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Ebooks

PostPosted: May 9th, 2011, 1:02 pm
by ashleonne
Do you prefer ebooks over traditional books? Any advantages and disadvantages of ebooks? :)

Re: Ebooks

PostPosted: May 9th, 2011, 6:25 pm
by Woof
I recently got a Kindle eBook reader and found it quite easy to use. Of course, traditionalists will miss the smell of paper, the colorful cover art and the heft of a real book in their hands as they read it. The built-in memory of the device can easily store hundreds if not thousands of ebooks so portability is a big plus. You can also annotate and write down notes. The e-ink display is really sharp and is even clearer than most traditional print but some find the page transitions a little slow. The clear display, slim form-factor and very long battery life also make it comfortable to read for extended periods of time - you know, for those that you simply can't put down once you've started reading.

Over the years, Amazon and Barnes & Noble have really tried hard to address all the things you could not do before with an ebook like lending a book to another, read and bookmark anywhere/any device, etc. It has also made access to books really easy with online marketplaces and the ability to purchase an ebook online and have it instantly delivered to your reading device.

But for me, I think the biggest plus is having your entire library at the palm of your hand. :D

Re: Ebooks

PostPosted: May 9th, 2011, 11:29 pm
by Wanda
I guess the biggest advantage of an ebook for me is that you can look up a word in the dictionary without moving an inch from your comfortable seat or bed! And if you havent decided what book to bring to a trip you could just simply drop your kindle in your bag. But woof's right, call me crazy but I still prefer the touch, feel and smell of a new book in my hand!

Re: Ebooks

PostPosted: June 8th, 2011, 3:01 am
by Memnoch26
...ebooks are digital copies that stays in your kindle or iPad.. And will be long forgotten after you have read it or after your iPad or kindle gets worn out or gets broken or you get a new unit... books stays in your shelf for everyone to see.. Like a trophy... You know what they say. - books are windows of the soul

Re: Ebooks

PostPosted: August 9th, 2011, 1:37 pm
by PrincessPea
Hey peeps, I found these kindle ads, pretty cool!








Re: Ebooks

PostPosted: August 9th, 2011, 1:40 pm
by bossjun
Really, publishers and bookstorse should advertise about the advantages of real books, holding them in your hand, the smell of freshly printed paper....these things.

Re: British Library to offer 65000 classic eBooks free!

PostPosted: August 10th, 2011, 11:07 am
by hirer
Princesspea: cool ads! Makes me want to buy a kindle on the spot!

Everyone: just saw this article, the british library is offering eBook classics to Kindle owners free! And they will be made to look like original first eitions pa!

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The British Library has announced that users of Amazon's Kindle e-reader will be able to download more than 65,000 19th century classics for free this coming spring in a special format that will have the look of a genuine first edition. Works from famous authors like Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen will be reproduced using the original typeface and illustrations to add an antique feel to the e-reader technology.

According to Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library: "Making 19th century fiction available for free through the Kindle e-book reader opens up a new global readership for forgotten literary gems. Kindle users will be able to download, free of charge, 25 million pages of digitized books, from noteworthy editions of well known authors like Dickens, Conan Doyle and Thomas Hardy to rare early 19th century fiction and even the UK’s best collection of ‘penny dreadfulls’."

The British Library has worked with Microsoft over the past three years to digitally record text and images from the out-of-copyright works. Microsoft also helped develop the "Turning the Pages" software that allows users to interact with otherwise off-limits, rare books and manuscripts from the likes of Handel, Leonardo da Vinci, Lewis Carroll and Mozart. As well as seeing a visual representation of a turning page, users can zoom right up close to a page, change orientation and much more.

The news represents the latest step of an ongoing digitization project which recently made available more than two million pages from 19th century British newspapers and aims to capture 50 million items by 2020. Work will now begin on the scanning of out-of-copyright books from the early 20th century.

Printed copies sporting the same 19th century "first edition" look and feel of the original classics will also be available from Amazon's store. Prices start at £15 (US$23), which represents quite a saving on originals by Dickens and Austen which can cost at least £250 (US$392).


http://www.gizmag.com/british-library-f ... re/110585/

Re: Ebooks

PostPosted: August 10th, 2011, 7:39 pm
by Woof
There's really no shortage of free eBooks if you're just a little inclined to look for them in the internet.

I heard that the new version of the Kindle will feature a dual-display capable of switching between e-ink and colored LCD. I guess it's really no surprise given the slew of tablets that have been coming out recently. But let's see if Amazon can one-up Apple on the way it creates demand for each new generation of its iPads and iPhones...

Re: Ebooks

PostPosted: August 10th, 2011, 11:14 pm
by Memnoch26
... i tested some ebooks on IPAD through ibooks...

it looks awesome!!!

makes me think twice about buying books..

hmmm....

Re: Ebooks

PostPosted: August 11th, 2011, 9:43 pm
by bossjun
hirer: yes, actually thats old news na. The latest is that british library classics are available on iPad narin. Here are some screen shots
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