An eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book (or an electronic book on itself) that can be read by using an eBook reader or tablet or a personal computer. (An eBook reader can be a tablet-like book-sized reader, an iPad or similar or a software application for use on a computer, such as Microsoft’s free Reader application or Apple iBooks).
Purchasing an eBook
The most popular method of getting an eBook is to purchase a downloadable file of the eBook (or other reading material) from a Web site to be read from the user’s reading device or computer. Generally, an eBook can be downloaded in five minutes or less.
Ebooks are just like a book, but different
Most eBook readers offer options similar to those of a paper book – readers can bookmark pages, make notes, highlight passages, and save selected text. In addition to these familiar possibilities, eBook readers also include built-in dictionaries, and alterable font sizes and styles.
Typically, an eBook reader hand-held device weighs from about 250 grams to 550 grams and can store from hundred thousands to over a million pages of text and graphics. A popular feature is its back-lit screen (which makes reading in the dark possible).
There are several kinds of eBooks. The most important variations of eBooks are:
- Epub (can be used on any device except the Kindle)
- iBook (can only be used on a Mac, iPad or iPhone)
- PDF (can be used on any device)
- Mobi (can only be read on a Kindle)
- Kindle AZW (can only be read on a Kindle)
Probooks delivers eBooks for all devices
Because ProBooks delivers eBooks for all devices we made the choice to supply the buyer with:
- ePub and Mobi files with every purchase.
DRM versus watermarking eBooks
Most eBooks on the market have a build-in security to make sure the eBook cannot freely be copied and/of distributed. That’s called Digital Right management (DRM). Although the reason behind DRM is to make sure the author and publisher get paid for every sold eBook, it can be annoying for the buyer; once bought the buyer is not able to switch from one system to another. For example: an iBook cannot be read on a Nook reader.
At ProBooks we have a different policy; we deliver all eBooks with Social DRM. Social DRM means that, right on the moment of purchasing, we implement the buyers name and email address, like a watermark, on several places in the eBook. The technology we use also places invisible markings in the file so the eBook can be tracked to the original buyer of the eBook. This name of this technology is social DRM or watermarking (and sometimes soft DRM)
Social DRM is created to discourage the buyer into copying the book and giving it freely to others, while respecting the buyers free choice in reading devices, and giving the buyer the freedom to make a back-up for personal use.