We are living in incredibly exciting tech times:
eBooks (electronic or digital books) are not only the wave of the future in education and pleasure reading, but already prominent on the literary landscape. Just as the invention of the printing press catapulted the world into a new era of literacy and the explosion of knowledge, so publishing without the medium of paper and ink and printing presses has rocketed us off a new launching pad.
From small fry to senior citizens, eager eyes are reading books on their Kindles, Nooks, iPads, iPhones, personal computer screens, and other dedicated electronic eReader devices. Academia is on the verge of being transformed; electronic college text books can already be rented. Soon many children and teen students may not be carrying heavy school books in their backpacks anymore. They will be studying online from eBooks.
It is no longer accurate to say that an eBook is an electronic version of a printed book. Now an eBook can be "born digital" and exist without any printed equivalent. For the author, therefore, the publishing scene is changing rapidly. Self publishing is on the increase--easy and economical. It is possible to skip the print version of a book entirely and go directly to being published in the eBook format. Since I want to keep up with the times, and given time, I may venture in that direction as well.
A major advantage is that an eBook will never go "out of print." Getting published time is minimal when submitting a manuscript for digital formatting. Moreover, a reader can enlarge the font to reformat the existing eBook into a large type book for the visually challenged, as well as hear it read aloud with the text-to-speech capability. One can use the highlighting feature and the built in dictionary to define any word in the text. Free sample chapters of every book are available before you decide whether to buy, and any book published before 1900 is in public domain and therefore can be downloaded free of charge.
The changes have been so rapid and recent since the general availability of the Internet only since the 1990s. It seems unbelievable that physical books were first offered to the public on the Internet by Amazon.com only since 1995, and they launched Kindle in 2007.
Several of my published books are already available on eBooks.You may do an eBook search by my name and then access whichever titles I have available in that electronic format.