If you’re in the mood for reading a few good books but don’t enjoy the hassle of turning pages, spilling coffee over the words and you prefer to save a couple of trees, then electronic books, or e-books, are what you need.
Fans of Harry Potter may recall when early copies of the seventh book were leaked and a generous owner photographed every page from it and posted it online. This premature release prompted early readings and inevitable spoiling of the plot. While that is one way of reading books online, there are legitimate alternatives to be had.
There is the option of simply searching for PDF versions of books on the Internet, and hope your query finds the droids you’re looking for, but there are Web sites dedicated to providing open source material.
One popular Web site for downloading and reading literary classics, poetry and other works of fiction is Project Gutenberg. This online library carries more than 100,000 works of fiction, with more than 28,000 being complete books. Readers can find anything from William Shakespeare to Jane Austen to George Orwell.
An easy way of finding what you’re looking for is to use the search feature that finds books by author or title. Then you’ll find all of the possible matches, which also include versions of the book in multiple languages.
You may also notice that some works may have an audio clip associated with them. This is definitely important for certain poems because of the rhyme scheme or whatever the key sound the author is trying to create with words.
Everything on this site is completely free and is made possible by volunteers and donations. These works are not only available to view on your computer, but can also be viewed on PDAs and smart phones; allowing readers to take their books with them on the go, without lugging around the vile grimoires.
Another method for reading books online, albeit a little expensive, is the Amazon Kindle. It costs about $300 and can display downloaded e-books. The text appears as if it were on paper, which makes it easier to read than on the computer.
The Kindle isn’t limited to novels, as textbooks can also be purchased for download and cost much less than what the hard copy would cost. Additionally, the Kindle allows users to subscribe to large newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post and receive electronic versions of these publications.
Considering many print publications are closing almost daily and going completely online, this is essentially the way to go to create a faÃ§ade that print is still alive. Electronic publications don’t only cater to technology enthusiasts, but it’s also good for the environment, as fewer trees will have to be cut down for paper products.
Whether you want to keep up with technology, or are just tired of the “old way” of reading books, try e-books.So take a look, it’s an e-book (a reading rainbow).