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An electronic book, also known as an e-book or eBook, is a book publication made available in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on the flat-panel display of computers or other electronic devices.[1] Although sometimes defined as "an electronic version of a printed book",[2] some e-books exist without a printed equivalent. E-books can be read on dedicated e-reader devices, but also on any computer device that features a controllable viewing screen, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones[3].

In the 2000s, there was a trend of print and e-book sales moving to the Internet,[4] where readers buy traditional paper books and e-books on websites using e-commerce systems[5]. With print books, readers are increasingly browsing through images of the covers of books on publisher or bookstore websites and selecting and ordering titles online; the paper books are then delivered to the reader by mail or another delivery service[6][7]. With e-books, users can browse through titles online, and then when they select and order titles, the e-book can be sent to them online or the user can download the e-book.[8] By the early 2010s, e-books had begun to overtake hardcover by overall publication figures in the U.S.[9]

The main reasons for people buying e-books are possibly lower prices, increased comfort (as they can buy from home or on the go with mobile devices) and a larger selection of titles.[10] With e-books, "electronic bookmarks make referencing easier, and e-book readers may allow the user to annotate pages." [11] "Although fiction and non-fiction books come in e-book formats, technical material is especially suited for e-book delivery because it can be electronically searched" for keywords. In addition, for programming books, code examples can be copied.[11] The amount of e-book reading is increasing in the U.S.; by 2014, 28% of adults had read an e-book, compared to 23% in 2013; and by 2014, 50% of American adults had an e-reader or a tablet, compared to 30% owning such devices in 2013.[12]

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  3. ^ Wiener, Harvey S. (August 29, 1996), "Moms and Dads as Reading Helpers :Good Books Through The Grades", Any Child Can Read Better, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-510218-5, retrieved April 10, 2021
  4. ^ "Catalogus van deftige print-konst. [The Hague: Gerard Block, 1738]". Book Sales Catalogues Online. Retrieved April 10, 2021.
  5. ^ Grafton, Anthony (1997). Commerce with the Classics. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-10626-4.
  6. ^ 1966-, Lewis, Mario, (2006). IT application service offshoring : an insider's guide. Response Books, a division of SAGE Publications India Pvt. ISBN 978-81-321-0275-5. OCLC 436046057.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Creating and Marketing Early Reader Picture Books", The Early Reader in Children's Literature and Culture, New York : Routledge, 2016. | Series: Children’s literature: Routledge, pp. 48–64, December 22, 2015, ISBN 978-1-315-67963-1, retrieved April 10, 2021CS1 maint: location (link)
  8. ^ "BBC – WebWise – What is an e-book?". www.bbc.co.uk. Archived from the original on February 4, 2017. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  9. ^ eBook Revenues Top Hardcover – GalleyCat Archived July 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Mediabistro.com (June 15, 2012). Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  10. ^ Bhardwaj, Deepika (2015). "Do e-books really threaten the future of print?". The Times of India. Archived from the original on May 17, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  11. ^ a b "e-book Definition from PC Magazine Encyclopedia". Archived from the original on August 7, 2017.
  12. ^ E-reading rises as device ownership jumps Archived March 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Pew Research. Retrieved July 24, 2014.