The concept of ebook, also mentioned as e-book, refers to the English expression electronic book: that is, electronic book. A book is a literary, scientific or other work that is constituted as a volume. The electronic, on the other hand, refers to the action of the electrons when they are subjected to the influence of an electronic or magnetic field.
The idea of ebook, in this framework, refers to the text that is presented in a digital format and that is analogous to the printed book. Sometimes the notion also allows us to mention the device used to read and store this kind of book.
While a printed book is developed on paper, the ebook contains its content in bits. The reader, therefore, does not have to turn pages to advance in the reading, but the material is viewed from a screen. According to Abbreviationfinder, NME stands for Electronic Notebook.
Although it depends on its format, an ebook can be read on any device that has a screen: a computer, a tablet, a cell phone or mobile phone, etc. However, there are devices designed specifically for reading ebooks, such as the Amazon Kindle and the Sony Reader.
In the comparison between an ebook and a printed book, advantages and disadvantages of both elements can be mentioned. An ebook does not take up physical space, it avoids the felling of trees since it does not use paper, it is easy to move and allows the inclusion of multimedia links.
In addition to these advantages, we cannot fail to highlight others such as the following:
-On the same device hundreds of books can be included.
-The price of an electronic book is cheaper than a paper one.
-There are no out-of-print editions of the ebook versions, they will always be available.
-There are models that are specially designed for people who have visual deficiencies.
-The purchase and reception of an electronic book is practically immediate.
-Many models of ebooks have lighting so that they can be read even in the dark or in low light conditions without affecting the eyes.
On the other hand, it facilitates the illegal copying and distribution of works and requires electricity to read them.
In the same way, we cannot ignore the fact that it is also established that the ebook has other disadvantages, among which the following stand out:
-Its acquisition requires a higher financial outlay than buying a book.
-Depends on a battery, so if it runs out, the ebook will turn off and cannot be used until it is charged or connected to the power supply again.
-Requires having a minimum knowledge at the technological level to be able to use it and get the most out of it.
-There are old books that have not yet been digitized and, therefore, cannot be read in the ebook.
-Those who see it as a disadvantage consider that when any ebook becomes waste it will become a device that will generate harmful emissions for the environment.