E-books are here and they're getting bigger!
There have been e-books around for a few years now, and in Cambridge the e-books project began in 2005. Already in America, e-book sales from Amazon have overtaken paper sales (that acutally happened in December 2009), and so we can guess the direction this is going to continue on.
While you may not feel inclinded yet to read War & Peace on your PC screen, the rise in e-book readers makes recreational reading much more convenient - there are plenty to chose from each with their own strengths and weaknesses - the most popular include:
(sony e-book reader, kindle, increasingly the iPad)
While a lot of e-books are behind logins, or you have to buy them to download onto your e-book reader, there are plenty of e-books available for free.
There's a list of free e-book providers available on the ebook pages of the UL website.
- Project Guttenberg is perhaps the best known - browser the bookshelf, and open a couple of books
- how do they differ in presentation from the e-books availble via the University or the NHS?
- borrow the iPodTouch and try reading the e-books which are loaded on it already, and /or try going online to access the Oxford Textbook of Medicine (http://otm.oxfordmedicine.com/