Electronics, Electronics & Electronics….it's everywhere.
We have eTickets, eGifts, eBanking, eCommerce, and this list.
Have you ever thought about why it is so? Yes, it's just because we are nowadays addicted to the idea of doing everything virtually anywhere, anytime on any device. Revolution has changed the way we do anything. It started to make our everyday activities easier, and now it is making its way to our leisure activities. Reading is one such activity that comes to our mind when discussing the electronic revolution. eBooks have been introduced as one of our favorite pursuits these days.
What is an eBook?
An eBook can be defined as a book converted or composed into a digital format to get displayed on a handheld device or a computer screen. Isn't it a straightforward definition?
eBook- An electronic book
Another definition for an eBook is that it's a book converted into a digital format helping a reader read it on any digital device, including big computer screens or other small screens.
Layouts of eBook
eBooks have helped authors reach out to the widest possible audience. There are three different types of layouts you can choose from while creating an eBook.
This layout helps in providing responsive images and text, enhancing the look and page positioning. A go-to eBook format treats the content as floating images and texts, arranging them based on screen size. This layout also helps optimize the content when a user switches between landscape and portrait views. Readability for the new dimensions will be enhanced, and the reader can change the font size according to his screen size.
This layout is also known as the pre-paginated layout and acts as a digital lock on image and text placement. When the look and the design of an eBook are vital, this layout comes in handy as a bonus. Fixed layout is best suitable for heavy image publications, including cookbooks, coffee table books, etc.
This layout helps incorporate audios, footnotes, animations, etc., to make your eBook more interesting for your readers. We at MAP Systems employ the best team of conversion specialists to help you get the best ebook conversion services, ensuring the creation of visually stunning and compelling eBooks.
What are the benefits of eBooks?
eBooks have been introduced to the reading world and are much better than traditional paperback books due to the following benefits.
We all focus mainly on saving money. Isn't it? eBooks can save you money as there is no shipping or manufacturing cost as it was for those traditional paperback books.
Saves our environment
Traditional paper books used to consume tons of paper in the manufacturing process. Again you might also know about the amount of pollution released by factories. What about an enormous carbon footprint? eBooks not only save energy but are also helping in reducing pollution and deforestation annually. Isn't this a real win for us?
Are you among those fortunate people having big libraries to store your books? If not, eBooks are the best for you. You will not need an extra room as eBooks can be stored on a single device. You can save a huge amount of space with eBooks.
eBooks can be instantly downloaded
eBooks can be bought virtually from anywhere, anytime on any eBook-supported device. You can download an eBook instantly with the touch of a button. A reader will not require to drive to the actual store and spend hours shuffling through dozens of books and then waiting for your orders to arrive at your place. This time-consuming task has been made easy with eBooks as you can easily access your eBooks anywhere, anytime, and start reading them right away.
Convenient and portable
We get attracted to everything that can make our life easier. eBooks are one among those things which are convenient and portable, giving you a library at your fingertips. Instead of lugging around many paperback books, it is much more convenient to carry your favorite books on your iPad or any other lightweight eBook supporting device.
Finding a section in your eBook is easy. You can search the keywords instead of flipping through the pages. With the proper keyword, you will be directly taken to the page or the section you are searching for, making an eBook easily searchable. This is beneficial for the people who are busy reading long books and would take hours to flip through that specific page or the section.
Font change is possible in eBooks.
Good news for the readers who have difficulty seeing the small fonts printed in the paperback books. The eBook gives you an option to change the font size. Easily customize the fonts instead of squinting or trying to reach for your glasses.
The most important features of an eBook
For a newbie, an eBook is just a file that can be read on a digital device. While we consider other files that can be read on digital devices, some special features differentiate eBooks.
eBook should be reflowable
No matter what screen size you view your eBook on, it should always be reflowable to fit any screen. The eBook text will remain as in the format with images, chapters, line breaks, and it will resize to fit the device proportions. PDF is an exception as they aren't reflowable or editable. They technically don't qualify as eBooks but are widely used as unofficial eBook formats due to their downloads and distribution ease.
eBooks should not be editable
The text in an eBook should not be editable and should always be converted into an non-editable format. There are thousands of people accessing ebook content on their digital devices. There are also chances of people changing content without the permission of the real author. That's why to be qualified as an actual eBook, texts should not be editable.
Some of the popular eBook formats
While searching for eBook formats, you will come across a wide range of options. Using these many formats of eBooks will not be possible for anyone, so keeping it simple, we will look at these three super-easy formats. Based on the ability to be used in a format and the ease of use, here are a few eBooks formats.
Amazon developed AZW files for its Kindle eReaders. AZW files can store all the complex content, including highlights, bookmarks, and annotations. The use of AZW files is restricted to devices with Kindles apps. These files can be accessed only from the online bookstore of Amazon.
An electronic publication (in short- EPUB) is the eBook format that is widely supported and can be read on different devices, including tablets, smartphones, computers, and most eReaders except Kindles. These files are reflowable, making them possible to be read on small devices.
A portable document format, also known as PDF, can be technically called a true eBook and is the format more popular among users. Being created by Adobe, PDF is easy to use, and it can hold customized layouts. PDFs are not reflowable and difficult to read on a small screen. They are the commonly used eBook formats, especially by marketers.
MAP Systems can be the best choice for all your publishing needs as we provide the best in class digital publishing services. We have an expert team helping authors, publishers, libraries, enterprises, and educational institutions create electronic books that can engage readers and enhance their reading experience.