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Currently the two most popular ebook formats are EPUB, a worldwide, open standard that evolved from an earlier standard called OEB Open ebook and widely used by Sony Readers and most other ebook readers, and AZW, a proprietary format developed by site and currently readable only on its Kindle reader. However you go about it, books take up very little space when you store them in electronic format: you could easily fit 10, electronic copies of the Bible onto a single DVD.
Most ebook readers can store hundreds or even thousands of titles at a time and most now have Wi-Fi Internet connections so you can download more books whenever you wish. Photo: You can read electronic books right now, even if you don't have a handheld ebook reader. There's free electronic book software available for all the popular operating systems.
Here's the Caliber electronic book reader running on a normal computer screen, showing the first page of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned.
The most important part of an ebook reader is the screen. The first ebooks used small versions of LCD laptop screens which have a resolution sharpness of about 35 pixels per cm 90 pixels per inch.
You could easily see the dots making up the letters and it was quite tiring to read for more than a few minutes at a time. The latest ebooks use an entirely different technology called electronic ink.
Instead of using LCD displays, they show words and letters using tiny, black and white plastic granules that move about inside microscopic, spherical capsules under precise electronic control. Displays like this have about twice the resolution of ordinary computer screens, are clearly visible in sunlight, and use much less power. In fact, they're almost as sharp and easy to read as printed paper.
We'll see how these screens work in a moment. The lack of books in electronic format was one of the things that used to put people off using ebook readers—and that's what made site.
site already worked with virtually all the world's publishers as a bookseller, so it was able to make huge numbers of titles available for Kindle in electronic format—over 88, books were available on the launch date. Today, most books are available in ebook format as well as print, and many old, long-out-of-print titles have also been resurrected in ebook form.
Photo: Computer screens as we knew them in the late s and early s.
At that time, the best screens could display no more than about 64, pixels and often just uppercase text or very crude "pixelated" square block graphics. Computer games like Space Invaders, shown here, were very primitive—but still highly addictive! Since electronic ink has been crucial to the success of ebooks, let's now take a detailed look at how it works.
You're probably reading these words in the same way that I am—by staring at a flat, LCD computer screen. For people over the age of about 35, who grew up with computers that used blocky green and black screens with just 40 characters across and 25 down, modern screens are wonderful and amazing.
But they still have their drawbacks. Look closely, and you can see jagged edges to the letters. Try to read an LCD screen in direct sunlight and unless the screen has a very bright backlight , you'll really struggle. But the worse thing is that LCD screens lack the lightness, portability, and sheer user-friendliness of ink-printed paper : you can happily read a book for hours, but try the same trick with a computer screen and your eyes will quickly tire.
Magnifying by about 8—10 times and zooming in on a single word, you can see why. The E Ink display makes sharper letters with a uniformly white background. The LCD display blurs its letters with anti-aliasing to make them less jagged, though that makes them harder to read close up. The red, blue, and green colored pixels used to make up the LCD's "white" background are also much more noticeable.
Unlike the E Ink display, an LCD does not use a true white background: it relies on your eye and brain to fuse colored pixels instead. The resolution of E Ink is also far greater: typical LCD displays use around 90 pixels per inch, whereas E Ink displays use at least twice as many pixels.
Back in the early s, the Xerox Corporation that had pioneered photocopiers a decade earlier became concerned about the threat that computers might pose to its core ink-and-paper business: if everyone started using computers, and offices became paperless, what would happen to a company so utterly dependent on paper technology? The basic idea of electronic ink and paper was and remains very simple: to produce an electronic display with all the control and convenience of a computer screen but the readability, portability, and user-friendliness of paper.
How does electronic ink and paper work? Most electronic ink and paper screens use a technology called electrophoresis, which sounds complex but simply means using electricity to move tiny particles in this case ink through a fluid in this case a liquid or gel. Other uses of electrophoresis include DNA testing, where electricity is used to separate the parts of a DNA sample by making them move across a gel, which enables them to be compared with other samples and identified.
Each capsule is filled with a clear fluid and contains two kinds of tiny ink granules: white ones which are positively charged and black ones which are negatively charged.
The capsules are suspended between electrodes switched on and off by an electronic circuit, and each one can be controlled individually. By changing the electric field between the electrodes, it's possible to make the white or black granules move to the top of a capsule the part closest to the reader's eye so it appears like a white or black pixel.
By controlling large numbers of pixels in this way, it's possible to display text or pictures. Animation: Electronic ink works through electrophoresis. Each pixel microcapsule in the display the gray circle contains black negatively charged and white positively charged ink granules.
When a positive field shown in blue is applied to the top electrode, the black capsules migrate to the top, making the pixel look black when seen from above; switching the field over makes the granules change position so the pixel appears white.
Advantages and disadvantages of electronic ink If you've tried reading an electronic book, you'll know that electronic ink and paper is much easier to read from for long periods than an LCD computer screen. Since the microcapsules stay in position indefinitely, with little or no electric current, electronic ink displays have extremely low power consumption.
A typical ebook reader with an E Ink display can be used for something like 2—4 weeks of average everyday reading on a single charge—which is much less power than a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Breast Cancer. Dana Conway. Culture, Society and Sexuality.
Richard Parker. Surgeon's Story: Mark Oristano. Nicole White. Joseph Spark. Life Goes On. Christine Jowett. Michael W Ross. Richard W Price. Beautifully Broken. Rebecca Boone Kozowyk. Jim Plautz. Catherine Musemeche. The Endangered Self. Gill Green. Just Remembering: Bob Christensen. R Dennis Shelby. Brenda Alexander. I've Walked My Own Talk.
Jocelyn Wijs-Reed. Beyond Nurses Notes. Mary M. The Geometry of Care. Debbie Indyk. Across The Red Line. Richard Karl. Faith, Angels and Overcoming Gbs. Paul Funk. Kathryn Pitkin Derose. Eating Positive. Jeffrey T Huber. Penny Wolfson. A Cat of Nine Lives: Brian Halton.
Dry Bones Breathe. Eric Rofes. After the Wrath of God. Anthony M. The 13th Configuration. Diane Lyoness. Make your title specific. Step 3: Write the eBook and make it pretty So now you have to write your eBook and format it so that it is all pretty.
This is where the magic happens and, unless you know what you are doing, the obstacles. Because it is totally free and has an excellent selection of features. For example, it allows you to instantly convert your regular.
If you have a new version of Microsoft you can probably do all of this stuff but please do not go out and download anything for the purpose of eBook writing. For this reason you should start with the end result that they are looking for and work your way backwards. Sometimes I will write the contents page first because it gives me a good plan. Other times I will just write like crazy and worry about the format later.
They have two types of headers main and sub and they have lots of lists and paragraphs. The reason for this is because people hate digesting large lumps of content. While long form content is getting more popular, it needs to be formatted in a scan-able way.
Remember, when using photos you need to make sure you download the correct license and get permission. You also want to avoid stock photography that has been used thousands of times before. If you are really specific about what you want photos of or if you need your own product in there somewhere then you are going to have to hire your own photographer. And this is expensive.
Taking the photos yourself on the family camera is never a good idea because they generally look really amateurish. You really only need to use a simple font like Arial, Verdana or Georgia at size 14 or 16 and then a simple color scheme like black with one other.
Less is always more in the design field. You should also avoid bright reds for text as it looks spammy. Think professional writers or other people in your industry. The point is not so much to find spelling mistakes although that is important but to figure out whether it is solving problems, coherent, etc.. You really need someone to be able to give you the hard truths about your writing style and execution of ideas.
Of course, its just a PDF file and not a real book, but by giving it a graphical representation people will feel like it is worth more.
I highly recommend getting a designer on 99Designs to make you something professional. Remember, this is going to represent your whole brand. Now, I am not going to talk about how to sell an eBook because I really believe it giving them away for free.