Ever since the paperback of yesteryears turned digital, the myriad advantages of online publication and distribution is being experienced by millions of booklovers across the globe. The world of downloadable or online electronic books has paved a new avenue that gives ample access to critical content anywhere and anytime to any number of people. This top 10 list explores the most popular examples of e-books that are taking the virtual world by storm.
Coverpage of the ebook
View and Manage Your Photos on the iPad: The Mini Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer
Released online in May 2010, this informative e-book is one of the finest examples of an electronic guide book. It can be easily downloaded at a humble price and contains details on how to import, organize and enjoy photos in clear, jargon-free explanations and step-by-step instructions.
e--book format of the the English classic
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Here is a classic action and adventure e-book which is definitely as interesting as its print counterpart. Like most digital books, this well-documented online version of Treasure Island is available in the ePub format - an open standard for electronic books by the International Digital Publishing Forum.
One of the most popular gaming e-books
Darkstar: The Java Game Server by Brendan Burns
Hard-core virtual game enthusiasts cannot afford to miss this extremely popular top 10 e-book in the game category. Darkstar is among the innumerable gaming e-books available in the virtual library of downloadable delights. It discusses the challenging aspects of networked game development, helping turn every idea for a multiplayer game into a virtual reality.
Cover page of the all-time favourite by Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Though many consider this popular title as one of the top 100 forgotten children’s books, the availability of its superior-quality online version has made it the top 10 example of e-book. Classic titles such as these are available as electronic books as well as scanned versions of the original paperback.
The popular e-book edition of the Oxford dictionary
Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary or Encyclopedia by A S Hornby
This e-book edition of the world’s best-selling learner’s dictionary is a fine example of a mobipocket e-book. Unlike its paper edition, this masterpiece is easier to use and includes links within entries to help the user move to the right place quickly. With the help of a Mobipocket Reader, this e-book can be read on any mobile device while on the move.
Available as one package: print and e-book versions of study aids
Introduction to Kinesiology by Shirl J Hoffman
Students and academicians must have benefitted the most by the revolution of digital information. This e-book is one of the popular editions of study aids available in the virtual library for students who need easy access to all online study guide features with direct links throughout the text.
Browse, scroll, or search inside this e-book
Evidence-based Chronic Pain Management by Cathy Stannard, Eija Kalso & Jane Ballantyne
The unrestricted access to scientific knowledge is one of the virtues of the virtual library. Among the humungous variety of illustrated medical e-books that can either be downloaded in PDF format or read anytime online, is the one on chronic pain management. The ease of use and instant availability is what makes these electronic books quite indispensable.
Flash movie e-book for tiny tots
Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall & other Nursery Rhymes
Nothing beats these inimitable singing and talking e-books based on English poems and nursery rhymes e-book designed for toddlers. Created in flash movie SWF format, this top 10 example of electronic books are highly interactive and can be easily downloaded either free of cost or at an unassuming price tag.
One of the popular e-books on giggle.com
Little Blue by James G Darrough
Take a look at this series of illustrated “giggling” e-books published and distributed by giggling books.com. Download them at a price or take a sneak preview at the online version. Either way, it’s going to be a great way to introduce your little one to bedtime stories that will make them giggle their way to sleep.
The first issue of the Wired Magazine on iPad
Wired Magazine on iPad
The iPad edition of the popular tech magazine “Wired” hit the App Store in May 2010, making it the first digital, fully-interactive electronic magazine under the sun. Created by converting Adobe’s Flash technology to Apple-approved Objective-C, the digital edition of Wired offers more information at a lesser cost and is enriched with interactive elements such as video and animated info-graphics.
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