A Palm or BlackBerry PDA and new e-book reader devices afford users the mobility to check email or work notes or read a digital novel on the tiny handheld screen while on the go. But if you use a laptop computer, do you really need to invest in additional hardware? There is software, and more than just Adobe, for reading--and writing--digital books viewable on a computer, some with pages that turn like a print book, similar to the image on the right.
Sociopolitical activists and writers of social and political essays have the means for writing and distributing their work on the internet and by email. You don't have to write a 500-page opus; in the digital publishing era 20 pages is still called an e-book. There are several advantages to e-books for computers versus those for handheld reader devices, in addition to avoiding the expense of purchasing an extra piece of hardware. Computer-based e-books could more properly be called web books since they are similar to viewing a web page which is better than viewing the few lines of text viewable on a handheld reader device. They can be distributed on the internet and downloaded for reading offline. If you are connected to the web, they may include links and email functions, both "write to the author" and "email this book to a friend." Some e-book writing software, such as DeskTop Author, allows the writer to insert audio and video clips as well as photos all contained within the book with no internet connection needed.
In addition to distribution by email--the file sizes are small and can be sent as attachments--getting your work posted on the internet is easier than you may think. Several web sites offer hosting (making files available for download) for free or a small fee. In the case of
e-books created with DeskTop Author, for example, there is no charge for submitting them to Shareware E-books. For additional information on writing and publishing e-books on the web go to Wilhite Publishing where you can learn more about DeskTop Author or you can click here to download a free trial now.
For more on "New eBook technologies hitting market" you can read this story about new e-book reader devices. The following article also covers e-book (digital) publishing: 'Harry Potter' publisher sees magic in digital ink in which Bloomsbury Chairman Nigel Newton says, "Books can be paid for on the Internet, not given away for free." And in the article "E-books, has your time come?" the writer remarks, "Recent announcements regarding e-books have breathed fresh life into a seemingly moribund market. But analysts remain cautious" about the viability of the reader handhelds in view of the availability of computer-based digital books and the widespread use of notebook computers among the mobile crowd.
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