book can also be easily updated with new information. Instead of going through the costly process of printing a new edition, the publisher simply creates a new file with the updated information.

Free E-Books

The following are Web sites where you can find some great—and free—e-books to begin your e-book library. Follow their downloading instructions. You may need Adobe Acrobat to read an e-book. Get a free copy here.

Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library has more than 20,000 e-books available on a variety of subjects. The site also has reference books: almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias and more.

Project Gutenberg 
Project Gutenberg has about 19,000 free e-books, including classics such as Emma by Jane Austin and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

Free E-Books

This Web site offers e-books on dozens of topics, including business, games, food, marketing and others.

Again, what is an e-book? It's your new best friend.

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