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How do e-books work?

 
 
Reply Sat 1 Dec, 2007 09:53 pm
When you purchase an e-book I assume they send some link to your email so you can download it.

Do you have to print the entire book if you want a hard copy?

Do you read the entire book on a computer screen?

Do you have to save the link or file they send you to always have it?

Any help would be appreciated.
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contrex
 
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Reply Sun 2 Dec, 2007 02:30 am
look here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-book
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Tailbone
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 01:07 pm
Try it yourself and see.
I find ebooks to somewhat less convenient, but they take-up significantly less shelf space.
Also, I use an IBM thinkpad with a 9 hour battery as my reading device....makes my whole library portable.

Baen free library
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 03:44 pm
Tailbone--

Welcome to A2K.

Very interesting link--thank you.
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Tailbone
 
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Reply Fri 11 Jan, 2008 10:13 pm
Noddy24 wrote:
Tailbone--

Welcome to A2K.

Very interesting link--thank you.


You're welcome.
Now try this one (register for download addresses).

I hope you don't have an obsessive personality. Laughing
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Fri 11 Jan, 2008 10:24 pm
Re: How do e-books work?
CerealKiller wrote:
When you purchase an e-book I assume they send some link to your email so you can download it.


Depends on the service, often it's just a PDF in a download area you are granted access to.

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Do you have to print the entire book if you want a hard copy?


Not sure what you mean as you can buy the book if you want a hardcopy. But yes, you'd need to print if you want to go soft-hard. Note that some won't allow you to do this easily.

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Do you read the entire book on a computer screen?


Or an e-book reader, the more advanced ones use "electronic paper"which doesn't have the downsides of reading on a backlit screen.

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Do you have to save the link or file they send you to always have it?


Depends on the service, some will just email you the file and provide you no online backup.

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Any help would be appreciated.


Look into the Amazon Kindle. It's the best ebook reader hardware ever paired with the best ebook service ever and comes with free hi-speed wireless access as part of the service. It's "the ipod of ebooks" and the first shot ebooks have had of going mainstream.

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Amazons-Wireless-Reading-Device/dp/B000FI73MA
Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 12 Jan, 2008 03:12 pm
Tailbone--

Thank you.

That link can be cherished by others--I'm a sharing sort of soul.
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Scoops
 
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Reply Mon 16 Aug, 2010 05:34 am
@Robert Gentel,
Hi, I'm looking for an e-reader for my elderly Grandmother as she can't hold the weight of a heavy large print book any more. I live a considerable way from her though and would like to get to know some easy ways of getting e-books to her. Can I download with my pc onto a usb stick and post to her? Realistically is it easy to fathom reading from the usb with no help? Can you download books fairly cheeply? Any help and I'd be grateful, thanks.
Coops
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