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E-books

Ashley F. Miller, Ph.D.

Introduction

The e-book is a digitized version of a book, meant to be read on a computer, e-reader, tablet, or smartphone. Many of the best-selling e-book titles are digital versions of popular print books without any significant structural changes from the print form, but some also introduce animation, video, hypertext, and social networking into the reading process. In addition to major titles, self-published books also play an important role in the e-book market. The goal of the e-book is to provide the ability to read books through an onscreen interface rather than on paper.

In the communication ecosystem perspective, the text and images of the e-book are the content. Just as in printed books and periodicals, ...

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