E-Books are very interesting and powerful pieces of technology, and while they’ve been in the works for many years, it is now with the age of instantly accessible internet that e-books have finally become what their creators have always envisioned them to be; useful pieces of data and information that can be pulled up from any device anywhere in the world and searched instantly for whatever relevant information is demanded or wanted by the user.
As an author and 21st century creator, there is nothing better than instant release and instant exposure to your audience and fan base. Years ago, it took months, sometimes even years for books to be submitted, edited, finalized, and then finally print up on paper and bound into editions.
These days the process can take less than 24 hours. What’s more amazing is that the material is available in most instances around the world and across borders.
Another amazing part about e-books is that the publishers normally take much less of a percentage of the earnings from the author, leaving the author with more money, but also in a much more beneficial relationship than the current contractual climate between traditional publishing houses and authors.
More on that relationship; with e-books, authors have much more editorial freedom than they did with traditional bookbinding publishers. The overhead costs of publishing traditional books are so high that most publishing houses aim for their authors to reach as wide of an audience as possible.
E-books cost almost nothing, and it’s possible to get involved with publishing entities that do not interfere with an author’s creative vision. It’s also very possible and easy to publish works on your own.
The review process with e-book is much shorter. If you decide as an author to revise your work, the new editions can appear instantly and without any problems.
It’s also easy to get almost instant feedback on work through forums like online comment boards, which helps authors tweak their work even more and helps authors find and interact with their fan base.
E-books also have their own freedoms when it comes to aesthetics and layouts. Millions of typefaces that are almost impossible to do or clear with publishing houses are available for e-books.
If you want to incorporate things like films or graphs and illustrations, this is easy with an e-book but almost impossible using traditional means. You can even push the envelope and do things with e-books that are very nontraditional, such as changing the page illumination and incorporate new types of renderings.
E-books are durable, in a way that paper copies will never be. Content and typefaces will always be clean and won’t ever become imperfect. You can do things like make unlimited bookmarks or ‘’highlight’’ pages or pieces of text without damaging the original source material.
All of this happens with a really low expense outlay. Sadly, many hardcover textbooks especially cost a lot of money; sometimes up to two hundred or three hundred dollars for new copies. This pales in comparison to the low prices for almost all e-books, which usually only run around $5 or $10.
Obviously, there are many more very basic benefits to e-books as well, namely, that they aren’t regular bound-and-printed books! Those of us who commute to work via train, or those of us who travel frequently for work or pleasure are surely aware of the heftiness and bulk that a traditional book has.
Obviously with e-books, you can carry tons of them and even things like movies that aren’t even possible with regular books. Honestly, a phone or a tablet can hold and/or replace so many devices that it holds so much utility.
This utility doesn’t just end while traveling; storage is so much easier with e-books compared to their traditional counterparts. There’s obviously no need for bookshelves or large storage areas; a whole library of e-books can live in an SD card or two.
Another very underrated feature of e-books is that they’re basically an ‘item’ you can own forever if you upload the PDF file or associated document file to the Internet for cloud storage. Some of us have moved from city to city, even country to country…usually when you do such things boxes of books are usually (out of everything) the things that get left behind due to their weight and bulk.
If you buy an e-book, and upload it to the cloud, you’ll literally never lose it. In five or ten years you’ll own an iPhone 15 or a Galaxy S25, or whatever is being used by then as a tablet or a phone…and you’ll be able to read those books you purchased way back in 2017. E-books are forever!
E-books also have a feature a paperback book will never have; the ability to search through them by typing in a word, versus using your hands to paw through the pages. You can even search through not just your book, but your entire e-library in a matter of minutes.
For most of recorded history, doing something like that meant using a ‘card catalog’ at a library, and sometimes heading deep into a basement to study microfiche or scans of books. These days, it’s the same as doing a Google search.
This makes a whole lot of sense if you’re not just browsing through a story for fun. Students and people looking to retain information or extract info from books find these types of features extremely useful.
So, e-books are powerful pieces of technology that offer a great service to modern authors, and help to explain the explosion of knowledge that’s now available for all of us to peruse on the Internet. They offer authors more freedom, they’re cheaper to purchase, and if you place them on an SD card or upload them to cloud storage they could last possibly forever.
You can carry thousands of them with you at one time, you can search through them easily, and storing them doesn’t require the use of large shelves! For a lot of people, e-books are the future. Get a e-reader now!