| ABOUT DIGITAL PUBLISHING
What is a digital book?
A digital book (aka ebook/e-book, electronic
book) is an electronic version of a full-length publication consisting
of text, images, or both, which can be downloaded to a handheld
reading device, personal computer or even a phone.
Merriem-Webster Dictionary defines the ebook as "a book composed
in or converted to digital format for display on a computer screen
or handheld device," but ebooks can and do exist without any printed
What is digital publishing?
Merriem-Webster Dictionary defines digital publishing as "publishing
in which information is distributed by means of a computer network
or is produced in a format for use with a computer." Simply
put, publishing to an electronic format rather than to print on
What is the advantage of digital books?
There are many advantages to publishing
and buying digital books. Here are just a few --
Almost unlimited storage--some
devices claim to store up to 3000 titles
Download books wherever
there's an internet connection available (may require
Text-to-speech software lets the device read to
you--set male or female voice and 'read speed'
Ability to change font size eliminates the need
to search out traditional large print books
Text search, annotation, highlighting, bookmarking
within each book
E-Ink technology offer readers a near-traditional
print reading experience
Digital books are generally less expensive than
their print partners*
Devices run on little
power, allowing near-continuous use for weeks at a time
before recharging is required
For the author, it
means a book need never go 'out of print'
face it, digital books are Green/Eco Friendly--No
ink or trees go into the production of books
Are there disadvantages to digital
Sure. Nothing is perfect. Here are a few
to consider --
probably a very important disadvantage -- the USA's Federal
Aviation Administration requires the prohibition of e-book
reader use on commercial airliners during takeoff and
landing. But we should already be used to this with CD
players and computers, as their use during takeoff and
landings has long been banned
Let's start with the '*'
above at [digital books are less expensive than their
print partners*]: Digital books released at the same time
as hardcover titles are generally priced similarly until
the book goes into paperback format 6-12 months later,
especially in the case with branded authors like Dean
Koontz and Nora Roberts
Technology advances . . . top of the line today
can be replaced by the 'new and improved' model tomorrow
Proprietary formats: While all devices support
epub and pdf formats, some also operate on their own format,
such as mobi with Kindle
Traditional devices are only designed for reading
mass market type books
Devices are susceptible to damage, aren't waterproof,
and can't take extremes in temperature. If your books
aren't backed up, those titles could become lost if your
There's no used digital book market, especially
for books with DRM, however this is beneficial
for the author who makes royalties off each new sale
There's nothing like a trip to the bookstore, wandering
the aisles for hours, flipping through volumes before
buying what you want
As with mobile/cellular
phones and other trendy electronic devices, theft of digital
readers is on the rise
What to do with old
or obsolete devices when you trade up?
*note: recycling centers are beginning to take these devices,
as they have long accepted computer componants and other
How are digital books purchased?
Each digital bookseller has their own policy,
but generally, digital books can be purchased by using a standard
credit card, through PayPal, or though proprietary gift cards
and vouchers which are applied to the reader's account prior to
Where can I learn more about Tirgearr Publishing
Check out our F.A.Q.
If you have a question about digital books
that hasn't been answered here, please send us an email.