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E-books: Fad or Future?

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E-books: Fad or Future?
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     challenging words:    e-book, E-books, ebook, HTML, downloaded, following, barnes, page-turning, trend, reading, better, photography, cons, compatible, text, bookstore
     content words:    HyperText Markup Language, Portable Document Format, Peanut Markup Language, Extensible Markup Language, Microsoft Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Palm Pilot, Stephen King, Arguments Against Ebooks

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E-books: Fad or Future?
By Colleen Messina

1     Until the 1990s, if you wanted to have a good time reading a book, your best choice was to curl up with a book next to a roaring fire with a cup of cocoa and your choice of a dog or a cat. Okay, maybe that doesn't sound too exciting, but up until recently, that was your only option. Now you can curl up in a comfortable office chair and read e-books next to a roaring Xerox machine!
2     E-books are the latest way to publish anything, and the term "e-book" simply means "electronic book." An e-book is a book published in a digital form. It is downloaded from the Internet into your computer, tablet, smartphone, or other device so you can read it on the screen of an electronic device. An e-book has pages, illustrations, and chapters like a real book. All kinds of books can be made into e-books, from reference manuals to children's books.
3     E-books come in several different formats, referred to by their acronyms. For those of you who enjoy long, complicated names, here are some. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language, and this format can be read on most computers. PDF means Portable Document Format, and it looks a lot like printed pages on your computer screen. XML means Extensible Markup Language, and it is used with Windows operating systems.

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