E-books offer many features that you won’t get in a paperback, but for those who haven’t already dipped their toes into the world of digital publications, it can be a confusing place.
IT Governance Publishing, for example, offers all of its books in digitised formats such as Adobe eBook, ePub and Kindle.
But what are the differences between them, and how do you know which one you should choose? Let’s take a look.
UK government removes VAT from e-publications
The UK government announced that, from 1 May 2020, VAT will be removed from e-publications.
Therefore, IT Governance Publishing’s eBooks, ePubs and Kindle books are now cheaper, and match the price of their softcover books.
What are e-books?
The term ‘e-book’ is short for ‘electronic book’ and is the general name given to any kind of digital publication.
They are a great alternative to physical books, because there is no difference in the content but there are differences in the way you interact with it.
For example, most e-book readers give you the option to highlight a work and bring up a definition – which is ideal when you’re trying to make your way through a technical guide filled with unfamiliar terms.
E-books shouldn’t be confused with the brand name ‘Adobe eBook’, which is one of the most common e-publication platforms and used by the likes of Sony Reader, Kobo eReader and Nook eReader.
In order to access your eBook, you will need to download the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions.
The main benefit of Adobe eBooks is that you aren’t simply downloading the book to a specific device. Instead, you are assigned an ID, enabling you to access the book on any compatible device – which is ideal if you’re flicking between your e-reader, laptop and laptop.
What are ePubs?
An ePub (short for ‘e-publication’ and sometimes styled ‘EPUB’) is another popular type of e-book. It’s a file type, rather than a brand, and as such it’s supported by many different e-readers (except Amazon Kindle) and can also be used on iPhones, Androids, PCs and Macs.
Indeed, one of the major benefits of ePubs are that they enable flowable content, meaning that the content will adapt to the screen that you are using, whether it’s an e-book, a phone or a computer.
In order to access your ePub, you will need to download the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions.
What are Kindles?
Kindle File Format is the e-book file type associated with Amazon Fire tablets (formally known as Kindles) – although it is also compatible with Kobo eReaders and other devices that use the Kindle app.
Kindle e-books are widely popular because of the ease with which people can buy them. For example, if you are browsing for books on Amazon’s website as opposed to a specific bookseller, the content will invariably be in the Kindle File Format.
Top 5 benefits of e-books
Now you know the difference between the different types of e-books, but are you sold on the idea of purchasing one? Here are five reasons you should consider it:
- You get instant access to the book, and you’re not relying on finding it in your local bookshop or waiting for it to arrive in the post.
- The reading experience is more interactive. You can look up definitions of words you don’t understand, open links to websites and quickly flick between pages – perfect if the book is littered with footnotes or appendices.
- You can bookmark pages, make notes and highlight passages, which is helpful if you’re using the book as a study guide.
- Most e-readers have a read aloud feature, so you can listen while on the go or if you find that reading strains your eyes. This feature is also helpful if you’re unsure how to pronounce a word or phrase.
- E-books are more environmentally friendly than physical books. The publishing industry uses a massive amount of paper each year, so if you want to monitor your carbon footprint, e-books are a great place to start.
What e-books does IT Governance Publishing offer?
Every book that we sell is available in Adobe eBook, ePub, Kindle and print format, so whether your preference is a softcover or a digital book, we have you covered.
Here are some examples of our current e-books:
Making a Success of Managing and Working Remotely
Using case studies, diagrams and tables, Sarah Cook’s guide discusses both the technological and psychological aspects of remote working, helping employees and managers understand how they should evaluate the viability of non-office-based staff.
Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat
A must-have for organisations facing the coronavirus threat, Robert Clark’s guide reveals what organisations should do to mitigate the risk of pandemic threats and how to respond effectively.
ITIL® Foundation Essentials ITIL 4 Edition – The ultimate revision guide, Second edition
This book is fully aligned with the ITIL 4 Foundation course syllabus and is licensed by AXELOS.
Whether you are taking an ITIL 4 Foundation training course or are a self-study candidate, new to the framework or looking to upgrade your ITIL 2011 certification, this guide is the essential companion to achieve ITIL 4 Foundation certification.
ISO 27001 controls – A guide to implementing and auditing
Ideal for information security managers, auditors, consultants and organisations preparing for ISO 27001 certification, this book will help readers understand the requirements of an ISMS (information security management system) based on ISO 27001.
The book includes the definitive requirements that auditors must address when certifying organisations to ISO 27001.
EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – An Implementation and Compliance Guide
Now in its third edition, EU GDPR – An Implementation and Compliance Guide is a clear and comprehensive book providing detailed commentary on the GDPR Regulation.
It sets out the obligations of data processors and controllers in simple terms and will help you understand how to achieve compliance with the GDPR.
Explore our full range of e-books by heading to our website.