Lately I’ve been posting quite a few sales featuring some great ebooks written mostly by fellow bloggers, including the amazing Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle! eBooks are becoming quite popular in case you haven’t noticed. 🙂  For those of you that may be scratching your head about the word “ebook”, here’s the definition from Wikipedia:

An electronic book (variously, e-book,eBook, ebook, digital book, or even e-edition) is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices.

While real, hard copy books are still my favourite,  there are quite a few reasons why I like ebooks:

  • They’re available instantly
    Sometimes I just want a book right away.  I don’t want to wait for it to arrive in the mail or have time to get to a bookstore.  Or, by the time my turn comes for a book I request from the library, it’s not applicable to me anymore!
  • They’re cheaper
    eBooks are almost always cheaper then a hard copy book, and I don’t have to pay for shipping!
  • They’re great for traveling
    No need to bring along several heavy books on vacation!  I also like the fact that I always have a selection of books to read if I’m waiting for an appointment.
  • They’re almost clutter free
    Aside from the device you use to read them (computer, smartphone, eReader) there’s no clutter involved in owning ebooks!  You can have an entire library of books in your bag!
  • They’re a way to support fellow bloggers
    When I purchase an ebook from a blogger, I know that my money is going directly to them to help them run their sites and support their families.

How exactly do you read an eBook if you don’t have an eReader?

Most ebooks that I purchase are in PDF format.  I really like this format because it allows me to read the books in several different ways.  Here are the options:

  1. On my computer
    This is my currently my favourite way because I don’t have an eReader and it allows me to quickly reference a book because I’m “always” on my computer. You can read any PDF on a computer, but if you prefer to read them using a Kindle app, you can download a free Kindle app for any device here, including your computer.
  2. Print them outI’ve never actually done this with an entire book, but in the case of an eCookbook, I’ve printed out individual recipes once we’ve enjoyed the recipe a couple of times.  I put these printed pages into my recipe binder, but if you print an entire ebook, you could put each book into it’s own three ring binder. Or, you could put several different ebooks into one binder if they’re of the same topic.
  3. Get them bound
    If you really enjoy having a hard copy, you may want to head to your local office supply store to have your ebooks bound!  This actually might be cheaper then printing them out yourself.
  4. Read on a Smartphone
    As I mentioned above, Amazon has several free Kindle apps for you to download making it possible to read ebooks on your smartphone (or tablet, or computer).  I have an iPhone so quite often I like to read while I’m waiting in the checkout line or at an appointment.  You can also send several different formats, including PDF, to your Kindle app via Send to Kindle.

Tomorrow, I’m going to tell you how I organize all the eBooks I own since I’m starting to have quite the library!

Do you read eBooks? Do you have an eReader, or do you read your them in a different way?