Proliferation of eBook Readers
After two decades of experimentation with eBook formats and readers, the
world moving toward eBooks and other digital content. Printing on paper and
distribution to readers involves many layers of costs and environmental
degradation that can be avoided with electronic distribution of information and
entertainment. While desktop computers can offer luxurious accommodation - big
screens, big keyboards, and big storage capacity, portability appears to be a
big attraction. Many new portable devices including lighter laptops,
smaller net books, tablets, and a variety of smart phones have appeared. In
2010, Apple introduced its new iPad with a full color screen. Many competitive
tables are being introduced.
We continue to have misgivings about attempting to read books on small
screens. Even 15" laptop screens are confining. We know that people who attempt
to read our webpage and books on smart phones cannot enjoy the full
benefit of our best efforts. They get a small sample of what offer. We use dual
25" monitors in our office workstations and enjoy reading Web Pages and PDF files
in full color. To us attempting to read meaningful text on a smart phone can
become an exercise in frustration.
Persona Online eBooks are downloaded as Adobe Portable Document
Files (PDF) the standard for electronic document distribution worldwide.
Adobe has provide free downloads of their PDF reader for many years. Most
regular computer users already have Adobe's Reader installed and the reader is
integrated into Microsoft's internet explorer. The program is updated regularly
as a free service. Adobe PDF files are compact and can be shared, viewed, and
navigated by everyone.
When you use the Adobe Reader, you can click on a topic in the table
of contents. In older versions you can use bookmarks to jump thru the text. You can also use the search (
find) function to look for keywords or phrases. Our books allow you to mark,
copy and paste text.
Proliferation of eBook Readers
Amazon's Kindle is a leader in the monochrome, paper-like
display screen that has evolved quickly into affordable and versatile
devices Amazon provides eBook downloads via wireless connections.
The latest Kindle has a built in PDF reader. You can send PDF documents
via your @Kindle address or drag and drop PDF files from your computer to your
Kindle (when connected via USB). The Kindle DX ( released in April 2010) has an
8-inch by 11-inch screen that displays our PDF books with all the formatting
that we create. The smaller Kindle 2 show the PDF pages intact, but the font
size is not scalable and is too small to read.
Smart phones with internet access, reading and writing capabilities are
becoming the new personal digital assistants. Several smart phones with larger, full color screens will
display a microscopic version of webpage and eBooks. We hope that readers will
study our books and to accomplish meaningful learning they need a larger format
One problem is the proliferation of eBook formats that are not yet
compatible. The PDF format has a lead in presenting digital content worldwide.
We bet that it will become a de facto standard for all eBook readers. At least,
all readers will have to acquire the ability to render PDF files with formatting
1. The Alpha Online site is programmed for physical shipments to
the US and Canada. eBook downloads from Alpha Online can be ordered from many
more countries, using Pay Pal.
We encourage international customers to order eBooks rather than print books.
The cost of shipping books is increasing. eBooks are low cost with no shipping
charges. Downloads are immediate. eBooks are portable and can be sent anywhere
in the world with no shipping cost. eBooks are a good way
to review a book before you decide to buy a printed version. eBooks are
printable, you can copy selected texts and paste into a word processor.
A Free Copy of the book Self Care for the 21st Century is available as a PDF
file for download.
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