Introduction to E-book Technologies
Warren T. Jones, Ph.D., P.E.
This one hour online course discusses the emergence of e-books and their technologies. E-books and the popular specialized reading devices represent new mechanisms for the dissemination of technical information as well as for personal access to an amazing array of retail and free e-books. It is important for engineers, architects and land surveyors to keep up to date on these technologies and be ready to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses for professional applications and opportunities as well as personal interests. This course provides information for this purpose, beginning with a historical perspective, followed by an overview of e-book and e-reader characteristics, discussion of local library e-book systems and the attractive self-publishing opportunities afforded by these new technologies.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course content.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
This course is intended for all engineers, architects and land surveyors.
Benefit to Attendee
Attendee of this course will be able to evaluate e-book technologies for possible professional use and also understand the business opportunity of self-publishing.
The digital age has been encroaching on the world of paper book publishing for a number of years. However, the advent and popularity of the e-book reader has increased this impact and changed publishing business models, especially those of self-publishing. One digital innovation in publishing was print-on-demand (POD) which used electronic versions of books to eliminate inventory. The result of the POD process was in fact a traditional paper book, whereas the e-book is electronic from start to finished product, a very different animal. E-books are clearly increasing in popularity. Will they be a niche technology or will it replace all paper books? It is much too early to say. The purpose of this course is to examine this new technology and discuss its current strengths and weaknesses as well as where the trends seem to be taking us.
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This course has provided an overview of the emerging field of e-book technologies. Advantages and disadvantages are discussed. Engineers, architects and land surveyors should be aware of these technologies and be prepared to evaluate them for professional use. The user-friendly tools for self-publishing also provide an attractive possible business opportunity.
For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following website:
NOOKbook Store – Nook E-books, newspapers, magazines and apps
Kindle Store – Kindle books, newspapers, magazines and apps
Sony eBook Library - E-book library with E-books selected and optimized for the Sony E-Book Reader
Free E-books – Free E-book resources
Engineering E-books – eBooks.com website
The Kindle Chronicles – Kindle related blogs
Kindle Nation Daily – Kindle information for authors and readers
International Digital Publishing Forum – International Trade and Standards Organization for the Digital Publishing Industry
How to Publish Anything on Amazon's Kindle - An excellent E-book on self-publishing targeted to the Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone and other smart phones.
eBook Crossroads – A website that claims to be “your one-stop resource for writing and publishing”
E-Book Readers Forum – A good resource for troubleshooting tips and buying advice.
eBookReadersResource – A guide to E-book readers technologies
E-Book Publishers Directory – Alphabetical list of all E-book publishing companies across the world
List of E-Book Libraries – Non-exhaustive list of E-book libraries