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Once upon a time … e-book revolution

I don’t know about you…but I love an eBook.
I have quite a collection already, and I imagine that collection will only continue to grow. It would appear I’m not the only one…

There are now millions of books free online. So why hasn’t the e-book revolution taken off…yet? David Adams reports.

Once upon a time, if you wanted a book you went to a bookshop or a library and bought or borrowed a paperback or a hardcover. These days, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to access the pages of any of the millions of books that are now available digitally.

The word “e-book”, short for “electronic book”, is the digital equivalent of a conventional printed book and covers everything from a book simply posted on a webpage to downloadable PDF files containing text, images and downloadable MP3 files (the term loosely covers audio books as well).

For years pundits have been talking about an imminent e-book revolution in Australia that would finally do away with conventional books as we know it. While early adopters may be congratulating themselves on surfing ahead of the crowd, the proposed revolution has been slower in coming than predicted.

The notion of being able to access/buy an eBook and/or a hardback is one that works well for me. Surely it’s not something that has to be “either/or”, it can definitely work as an “and”.

And you?
Have you purchased an eBook? What is your experience with them?
Have you created an eBook? How was that for you?

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