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An eBook or electronic book is a book published in digital format consisting of text, images or both and is readable on computers and other electronic devices. Almost all electronic devices that feature a controllable viewing screen, including computers, mobile phones and Smartphones can be used to read eBooks with some companies providing an emulator to allow their users to read their eBooks on other platforms. Different readers follow different formats with most specialising and supporting Abode reader and PDF format. Information can easily be found in an eBook since there is a search facility which eliminates turning of pages to find data and links for further access can be added. The invention of the eBook has eliminated the use of paper for printing and therefore assisted with the preservation of trees along with freeing up space since storage is not needed. Revision and updating eBooks for publishers is a simple process and covers can be individualised to suit the reader’s preferences. Personal publishing is now greatly facilitated as everyone can write books and allow them to be read through the Internet.  Below is a list of the best eBook stores available on the Internet today. Some of the stores provide free books for your reading pleasure and the list ensures that hours of enjoyment and reading time is now right at your fingertips.


1. EBooks.com – http://www.ebooks.com/

This site specialises in eBooks and has the latest titles, books that have just arrived to the store and popular reading as well as suggested titles. You can see the bestsellers in categories such as fiction, romance, science fiction, history, religion and self-help and there is a large section for non-fiction with many subjects to select. Books on the afterlife and business are highlighted and gift certificates and academic subjects are also given. You can sign up for the newsletter to receive alerts when new books arrive and the eBooks are suitable for Kindles, Android, PC, Mac and eReaders.



2. Gutenberg – http://www.gutenberg.org/

Project Gutenberg has over 42,000 free eBooks for your Kindle, which you can read or download. You can browse the book categories and search through the catalogue with the latest selections highlighted.  A site map can be found to help you make your selection and books are also available in Portuguese, Spanish and German. The site is run by a small group of volunteers and a small donation to support and keep the books free to share is welcome.


3. Barnesandnoble.com – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/NOOK-Book-eBook-store/379003094

World famous bookstore Barnes and Noble have a special section called Nook Books dedicated to eBooks. There are snaps, daily finds, book bundles and books for under $5 to be found with favourites and best sellers highlighted. You can receive personal recommendations and popular topics include fiction, romance, history, sci-fi, biography’s, cookbooks, health and fitness, self-help, sports and travel to name a few. New releases are advertised and you can also purchase toys, games, music, DVDs and magazines from the online store.



4. Kobobooks.com – http://www.kobobooks.com/

Kobobooks.com has free eBooks as well as the 50 best sellers and new releases available. You can browse by category including romance, fiction, mystery and suspense, history, biographies and many more with recommended reading given and special offers updated daily. There is a section to purchase eReaders with free apps to download and creating an account enables you to join the mailing list to receive promotions and exclusive offers.


5. Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-eBooks/b?ie=UTF8&node=154606011

Amazon is at six in the world on Alexa.com and has a section specifically for eBooks and Kindle eBooks. There are popular features and book deals with monthly deals at $3.99 or less. A current special offer enables you to select any 25 eBooks with the best sellers updated hourly and there is a special section for hints and tips on your Kindle along with managing it and also full support.



6. Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.books

Google Play Books is an android app which functions similar to Amazon’s Kindle. There are millions of titles to choose including new releases with up-and-coming authors and free books. The app is compatible with computers, iPhones and tablets and you can pick up a book straight away from where you left off. You can sync between devices and new additions include copying selected text, support for rental books and new design of the scrubber and recommendation cards.



7. Kindle at ITunes  - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kindle-read-books-ebooks-magazines/id302584613?mt=8

This is the world famous eReader by Amazon and allows you to read newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs as well as books on iPhones, iPods and iPads.  There are over one million titles in the store and you can continue reading where you left off from any device. There are free book samples so you can read a little before you buy and pages can be turned by tapping or flicking. You can customise your margins and font size to suit your needs and there is an instant dictionary and word look-up facility.



8. Waterstones.com – http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/browse/ebooks/4294964587/

Waterstones.com has eBooks in ePUB and PDF format, but ePUB books are not compatible with Kindle. There is the facility to share eBooks with favourite authors and recommendations highlighted. Popular categories are crime, fiction, romance, children’s books, sports, erotica, fantasy and non-fiction with many sub-categories to select as well. There is a special section for Kindles along with used books and special offers and a blog is in place for commenting and assistance.



9. Sony – https://ebookstore.sony.com/

Sony has a reader and a section specialising in eBooks with featured titles and best sellers highlighted. There are links to the Reader blog and the public library for assistance and there are special sections for new books and also for children. Special collections are available and titles can be chosen from subjects such as biography, cooking, drama, fiction, foreign-language, home and garden, horror, mystery, music, romance, science fiction and travel to name a few.


10. WHSmith – http://www.whsmith.co.uk/dept/ebooks/home?page=1&results=60

WHSmith have millions of eBooks available in their online store with new releases and yet to be released titles advertised. There are special offers and eBook charts to view with the most popular categories being biographies, children’s books, cookery, crime, mystery, health, history, humour, religion, romance, science fiction, self-help and travel. There is a site map to help you find your way around and a store locator so you can find your nearest local branch.



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