Recently UPNG signed an agreement with Ebrary which will allow libraries from all over to purchase electronic versions of our books, such as The Military and the Monarchy.
But why e-books?
In the 21st century technology has become such an integral part of our lives. It seems that nothing goes untouched from its widespread arms and books are no exception. The creation of e-books, digital or electronic versions of paper books, changes the way we read and access books.
With the popularization of Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s NOOK, and Apple’s Ibooks we have a universe of publications right at our fingertips. E-books translate into cheaper production costs for authors and publishers, which allows them a chance to sell more obscure books. As a result, a wider variety of books, catering to many different interests are now available. These changes are empowering for readers because they are not simply confined to what is in print, but are able to choose from a seemingly-endless variety of books online.
The growth of technology has brought about an increased awareness of its effects on our environment. E-books are an excellent alternative to paper books because they are environmentally friendly in two very important ways: no paper is used and no shipping is necessary. Electronic books will help preserve our forests and will also cut down on emissions released during travel.
But, probably the biggest attraction to e-books is their convenience. You can carry an entire book bag or library inside one light-weight e-reader. When finished with one book, simply click a button and you’re off on another adventure. E-readers also allow you to take notes, access an electronic dictionary, and change the type-size.
Eventually, e-books will become the dominate way to read, and publishers and consumers are jumping on board.