Do robots dream of electric sheep? Do robots take ebooks on vacation?
Of course robots don’t go on vacation. They also don’t commute, or sit in dentists’ waiting rooms, or curl up in favoured chairs on Sunday afternoons.
eReading is not reading that robots do. eReading is when you read your books in a digital format instead of the older style printed format. Books in digital format are called ebooks, and you read them on an electronic device like a smartphone, tablet, computer or eReader.
The next big thing?
How about old news? Believe it or not, eBooks have been around since 1971 — and thanks to the internet, they’ve only been getting better and easier to buy ever since.
eBooks can be bought in a myriad of places like Amazon and Kobo, as well publisher websites (Found Press eBooks can be purchased on both of those major retailers’ websites, as well as our own website!)
Once you’ve completed your purchase you don’t have to wait for mailman to deliver your book — it’s available for download instantly!
eBooks can come in any number of formats, but two of the most popular are EPUB and MOBI (Found Press publishes all our stories in both formats.) Which one you will need depends on your device.
EPUB files can be uploaded to and read on most non-Kindle eReaders. They can also be read on PCs and Macs, tablets, smartphones, and iPods, using a variety of free programs and apps such as Adobe Digital Editions, Stanza, Kobo, and iBooks.
MOBI files can be uploaded to and read on Amazon’s Kindle devices, and by programs such as Stanza and Kindle for PC/Mac.
Choose your weapon
Which electronic device you use to eRead is up to you. If you already have a smartphone like a Blackberry, iPhone or Android you can download any number of apps that will let you load, store and open ebooks.
If you have a tablet like the iPad or Playbook you can download an app specially designed for those devices to take eBooks with you wherever you go.
There are dozens of specialized electronic reading devices available, like Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Sony Reader, and many more. Each device offers different features and functions, so you should do a bit of homework before making your investment. Wikipedia offers an unbiased starting point in their comparison of eBook readers.
If you’re not ready to commit to an eReader but still want to see what the fuss is about with ebooks, you can easily sign up for a number of online platforms. There is a lot of choice but two that I like are BookGlutton and Bookworm because you can sign up using a pre-existing Google or Facebook account and get straight to ereading.
Many classics have been re-released and made available as eBooks; many publishers offer newly released titles in both traditional print format as well as digital format; and some publishers offer their readers an exclusively digital format.
At Found Press we combined our love of reading — especially short stories — with our passion for digital innovation. Our stories are only available as ebooks.
The typical eBook lover is just like you and me: an intelligent person who loves good writing but doesn’t have scads of time to spend reading.
Just like you, we’re busy people with careers, families, and social calendars that take such huge chunks of our lives that we’re only left with little bits — the commute to and from work each day, the idle time spent waiting at appointments, and the occasional rainy afternoon.
eBooks fit perfectly into our busy lives because they’re easy to pack around, they offer the ultimate in convenience when it comes time to buying new stories, they’re very often significantly more affordable than the printed book, and they’re even environmentally friendly!
Check back for our next installment in our Intro to eReading series. We’ll be offering lots of great reasons why you should choose eBooks over traditional printed books and opening the floor to you, our readers, to share your comments on the greatest reading innovation since the Gutenberg press!
In the meantime, why not browse our store and see which one of our great titles catches your eye. We publish the finest short stories, and at at just $0.99 per title you’ll love building your eLibrary with us!