The discussion concerning the viability and chances of success of eBooks is not new. In recent decades, there have been talks as to when and whether the eBook will overtake the printed book in terms of popularity. Following music, newspapers, magazines, television, and radio, the digital transformation has now also caught up with the book industry. The market is undergoing a period of change – and is restructuring itself.
eBooks are digital versions of printed books, which are distributed through the Internet. These files can be read on eReaders, tablets, personal computers, smartphones, and also on some mobile phones. eBooks can be published in a variety of file formats. This multiple-application strategy mitigates the problem of competing file formats, as consumers rarely need to move a book saved in one format to a device that requires a different format. Formats are especially important to customers,
Convenience and flexibility as their US peers. That puts the onus on buyers to understand the file type, and whether it is compatible with their devices. At this time, PDF and ePUB are the most common eBook file formats.