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      e-Book consists of electronic content “originating from traditional books, reference material or magazines” that is downloaded from the internet. This digital object is designed to be read on a handheld reading device or even to be listened to from a speech-generating tool.

     The newest e-Books include a built in dictionary and search functionality, reference information selection; the ability to highlight text, underline or write comments or margin notes. The multimedia capabilities are also a distinguishable feature of e-Books, which allow stories to come alive with animated graphics and video.

     e-Books are produced by many kinds of electronic publishers, from best-seller publishers to university presses and multinational publishing conglomerates. Book production has been largely digital. Writing, editing, layout and pre-press preparations are computerized and the publishing workflow is all network based.

     Sometimes e-Books are produced by document scanning with the necessary and adecuate technology which allows to stand quickly but without damaging the original print edition. The image file produced when scanning the book is converted into text format by an OCR programme.

     You can read most online books with a conventional web browser. To read some books, however, you must download propietary software, usually free, that delivers a more book-like interface. The major players include Adobe Acrobat e-Book Reader and Microsoft Reader. The newest version of MS Reader can read aloud. Another new software product, the TK3 Reader has limited use in art and poetry publication.

      Libraries need a single reader software standard so that all e-Book platforms and devices can read the same e-text file. A standard format does in fact exist: the Open e-Book Publication Structure, currently HTML/XML based. And publishers do in fact produce text in this format, but the text is then translated into propietary formats before sale.

      Although it is not necessary to use a reader application or device in order to read an Ebook (most books can be read as PDF files), they are popular because they enable options similar to those of a paper book. An e-Book reader is most tipically handheld electronic device capable of dispalying e-Books. PDAs, pocket PCs, laptops and dedicated readers like Rocket e-Book, Cybook and GoReader are examples of e-Book readers.

*Terje Hillesund. (14 September 2001). Will e-Book Change the World.Retrieved: 20 November 2007.

*Kimberly Castro. (October 2007). The future of e-Books. Retrieved: 13 November 2007.

*Ana Arias Terry. (2000). Demystifying the e-Book – What is it, where will it lead us, and who’s in the game? Retrieved: 17 November 2007.

*Clifford Lynch. (28 May 2001). The battle to define the future of the Ebook in the digital world. Retrieved: 15 November 2007

*Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre. (2007, 14 de octubre). Libro-e. Retrieved: 20 November 2007.


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