Future of Text and Reference Books

Future of Text and Reference Books

We can segregate our Physics related books in two types… The first type is textbooks which we read line by line regularly and attempt almost every problem. And the second type is references which we may not need every day and may not read every chapter, but sometimes for some explanations or equations, we need them.

Textbooks are best in the printed format. We should not attempt to make an ebook as our main texts. There are two main reasons behind it. First, continuous and prolonged exposer to computer/ mobile/tablet screen may harm our eyes. Second, my experience is, ebook have less attention span than printed paper format books. So printed books will definitely survive as core texts.

What about the second category of books? Definitely, we’ll prefer ebooks. Suppose you read Arfken as core texts in mathematical methods, you may then prefer Riley-Hobson-Bence and Kreyszig in ebook format.

Downloading an ebook still easy but as the anti-piracy law will slowly tighten its grip, ebooks will be less and less available. What we’ll do then?

We must learn how to buy eBook legally. Amazon has both a device called KINDLE and an app named also KINDLE. Kindle is a specialized device for reading ebooks, I’ll write more on the device later on, for the time being, I’m telling about the app KINDLE which can be downloaded in Google play store from your Android device. After you install KINDLE app you can easily buy lots of FREE ebooks available from Amazon.

When you search a book in Amazon you please check in the tab where the format of the book is written, (paperback/hardcover) whether kindle version is available. Kindle version books are cheaper than paperback formats. If available, you can buy the Kindle version book by paying with Debit /credit card/ internet banking/ Amazon pay balance. After you pay to Amazon and buy the Kindle version of the book, you just open the KINDLE app on your Android device, you will find the Kindle book stored on your app and you will be able to read it…..

The ebook will be stored in the cloud against your Amazon account. So you will recover everything you bought when you change your phone/ tab.

Many of the talented authors will write books only in e-format in very cheap price and those books may not be available for free download. So the potential readers need to learn how to obtain and read an ebook legally.

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