The e-book (electronic book, digital book) is a book-like publication in a digital form. Electronic books are usually similar to their paper equivalents as far as their structure (chapters, pages, paragraphs) and media used (text, images) are concerned, however they are readable on electronic devices (a computer, tablet, e-book reader).
New technological advances of e-book readers have enabled to enrich their content with interactive elements and multimedia (e.g. movies), which may considerably influence the way we use them.
Worth to know
- The e-book is a form of knowledge base that is easy to distribute - it can be read on a multitude of different devices such as e-book readers, laptops, tablets, or smartphones.
- The preparation of an e-book is much easier than that of a paper book, the production time is much lower than print and the delivery to users, especially ones from all over the world is much easier than the sending of books.
- An e-book can contain simple interactions, based on the used format. They can be links that send the reader to particular parts of the books or more advanced interactions.
- The e-book works well, in places where resources are provided on demand. This way can be paid or have a goal of collecting data about potential clients.
- An e-book is relatively easy to update. However, an update usually requires the learners to re-download the e-book on their device.
- A lot of items from professional literature are available in electronic form. Thanks to that it is easy to deliver specialized knowledge to learners.
- E-books are just a different form of a book so they are a rather passive way of learning.
- E-books are relatively easy to process - thanks to which it is possible to, for example, create different variants of one book to use in various training with relatively low effort.