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Thursday Thirteen

September 24, 2009


Today its all about eBooks! I was on the phone with a family member the other day and we were talking about ePublishing and eBooks. Since there was some confusion about what an e-book was, how to get one, and what to do with it once you have it I’m sharing thirteen facts about e-books this week.

1. eBook, short for electronic book , is an e-text that forms the digital media equivalent of a conventional printed book.

2. eBooks are green.

3. eBooks cost less than regular printed books because they don’t need to be printed, stored, or shipped.

4. eBooks equal instant gratification. Purchase, download, and read your new book in about five minutes. You can’t get a pizza that fast!

5. You don’t have to own an eReader to read them. eBooks can be read on your computer, laptop, iPhone, Palm, the list goes on and on.

6. eBooks are non-transferable. They can’t be sold, shared, or given away.

7. eBook software is free, all you have to do is download it. Most publishers and eBook sellers have all the software available on their websites.

8. There are many places to buy eBooks. You don’t have to stick with the big names like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Borders. There’s BooksOnBoard, My Bookstore and More, Fictionwise, and

9. eBooks don’t take up any space. If you’re like me and love books then you know all about constantly dwindling bookshelf space.

10. You can get more than just books electronically. Newspaper and magazine subscriptions are also available electronically.

11. Have I mentioned they’re green? We only have one planet people!

12. Many authors offer free downloads of short stories or excerpts from their books on their websites or their publisher’s website. It’s a great way to try a new author!

13. Did I mention the price? We are all pinching pennies these days and eBooks are a great way to still enjoy new books by your favorite authors without making a huge dent in your wallet.

So which do you prefer eBooks or print books? Why? Happy Thursday!



13 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2009 8:43 am

    Great information Sophia! 🙂 I love ebooks. Happy Thursday!

  2. cmtorrens permalink
    September 24, 2009 10:10 am

    Great list. I love ebooks too. Happy T13!

  3. September 24, 2009 10:17 am

    I like eBooks, but for me, there’s nothing like curling up in bed with a book. I find it soothing. Happy T13!

  4. September 24, 2009 10:24 am

    Yay! E-book lovin’! I love ebooks and paperbacks. Heck, I just love to read. lol.

    But ebooks take up less space and ya gotta love that!

    Awesome T13 list, sugar.

    My list is up at my group author blog at:

  5. September 24, 2009 11:00 am

    It’s hard to believe that there are still folks out there who don’t know what eBooks are. But I guess I’m just spoiled, with my internet and computer, etc.

    Still, I have to agree with Adelle – I love curling up with a book in bed, especially when I’m ill! I just can’t see the e-equivalent being quite the same, yet.

    I’m sure I’ll come around, though.

    happy TT!
    Ciao for now!

  6. September 24, 2009 11:36 am

    Great TT! Great facts!


  7. September 24, 2009 12:31 pm

    I was just pimping ebooks to a friend of mine who spends a lot of time sitting around – sitting in carpool lines, at doctors’ offices, etc. She was somehow under the impression that you couldn’t get “regular” books in e-formats. *sigh*

  8. September 24, 2009 1:56 pm

    Still battling the “when will you have a real book” thing from a few people but more learn every day

  9. September 24, 2009 2:13 pm

    I thought you had to buy eBooks directly from the ePublisher.

  10. September 24, 2009 2:24 pm

    Informative post. I still prefere printed books–I don’t have a laptop, cell phone, e-reader, etc, and spend enough time with computers that reading off a screen isn’t fun or relaxing to me. And, as Adelle said, there’s nothing like curling up in bed–or on the couch under an afghan–with a good book.

  11. September 24, 2009 2:58 pm

    I think I’m the only one I know IRL who’s heard about eBooks…

  12. September 24, 2009 3:11 pm

    I love ebooks. The reason I first started buying them was to read niche futuristics and paranormals that were difficult to find in print. Then, I found that it was easier to read at night when I sat in the baby’s room with the lights out waiting for him to go to sleep. I could read on my handheld PC (like a Palm) since it was backlit. Couldn’t do that with a book. This week I was reminded of another good thing about ebooks. I lost the paperback I was reading. grrrr. I don’t lose ebooks. One other wonderful thing… Harlequin, for one, is starting to release their backlist in ebook format. Awesome way to read old category when they’re out of print.

    Can you tell I love ebooks? but, I can’t read them in the tub and I prefer paper when I’m outside at beach, etc. But I still love the option of choosing which I want.

    Great list!

  13. September 24, 2009 4:08 pm

    I started reading ebooks to read “something different”. These days I like the storage aspect and definitely the instant gratification. Can I say how great this aspect is for someone living in New Zealand?

    I have to say that I HATE the geographical restrictions though. They suck bigtime.

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