shy away from books produced in electronic format preferring instead the
feel of a paper book in their hands. While there is comfort in things
familiar, a lot can be lost if we are not open to new ideas. Admittedly,
an electronic book lacks the tactile feel of paper, but offsetting this
are a number of features not possible with paper. Some important benefits
of e-books are listed below............
1. Damage Resistance: Traditional
paper books are subject to wear and damage with use. The workshop
environment can be particularly hard on an expensive paper book.
Solvents, dust and other shop materials can permanently stain or
damage a paper book.
An electronic book, on the other hand, is not
really a physical object and therefore is not subject to the same type
of wear. If a physical copy is needed for the shop, only the actual
pages needed are printed. If they become soiled, damaged or are
marked up, new copies can be printed if needed.
Electronic books offer a unique capability not possible with
traditional books. Most e-book formats support word or phrase
searching within a page or the entire document. The ability to easily
find a certain word or phrase among hundreds of pages can prove
invaluable when working with a large book. For many, this capability
alone makes e-books a superior choice.
Electronic books can, and usually do, contain clickable links to
topics within the book as well as external sources. The ability to
jump from one topic to another with a simple click makes navigation
within an e-book quick and efficient.
impressive however, is the ability to jump from a page in the book to
any one of the millions of web sites with the same simple click. For
technical subjects, this fast transition to supporting sites is very
Zoom Capability: One of the
most useful functions that an e-book provides is the ability to zoom
in on any part of a page. When photos or drawings are an important
part of an explanation, the ability to enlarge and study the photo
often becomes critical.
simply being able to enlarge the text makes reading without strain
much more comfortable. With paper, a magnifying glass is the only
Multi-Media Capability: An
electronic book is able to incorporate many types of electronic media.
Sound and/or moving images can be easily incorporated into an e-book.
For certain subjects, this can provide a dimension of clarity simply
not possible with a static paper book.
Lower Cost: Paper
books, particularly those in a large format or with high-color-use or
low print volume, become very costly to produce and ship. In some
cases, the cost versus potential return simply does not justify
publication of an otherwise useful work.
An electronic book cost approximately the same to produce regardless
of its length, format size or color content. E-books on media such as
CD can be mailed anywhere in the world for very little costs and some
e-books can actually be downloaded from web sites at, essentially,
zero distribution cost. For low volume, high color or page content
books, an electronic format is often the only feasible means to put
the work into circulation.
Admittedly, an e-book can't replace the memory of sitting on dad or
grandpa's lap as he reads from a large storybook. On the other hand,
e-books can become a very useful tool in today’s world of instant
E-books will never replace paper
but they can provide an enhanced information source to those who are