1. eBooks, generally known as electronic books, have acquired their name from the fact that when opened it behaves like the traditional book we are familiar with.
a) One can go forward by one page or go back by one page.
b) If properly compiled navigation from the menu to any page is easy.
c) Bookmarks are possible.
2. eBooks additionally can show animated pictures and a sound file or MS Agents can read out whatever is written on the page.
3. eBooks are usually a collection of web pages (htm, html etc) that are bundled into a .exe file. It can do whatever a web page can do and more.
4. Let us presume that a story is available on the WWW as a series of web pages linked to each other, in case we want to save these on our Hard Drive for reading at our convenience later, it involves download of a folder with the content files and the html file. It is possible that the sound files will not download.
5. Most often the inter-linking of the pages is lost. The sound file has to be retrieved separately from the cache.
6. If a collection of say 10 web pages has a file size of 1MB, these when converted into an eBook will usually be 5% to 10% less in size as the eBooks use compression and decompression . Picture only files do not reduce in size.
7. The eBook being a .exe file evokes the fear of viruses, however it is also true that any .exe files should be scanned for viruses before opening by the anti-virus program on your machine.
8. A web page may have a .wav file included to read out the page content to us. However the page loads up much faster than the .wav file, and so one has to wait while before the sound begins.
9. The only advantage of a web page by page book is that you can see one page and then decide not to read or download the others, in an eBook one has to download all the pages that the compiler has included in it.
10 . Use it with care and see how convenient eBooks are.