Publishing is moving to the electronic age. More and more books are available electronically. Not only does this save you money, it is more convenient as long as you are comfortable with your electronic devices. Your first step into the world of ebooks is to explore what is out there.
1. Benefits of ebooks.
Are ebooks for you? Brainstorm advantages of ebooks over regular books. Here’s a list to start.
- Many free ebooks available
- Purchased ebooks are cheaper than printed books
- Read on computer or other electronic devices
- Easily carry them with you
2. Disadvantages of ebooks.
Brainstorm disadvantages of ebooks. Here’s a list to start.
- No power equals no books
- Electronics more easily damaged
- May be hardware / software dependent
Compare the advantages and disadvantages. Are you leaning toward ebooks?
3. Ebook readers.
Proprietary readers are designed to read ebooks in a format they determine. Some can read other formats as well. Review the following list. How many have you heard of? Compare them and determine if a proprietary reader is for you.
- Kindle / Amazon
- Nook / Barnes & Noble
- iPad / Apple
4. Smart phones.
Smart phones have software that allows you to read ebooks. Examine ebook readers available for your smart phone. Choose one and install an ebook reader on your smart phone. Try free ebooks to see if you like the portability of ebooks. Here are a few applications to start your search.
- eBook Search
5. Reading ebooks.
Try downloading an ebook on your computer, smart phone or ebook reader. Review your advantages and disadvantages. Which are more important to you after trying an ebook?
Places to find free ebooks
6. Project Gutenburg.
Choose from over 42,000 free ebooks. These are digitized by volunteers. They are available because the copyright has expired in the US. Also, check out the additional 100,000 available through their Partners, Affiliates and Resources links. These include links to similar projects in other countries such as Australia and Canada.
Choose from over 29,000 free ebooks.
8. Free ebooks.
Site features ebooks writers pay to publish and you get them free.
9. Get free ebooks.
Sign up to get notifications of free ebooks. This site is a nominee for best Web site for free ebooks. NOTE: Some of the links are to ebooks that are free for a limited time. If you are interested in one, be sure to download it in a timely manner.
10. Google book search.
Google book search links to many ebooks. Only those in public domain are available for free downloads. Check out the future of Google books to see about the settlement and where they plan to go in the future.
11. How to search for free ebooks.
Read the article for help finding additional free ebook resources. Explore some of the links and bookmark any that you would like to return to in the future.
12. Keep exploring.
There are many ebook sites available. The above list is only a small sampling. Use the links below or go to your favorite search engine to search for more. Enjoy your adventure through the world of ebooks.
Sites to Explore