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An eBook (also: e-book, ebook) is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. The term is used ambiguously both to refer to either an individual work in a digital format, or a hardware device used to read books in digital format. Some users deprecate the second meaning in favor of the more precise "eBook device." However the term interplay works out coloquially in the long run, eBooks are an emerging and rapidly changing technology, and since at least 2004 have included the newer experimental eMagazines, pioneered in part by Baen's Books in their release of the first Grantville Gazette eMagazine. The field of electronics is the study and use of systems that operate by controlling the flow of electrons (or other charge carriers) in devices such as thermionic valves and semiconductors. ... A digital system is one that uses numbers, especially binary numbers, for input, processing, transmission, storage, or display, rather than a continuous spectrum of values (an analog system) or non-numeric symbols such as letters or icons. ... Look up book in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In the fine arts, a work or a work of artis a creation, such as a song, book or a painting. ... An ebook device, sometimes also called an ebook reader, is a device used to read ebooks on. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that ezine be merged into this article or section. ... Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen. ... The Grantville Gazette is a ongoing series of electric books edited by Eric Flint. ... It has been suggested that ezine be merged into this article or section. ...


The term e-text is often used synonymously with the term eBook, and is also used for the more limited case of data in ASCII text format, while the more general [e-book] can be in a specialized (and, at times, proprietary) file format. An exception to this rule is the academic e-text, which commonly includes components such as facsimile images, apparatus criticus, and scholarly commentary on the work from one or more editors specially qualified to edit the author or work in question. Proprietary indicates that a party exercises private ownership, control or use over an item of property, usually to the exclusion of other parties. ...


An eBook is commonly bundled by a publisher for distribution (as an eBook, an ezine, or an internet newspaper), whereas e-text is distributed in ASCII (or plain text), or in the case of academic works, in the form of discrete media such as compact discs. Metadata relating to the text are sometimes included with etext (though it appears more frequently with eBooks). Metadata commonly include details about author, title, publisher, and copyright date; less common are details regarding language, genre, relevant copyright conventions, etc. A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... An ezine is a periodic publication distributed by email or posted on a website. ... Computer files can be divided into two broad categories: binary and text. ... Metadata (Greek: meta- + Latin: data information), literally data about data, are information about another set of data. ... Copyright symbol. ...

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Formats

The eBook community has many options when it comes to choosing a format for production. While the average end-user might arguably simply want to read books, every format has its exponents and champions, and debates over "which format is best" can become intense. The myriad of eBook formats is sometimes referred to as the "Tower of eBabel". For the average end user to read a book, every format has its advantages and disadvantages. Formats available include, but are by no means limited to: A document file format is a binary file format for storing documents on a storage media, especially for use by computers. ...


Image files

An eBook can be distributed as a sequence of images, one for each page. In this way, any image format can be used as an eBook format. This method of distribution produces files much larger than all others, and also has the disadvantage that the user cannot select text, nor can the eBook be read by a screen reader. Distribution as images is most suitable for comic books, books about art, or other very visual works. See also Category:Graphics file formats Here is a summary of the most common graphics file formats: Some file formats, e. ... A screen reader is a software application that attempts to identify and interpret what is being displayed on the screen. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...


Rich Text Format

Published as an .rtf RTF (usually referred to as such) stands for Rich Text Format, a document file format developed by Microsoft at least as early as 1987 for cross-platform document interchange that most text processing programs are able to read and write. ...


A standard formalized by Microsoft Corporation for specifying formatting of documents. RTF files are actually ASCII files with special commands to indicate formatting information, such as fonts and margins. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, SEHK: 4338) is an international computer technology corporation with 2005 global annual sales of US$39. ...


Hyper Text Markup Language

Commonly known as HTML An excerpt of HTML code with syntax highlighting In computing, HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is a markup language designed for the creation of web pages with hypertext and other information to be displayed in a web browser. ...


HTML is the markup language used for most web pages. eBooks using HTML can be read using a standard browser (e.g., Mozilla, Firefox, or Microsoft Internet Explorer), with no need for special equipment. A specialized markup language using SGML is used to write the electronic version of the Oxford English Dictionary. ... The World Wide Web (WWW or simply the Web) is a global information space which people can read-from and write-to via a large number of different Internet-connected devices. ... Icons for Web browser shortcuts on an Apple computer (Safari, Internet Explorer, and Firefox). ...


Open Electronic Book Package Format

Commonly known as OPF FlipBook


OPF is an xml-based eBook format created by E-Book Systems. eBooks created in this format are also known as FlipBooks as the viewing software presents the book in a 3D flipping format. There is an on-going project to make the OPF readable using a standard browser (e.g., Mozilla, Firefox, or Microsoft Internet Explorer), with no need for special equipment. Currently it requires the viewing client for the full Flipping experience. Icons for Web browser shortcuts on an Apple computer (Safari, Internet Explorer, and Firefox). ...


FictionBook

FictionBook is a popular XML-based eBook format, supported by free readers such as Haali Reader and FBReader. FictionBook is an open XML specification for ebooks. ... The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a W3C-recommended general-purpose markup language for creating special-purpose markup languages, capable of describing many different kinds of data. ... FBReader is a free e-book reader for GNU/Linux PDAs and desktops. ...


Text Encoding Initiative

TEI Lite is the most popular of the TEI-based (and thus XML-based or SGML-based) electronic text formats. The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is a consortium of institutions and research projects which collectively maintains and develops a standard for the representation of texts in digital form. ... TEI Lite is an XML-based file format for exchanging texts. ... The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a W3C-recommended general-purpose markup language for creating special-purpose markup languages, capable of describing many different kinds of data. ... The Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) is a metalanguage in which one can define markup languages for documents. ...


Plucker

Plucker is a free eBook reader application with its own associated file format and software to automatically generate plucker files from HTML files, web sites or RSS feeds. The format is a compressed HTML archive, somewhat like Microsoft's CHM. Plucker is a document viewer for Palm OS® based handheld devices and PDAs. ...


CHM Format

Also known as Microsoft Compressed HTML Help Microsoft Compressed HTML Help is a proprietary format for online help files. ...


CHM format is a proprietary format based on HTML. Multiple pages and embedded graphics are distributed along with proprietary metadata as a single compressed file. In contrast, in HTML, a site consists of multiple html files and associated image files in standardized formats. Metadata (Greek: meta- + Latin: data information), literally data about data, are information about another set of data. ...



http://haali.cs.msu.ru/pocketpc/FictionBook_description.html


TEX

The TeX format is a popular academic format. TeX is a typesetting system written by Donald Knuth, especially for technical writing applications in the scientific communities of mathematics and computer science. TeX can typeset complex mathematical formulas, but is now also being used for many other typesetting tasks especially in template packages. Few people write in plain TeX any more. LaTeX is a TeX document preparation system. LaTeX offers programmable features and facilities for automating aspects of typesetting and desktop publishing, especially numbering and cross-referencing, tables and figures, page layout, bibliographies. LaTeX was originally written in 1984 by Leslie Lamport and has become a leading method for using TeX (current version: 2ε) The TeX logo The TeX mascot, by Duane Bibby ΤΕΧ, written as TeX in plain text, is a typesetting system created by Donald Knuth. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Donald Knuth at a reception for the Open Content Alliance. ... Euclid, detail from The School of Athens by Raphael. ... Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems. ... The extraction of Latex from a tree; Latex is used in Rubber production Latex, as found in nature, is the milky sap of many plants that coagulates on exposure to air. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Leslie Lamport Dr. Leslie Lamport (born 1941) is an American computer scientist. ...


Portable Document Format

Published as a .pdf To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


A file format created by Adobe Systems, initially to provide a standard form for storing and editing printed publishable documents. Because documents in .pdf format can easily be seen and printed by users on a variety of computer and platform types, they are very common on the World Wide Web. But since they are designed to reproduce page images, and the text cannot be re-flowed to fit the screen width, PDF files designed for printing on standard paper sizes are hard to view on screens with limited size or resolution. Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) (LSE: ABS) is an American computer software company headquartered in San Jose, California that was founded in December 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke. ... In computing, a platform describes some sort of framework, either in hardware or software, which allows software to run. ...


PDF files are created mainly using Adobe Acrobat, but Acrobat Capture and other Adobe products also support their creation, as do third-party products such as PDFCreator, OpenOffice.org, and FOP. Acrobat Reader (now simply called Adobe Reader) is Adobe's product used to view PDF files. PDF files typically contain product manuals, brochures, magazine articles, or flyers as they can embed fonts, images, and other documents. A PDF file contains one or more page images, each of which you can zoom in on or out from. The PDF format can include interactive elements such as buttons for forms entry and for triggering sound and Quicktime or AVI movies. Acrobat PDF files are optimized for the Web by rendering text before graphic images and hypertext links. Adobe's PDF-like eBook format is incorporated into their reader. PDFCreator is an application for converting documents into Portable Document Format (PDF) format on Microsoft Windows operating system. ... OpenOffice. ... FOP (Formatting Objects Processor) is an XSL-FO processor written in Java, which provides the feature to convert XSL-FO files to PDF or direct-printable-files. ... Adobe Acrobat was the first software to support Adobe Systems Portable Document Format (PDF). ... A hyperlink, or simply a link, is a reference in a hypertext document to another document or other resource. ...


PostScript

Published as an .ps PS or ps may stand for: PS at the end of a letter stands for the Latin word Post scriptum. ...


PostScript is a page description language used primarily in the electronic and desktop publishing areas for describing the contents of a printed page in a higher level than the actual output bitmap. PostScript (PS) is a page description language and programming language used primarily in the electronic and desktop publishing areas. ... A page description language (PDL) is a language that describes the contents of a printed page in a higher level than an actual output bitmap. ... Desktop publishing (also known as DTP) combines a personal computer, page layout software and a printer to create publications on a small economic scale. ... Suppose the smiley face in the top left corner is an RGB bitmap image. ...


DjVu

Published as .djvu DjVu (pronounced deja-vu) is a computer file format designed primarily to store scanned images. ...


DjVu is a file format that has been long in obscurity, but that is starting to surface now that free tools to manipulate the files are available.


DjVu is a format that particularly excels in storing scanned images. There are even advanced compressors especially specializing in low-color images, such as text documents. Individual files may contain single pages, or they can be collections of multiple pages.


The images are divided in separate layers (such as multi-color, low-resolution, lossily-compressed background layer, and few-colors, high-resolution, tightly-compressed foreground layer), each compressed in best applicable method. The files are also designed to decompress very fast, even faster than vector-based formats.


The advantage of DjVu is that it is possible to take a high-resolution scan (300-400 DPI), good enough for both on-screen and printing, and store it very efficiently. Several dozens of 300 DPI black-and-white scans can be stored in less than a megabyte.


Microsoft

Published as an .lit The Microsoft Reader is a Microsoft program for reading of e-books. ...


The MS reader uses patented ClearType® display technology. Navigation works with a keyboard, mouse, stylus, or through electronic bookmarks. The Catalogue Library records reader books in a personalized "home page". A user can add annotations and notes to any page, create large-print eBooks with a single command, or create free-form drawings in the reader pages. A built-in dictionary allows the user to look up words. ClearType is a registered trademark for a technology developed by Microsoft Corporation to improve the appearance of text on certain types of computer display screens, especially flat-panel displays. ...


eReader (formerly Palm Digital Media)

Published as a .pdb PDB can be an acronym for any of the following: the Presidents Daily Briefing the Protein Data Bank the trio Pastorius, Dennard, and Bullock, and a jazz album by that trio a file format, Palm database, generally used to store data for an application a (proprietary) Microsoft file format...


eReader is a program for viewing Palm Digital Media electronic books. Versions are available for PalmOS, PocketPC, Symbian OS, Windows, and Macintosh. The reader shows text one page at a time as paper books do. eReader supports embedded hyperlinks and images. Most eReader formatted books are encrypted, with the key being the purchaser's full name and credit card number. In cryptography, encryption is the process of obscuring information to make it unreadable without special knowledge. ... A key is a piece of information that controls the operation of a cryptography algorithm. ...


Mobipocket

Published as a .prc


The Mobipocket Reader has a home page library. Readers can add blank pages in any part of a book and add free-hand drawings. Annotations — highlights, bookmarks, notes, and drawings — can be applied, organized, and recalled from a single location. Mobipocket Reader has electronic bookmarks, appearing in the page margins. Dictionaries allow users to look up definitions through a built-in lookup function.


The reader has a full screen mode for reading and has Microsoft ClearType® support. On Palm OS, readers can use sub-pixel rendering with the MobiType® font. Mobipocket Reader runs on many PDA types (including Palm OS, Pocket PC and Windows CE, Tablet PC, Casio BE-300, Psion, Symbian OS Smartphones, Franklin eBookMan) and on Windows 2000/XP. Mobipocket products do not allow reading on Linux, Macintosh or other operating systems. These systems may be used only as a conduit to a PDA. palmOne Tungsten T5 Dell Axim X51v Pocket PC Personal digital assistants (also called PDAs) are handheld devices that were originally designed as personal organizers, but became much more versatile over the years. ... Palm OS is an operating system made by PalmSource, Inc. ... A Pocket PC A Pocket PC, abbreviated P/PC or PPC, is a handheld-sized computer that runs a specific version of the Windows CE operating system. ... Windows CE (sometimes abbreviated WinCE) is a variation of Microsofts Windows operating system for minimalistic computers and embedded systems. ... Toshiba Portege 3500 tablet PC, in tablet configuration. ... Casio Computer Co. ... Psion PLC is a consumer hardware company mostly known for developing the Psion Organiser as well as a whole range of more advanced, clamshell-design Personal Digital Assistants. ... It has been suggested that EPOC (computing) be merged into this article or section. ... A smartphone is any electronic handheld device that integrates the functionality of a mobile phone, personal digital assistant (PDA) or other information appliance. ...


The Mobipocket eBook format based on the Open eBook standard using XHTML can include JavaScript and frames. It also supports native SQL queries to be used with embedded databases. Open eBook (or OeB) is the e-book format based on XML format and defined by Open eBook Publication Structure Specification (OeBPS). ... The Extensible HyperText Markup Language, or XHTML, is a markup language that has the same expressive possibilities as HTML, but a stricter syntax. ... JavaScript is the name of Netscape Communications Corporations implementation of ECMAScript, a scripting programming language based on the concept of prototypes. ... SQL (commonly expanded to Structured Query Language — see History for the terms derivation) is the most popular computer language used to create, modify and retrieve and manipulate data from relational database management systems. ...


The Mobipocket encryption system is not a password based system. Its DRM relies on the PDA hardware serial number. The acronym DRM can stand for: Digital Rights Management (or Digital restriction management) Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (German: German Racing Championship), 70s national racing series, best known as the father of DTM Design Reference Mission - A template for a NASA mission to Mars. ... palmOne Tungsten T5 Dell Axim X51v Pocket PC Personal digital assistants (also called PDAs) are handheld devices that were originally designed as personal organizers, but became much more versatile over the years. ...


A free eBook of the German Wikipedia has been published in Mobipocket format, see [1]. German Wikipedia is the German-language edition of Wikipedia, a free and publicly editable online encyclopedia. ...


ExeBook

Published as an .exe


ExeBook is a compiler that produces an eBook file that, when executed, produces a simulated book onscreen, complete with page texture. The etext is encrypted as graphic images so that automatic text copying is very difficult. The fear of exe files picking up viruses, however, is hampering its acceptance.


DesktopAuthor

Published as an .EXE and .dnl EXE is the common filename extension for denoting an executable file (a program) in the MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems. ... dnL was the name of a soft drink produced by Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. ...


DesktopAuthor is an electronic publishing suite that allows creation of digital web books with virtual turning pages. Digital web books of any epublication type can be written in this format, including ebrochures, eBooks, digital photo albums, ecards, digital diaries, online resumes, quizzes, exams, tests, forms and surveys. DesktopAuthor packages the eBook into a ".dnl" or ".exe" book. Each can be a single, plain stand-alone executable file which does not require any other programs to view it. DNL files can be viewed inside a web browser or stand-alone via the DNL Reader. Stand-alone is a loaded word, used to refer to various categories of computer programs, but rarely in a consistent fashion. ...


Newton eBook

Published as an ."pkg" and more commonly known as a Newton book; a single Newton package file can contain multiple books PKG may mean: Software package cGMP dependent protein kinase This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


All systems running the Newton operating system (the most common ones include the Newton MessagePads, eMates, Siemens Secretary Stations, Motorola Marcos, Digital Ocean Seahorses and Tarpons) have built-in support for viewing Newton books. The Newton package format was released to the public by Newton, Inc. prior to that company's absorption into Apple Computer. The format is thus arguably open and various people have written readers for it (writing a Newton book converter has even been assigned as a university-level class project).


Newton books have no support for DRM or encryption. They do support internal links, potentially multiple tables of contents and indexes, embedded grayscale images, and even some scripting capability (for example, it's possible to make a book in which the reader can influence the outcome).


http://tools.unna.org/wikiwikinewt/index.php/MakeNewtonEbooksIndex


Comparison with printed books

Ebook

Advantages

  • Text can be searched, except when represented in the form of images.
  • Take up little space.
    • Hundreds (or thousands) may be carried together on one device.
    • Approximately 500 average eBooks can be stored on one CD (equivalent to several shelves' worth of print books)
    • Because they take up little space, eBooks can be offered indefinitely, with no 'out of print' date, allowing authors to continue to earn royalties indefinitely (copyright law permiting), and allowing readers to find older works by favorite authors.
  • Ebooks may be read in low light or even total darkness, with a back-lit device.
  • Type size and type face may be adjusted. However, enlarging e.g. a PDF document magnifies the text but preserves the original layout and spacing; a practical limit on zooming follows from the requirement to keep a text column within the width of the screen (otherwise horizontal scrolling would be needed during and after reading each line, which would be very cumbersome). However, tagged PDFs can be reflowed in Acrobat 6 and 7, eliminating the horizontal-scrolling problem in zoomed PDFs. For more on zooming in, see Electronic maps.
  • Can be used with text-to-speech software.
  • Readily reformatted for independent platforms.
  • Instantly copied
    • When a backup is kept in a remote place, cannot be lost by fire, etc.
    • Once distributed, elimination is hard to impossible.
  • Distributed at low cost.
  • Distributed instantly, allowing readers to begin reading at once, without the need to visit a bookstore
  • Simultaneously share book (if networked).
  • Errors may be easily corrected with downloadable lists of errata or simply with corrected text. (This can also be an advantage for printed books, in different circumstances.)
  • At the moment, eBooks are commonly published by independent publishing houses, which can mean greater editorial and authorial freedom and more room for experimentation.
  • An inexpensive format for works that require color.
  • An excellent choice of format for works that benefit from search and cross-reference capabilities, such as dictionaries, reference works, certain kinds of textbooks.

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Disadvantages

From the user's point of view:
  • Can be incompatible with new or replacement hardware or software
  • Require care in handling and storage of the files, to avoid damage or loss
  • Reading can be hard on (or even harmful to) the eyes
  • Lacks the quality of a print book as an item
  • Limited battery life on portable devices
  • Can Phone Home to track readers and reading habits
  • Can restrict how many times a document is read
  • Can restrict printing

Phoning home is usually surreptitious communication between applications or hardware installed at end user sites and their manufacturers or developers. ...

From the publisher/author's point of view:
  • Can in some cases be hacked, or disseminated without approval from the author or publisher (some formats are more susceptible to this than others)
  • Not normally a good format choice for works that have extensive and/or large illustrations, such as works in art history, photography, large maps, etc.

Print book

Advantages

  • Less eye strain over extended reading time
  • If small, very portable.
  • Usable in adverse environmental conditions.
  • Robust and durable.
  • Readable when severely damaged.
  • Requires no power source, and no alternative reading device like a PC or a palmtop.
  • Errors are "forever"; this unchangeability sometimes adds to its value.
  • Has more value as "collector's items," e.g., first editions
  • At the moment, print books are primarily published by established houses including numerous international conglomerates, which can result in greater funds available for promotion of a title.

Disadvantages

  • From the user's point of view: Can be priced in a way that inhibits availability
  • From the user's and author's point of view: Can be put out of print and made unavailable to readers
  • From the author's point of view: Can be difficult to get a publisher to amend errata
  • Can be an awkward format for reference works or works that have many internal cross-references.
  • An expensive format for works that require color, since color printing commonly requires several passes of paper through the press (typically three to five passes).

Marching to Another Drum

Perhaps the most illustrative of how rapidly evolving and hotly contested the eBook format and digital data war is the evolving position held by Speculative fiction publisher Baens Books. Baen's began by surveying the field of eBook eFormats available in 1999, and decided to ePublish using cryptographically keyed downloads in several of the more common and useful formats, including the ubiquitous Rich Text File output compatible with Microsoft WORD and Microsoft Windows utility program Write.exe (WordPad). ... Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... RTF (usually referred to as such) stands for Rich Text Format, a document file format developed by Microsoft at least as early as 1987 for cross-platform document interchange that most text processing programs are able to read and write. ... Microsoft Word is a word processing application from Microsoft. ... Microsoft Windows is the worlds largest operating system for use on personal computers. ...


Subsequently, in early 2004 they experimented with an eMagazine under the urging of writer-editor Eric Flint, which achieved great success— to the point the first two unserialized magazines have been released in regular print with a third in production (See: Grantville Gazettes and become best sellers in print form). Within the year, Flint talked publisher Jim Baen into trying another experiment, which involves offering free copies of already published works in print forming the basis of what Baen's calls the Baen Free Library. Eric Flint (born California, USA, 1947) is an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. ... The Grantville Gazette is a ongoing series of electric books edited by Eric Flint. ... James Patrick Jim Baen (b. ... In the fine arts, a work or a work of artis a creation, such as a song, book or a painting. ... The Baen Free Library is a digital library of the science fiction and fantasy publishing house Baen Books where (as of June 2005) 77 full books are available for free download in a number of formats, without copy protection. ...


Since the experiment was again financially successful resulting in more printed sales, Baens has since radically extended the concept and scope of the experment such that most of it's early titles in a given Book series are offered free, and somewhat aged newer titles are periodically offered free as well for a limited time. All Baen titles are in the process of being back-converted to the eBook formats, or for new works, being pre-released as subscription-only serialized eBooks similar to the Baen eMagazine experment—  in three installments, roughly one third of each work in production. A book series is a sequence of books with common characteristics, typically marketed as a group by a particular author or publisher. ...


Baen Links

Unserialized purchased formats occur during the final month preceding the hardcover release of a work, and formats include Palm Pilot, Rocketbook, RTF and MS Reader versions. A collection of well-known science-fiction novels and magaz ines Science fliction is a genre of fiction which is notoriously hard to define. ...

  • Baen eBooks for Purchase — This is the rapidly expanding eBooks marketplace. Most titles may be viewed in part for free.
  • Baen Books Homepage — Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Alternate History and all subgenres of Speculative Fiction. Clicking on the underlined catalog name will open a preview eBook for all works on Baen.com; contrast with the above restricted content methods.
  • Schedule of Baen Books Releases

A collection of well-known science-fiction novels and magaz ines Science fliction is a genre of fiction which is notoriously hard to define. ... // For other meanings see Fantasy (disambiguation) Fantasy is a genre of art, literature, film, television, games and music that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of either plot, theme, setting, or all three. ... Alternative history or alternate history can be: A History told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer. ... ...

More on Wikipedia

For additional information, possibly more up-to-date, see wikipedia article: Baen Books#Electronic publishing strategy in the main article Baen Books. Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen. ... Baen Books is an American publishing company established in 1983 by SF publishing industry long-timer Jim Baen. ...


eBooks As An Industry

But, while Baen uses their Free Library to boost their print titles, it cannot be denied that eBooks as its own industry is a growing concern, growth in the double digits yearly, according to the quarterly reports put out by IDPF.


In fact, it may be noted that many of the new eBook publishers are former print publishers, and most established e-publishers offer print versions of many of their titles. The line between the two is fast blurring.


eBooks have their own bestseller lists, including those compiled by IDPF and Fictionwise. They even have two yearly awards for excellence in eBooks. The longest-standing and most inclusive of these is the EPPIE award, given by EPIC since 2000. The other is the Dream Realm Award, first awarded to Speculative Fiction eBooks in 2002. ...


eBook Industry Links

See also

Cassette recording of Patrick OBrians The Mauritius Command An audio book is a recording of the contents of a book read aloud. ... An ebook is an electronic (or digital) version of a book. ... An e-text (from electronic text; sometimes written as etext) is, generally, any textual information that is available in a digitally encoded human-readable format and read by electronic means, but more specifically it refers to files in the ASCII text file format. ... A digital library is a library in which a significant proportion of the resources are available in machine-readable format (as opposed to print or microform), accessible by means of computers. ... This is a list of projects related to digital libraries. ... Plucker is a document viewer for Palm OS® based handheld devices and PDAs. ... The Expanded Books Project was an undertaking at The Voyager Company during 1991, that investigated ideas on how a book could be presented on a computer screen in a way that would be both familiar and useful to regular book readers. ... Dynabook prototype The Dynabook was a conceptual system proposed by Xerox PARC in the late-1960s and early-1970s. ... A webserial is a written work of literature available primarily or solely on the Internet. ... Digital Rights Management (DRM) is the umbrella term referring to any of several technologies used to enforce pre-defined policies controlling access to software, music, movies, or other digital data and hardware. ...

References

MP3 Newswire is one of the earliest news sites focused on digital media technology. ... Usenet is a distributed Internet discussion system that evolved from a general purpose UUCP network of the same name. ...

External links

General

Software

  • The Openberg project (open-source implementation of the OeBF's recommendations)
  • eTextReader An MS-Windows based program, convenient for reading books from project gutenberg; also reads rtf and some other formats
  • eBook Edit Pro An MS-Windows based program for compiling HTML (Web) Pages into a self contained .exe file/book
  • Newton Book Reader Extension A Firefox extension for viewing Newton books.
  • Free eBook Search A Firefox extension for finding free eBooks.

Open eBook (or OeB) is the e-book format based on XML format and defined by Open eBook Publication Structure Specification (OeBPS). ...

Devices

  • Cybook (Bookeen)
  • Librie (Sony) (based on eInk) (in Japanese)
  • Sony Reader (based on eInk, comes out in 2006)
  • eBookwise-1150 (based on former Gemstar technology)

Formats

  • Mobipocket's Reader
  • E-Book Systems's FlipViewer
  • Microsoft's Reader
  • Palm Digital Media's Palm Reader
  • ExeBook
  • DesktopAuthor
  • OpenReader consortium
  • Plucker eBook converter and Reader
  • Newton book information

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The term e-text is often used synonymously with the term eBook, and is also used for the more limited case of data in ASCII text format, while the more general [e-book] can be in a specialized (and, at times, proprietary) file format.
An eBook is commonly bundled by a publisher for distribution (as an eBook, an ezine, or an internet newspaper), whereas e-text is distributed in ASCII (or plain text), or in the case of academic works, in the form of discrete media such as compact discs.
Ebooks may be read in low light or even total darkness, with a back-lit device.
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