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An electronic book, also known as an e-book or eBook, is a book publication made available in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on the flat-panel display of computers or other electronic devices. Although sometimes defined as "an electronic version of a printed book", some e-books exist without a printed equivalent. E-books can be read on dedicated e-reader devices, but also on any computer device that features a controllable viewing screen, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

According to GARY MCLAREN who writes for the blog PUBLISH YOUR OWN BOOK There are several disadvantages to be aware of with ebooks:

1. Some people don’t like reading books on a computer screen. (But they could still print the ebook on paper if they prefer).

2. Ebooks made with some software require certain hardware and software to be installed, e.g. they might not be able to be read on a mac computer, or perhaps on a PC that does not have Internet Explorer installed.

3. Ebooks can be lost if someone’s hard drive fails and they had not made a backup.

4. Some people worry that the ebook will not be readable by future e-book devices.

5. Ebooks might be hacked, copied, or distributed without the author’s or publisher’s permission.

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RC says

"The "Adobe Digital Editions" reader is easily the worst reading interface – on any digital device going back to the earliest computers – I have ever seen. The text is basically worthless if the reader is a UX disaster. Not worth a penny. I did not know I was not getting a real ebook. Don't be fooled. [EDIT] I see that eBooks has replied. I appreciate this and will contact them."

Yodan says

"I purchased an pdf eBook a couple of days ago. It was available for download, but catch 1 is you need to download their reader to use it. I downloaded the reader expecting ‘standard’ functionality. The highlight and search functions do not work. Customer Service response to my email with a link to a document and an ‘it’s resolved’ statement. The ‘linked document’ did not provide a resolution. The issue is still not resolved. My advice thus far is to take your business elsewhere until eBooks 1- develop a decent reader and 2 - provide ‘customer service’ not ‘poor service’."

Verna Murcia says

"So i bought an e-book last thursday and tried opening it and it works fine, but when i tried to open it on Friday until today Wednesday, it doesn't load anymore if i click on Read Online. I have sent message to the help support yesterday, but i still got no response. I was forced to download that ADE to read it on my work computer, but the format was not right. The text sizes are fine, but the images was so huge you can only see the top part and not whole image. I have tried 1 hour of trying to fix how it is displayed, but that ADE program they are partnered with is such a pain to use. I'd prefer to see how it was displaying when i read it online, but now that read online thing doesn't work and doesn't load my book anymore, and shows an error AER9826.. Absolutely rubbish. I hope you guys will do something about it."

Dali says

"I wrote a review about eBooks.com recently. Here is an update on my dealings with eBooks.com. Let it be known that I don't ever write product reviews. I have made an exception in the case of eBooks.com. After posting an initital unfavourable review on Tustpilot.com, I was repeatedly contacted by eBooks.com asking me for information so that they could process a refund of my purchase. I did not reply to the first few requests, but due to their continued requests, I did eventually provide one eBooks.com employee with the sought after information. While I never heard from that eBooks.com employee again, I was soon contacted by Trustpilot.com informing me that eBooks.com was challenging the veracity of my review and the fact that I'd ever bought anything from them. This was after I'd sent eBooks.com my invoice number. Trustpilot.com let me know that my review had been suspended until I provided proof of my purchase from eBooks.com. I have provided Trustpilot.com with that proof and my review has since been reinstated. However, I am left waiting for the refund eBooks.com appeared so eager to process. As I said previously, I am not one for submitting online reviews, but as a matter of principle I thought it necessary to inform others about this company and its products. Do yourself a big favour and get your ebooks elsewhere. Note to Stephen: I have 2 sent email reciepts in my inbox, both were recieved by eBooks com. Do you require proof of these also? I find your response utterly disingenuous. I appreciate your response to the complaint I logged on your website, but I do not understand why it was posted to Trustpilot.com and not sent to me directly. I refuse to deal with Ebooks.com any further. I am no longer seeking a refund of my purchase. Please refrain from any further contact either directly or through Trustpilot.com."

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