We have enjoyed printed books for more than 500 years. Now we can read them, in eBook support (electronic book), in the computer, on the Internet, mobile, or in eReaders, electronic devices designed for reading, in which we can carry our personal library of 4.000 or more titles, in a device about the size and weight of a printed book.
In an eBook, as with any book, we can insert bookmarks, highlight words or paragraphs, write margin notes, besides using other additional functions: we can modify type font size, "surf" the pages with hyperlinks; look for word meaning in built-in dictionaries; see images in different magnifications. There are the so called Enhanced eBooks, that include audio and video.
eReaders (eBook Readers)
Their screen –with eInk (electronic ink) technology– like paper, with no inside light, allows a relaxed reading; through eReaders you enter book specialized online stores and securely buy new titles.
Amazon Kindle, Kobo Reader, Barnes & Noble' Nook, and Sony Reader are the most well known, although there is a wide range of brands, models and prices in the market, from US$90 to US$400, depending on the brand, the model and the storage capacity.
Among many other functions, Tablets also are intended for eBooks reading –through free downloadable or preinstalled apps–: they are really an entertainment, education, communication and productivity “center”, right in your hand.
Apple’s iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Blackberry Play Book are the most well known, although there is a wide range of brands and models. Prices from US$350 to US$1,200, aprox.