Free ebooks: What are ebooks?
Electronic books are digital books that may have also been published in paper. An increasing number of ebooks are published initially or exclusively on the Web.
Ebooks fall into two categories, those you read on a desktop and those you download to a specialized device:
Ebooks you read on a desktop or laptop.
Many ebooks can be read on a personal computer with a web browser. These include new and old, popular and academic, fee and free titles. A few non-profit organizations and universities have created free electronic editions of works that are in the public domain (over 80 years old). An increasing number of publishers, often university presses, are offering selected new titles for free online. A few vendors are selling collections of new and classic works to public and academic libraries.
Ebooks you download to specialized readers.
These ebooks are downloaded from a vendor for a fee and read using the vendor’s software. Most are current, popular titles. Gemstar ebooks sells a device which hold about 10 books. Handheld computers, including Palm, Franklin, and others, offer ebooks as an add-on. Another new and larger product, the goReader, is meant for textbooks.