For those who don’t know what it is, here is a simple definition of an ebook. An E-book, also called an electronic book, is like a regular book that can be read digitally on laptops, personal computers and other electronic devices. There are a variety of formats for e-books, and unless a fixed format has been determined, one would find them in different formats. The most popular however, is PDF format and almost every platform is able to access and read e-books in PDF formats.
The birth of the e-book goes back 40 years and to be exact to 1971 when it was officially born from the Project Gutenberg. By 1994 the e-book had spread its roots far and wide. Although, during the initial years, e-books were not as prominent as they are now and people were apprehensive about e-books and some were even reluctant to try them out.
Nevertheless the e-book did not remain in the background for long. With the publishers deciding to go digital in 1997, e-books were out of the closet with digital publishing and scientific publications finding a cheaper alternative to printing books with the help of e-books. Today with almost everything being online, e-books have created a niche for themselves and have become quite an indispensable part of people’s lives. With more and more libraries deciding to go online and digitizing their literary possessions, e-books have made things easier by helping digital versions of literature whether fictional or non-fictional or educational on the World Wide Web for all to have the benefit of.
The question of whether the e-book would replace printed books is in the minds of many avid readers and writers; however, the speculation still goes on while the next-generation kids are already finding the ease of using e-books instead of printed ones. Visualize children not having to carry backpacks and book-bags to school and instead have all of their lessons stored in one single unit makes life simpler. The future of books is in e-books and whether one likes it or not, e-books are here to stay.