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Sunday, September 21, 2003
Electronic Books 
Electronic books? The way to read in the future? Definitely looks promising with the low, low prices over the internet, not to mention that the Gutenberg website is also providing free classics for grabs.

Question is how does one go about it? Obviously, one needs some sort of programme to first open the ebook so that one can read. Below are some of the softwares used to read ebooks :

Adobe Acrobat
Palm Reader
Mobipocket
Microsoft Reader


Please read through the requirements first as different softwares are used for desktop and PDAs.

Next step is to find a place to download the ebooks. Here are some sites that I do frequent but if you have other sites to recommend, please do drop a line in the comments section. Thanks.

Simon and Schuster
Where else to get cheaper book but at a publisher's site? Although, it's only for the book they publish and certain books are available in certain formats only, there are still bargain buys. Older books goes for US$4.99 - 6.99 and you can even get a discount if you just suscribe to their free newsletter. There is a password within the newsletter which is used to obtained said discount. However, for newer books, they charge more than what is found locally in Malaysia.

Palm Digital Media (PDM)
One can also get discounts here if one suscribe to their newsletter and use the password. This one has a lot of different books available for purchase and the reader doesn't take up much space either. Also, certain books will also contain graphics so that the reader can enjoy the book better. Downside is that if you're using a PDA, you won't be able to see the entire graphic but will need to scroll around a bit. Also, PDM doesn't keep books online all the time. After awhile, the ebook is no longer available. However, they do offer competitive prices and sometimes, free ebooks for new authors!

Fictionwise
Definitely one of the biggest online bookstore available for ebooks. However, if you want to obtain discounts, you would need to pay an annual fee to join their book club. Urgh! Would rather check out the above two sites first before buying anything from this site.

Mobipocket
A small and modest website compared to the above 3. Still, it has a lot of medical ebooks available online.

Knowbetter Lending Library
An online library? You bet! Ebooks can be downloaded in various formats for viewing on desktop and PDAs but be careful to check first before buying. The books will expire after a certain period of days ranging from 3 to 14 days. Annual fee is US$19.99 but I got my library card for US$9.99! :p

Hmm... now I wonder whether I can still claim the RM500 tax relief on books? :p

Wena Tan  # 12:18 AM
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