We're living in the age of digital everything - TV on demand, mobile banking, online shopping, music streaming, connecting with our mates; the list is endless. Why? Because we, as human beings, love the idea of being able to do everything from anywhere, whenever we want to. What started as a way to make complex or mundane activities quicker and easier, has rapidly made its way into our consciousness and become a vital feature of our daily lives.
Now, eBooks are outshining physical books in almost every way, offering a growing number of distinct benefits and greater versatility that print cannot. But, what exactly is an eBook and what can it do? You'd think it's what it sounds like, an electronic book. However, it's a little more awesome than that...
An eBook is a non-editable book presented in a format that allows you to read it on an electronic device such as a laptop, tablet or phone. Thousands of titles that are available in printed format can be found as eBooks in our store.
eBooks in our store are available as both EPUB and/or PDF formats.
An EPUB, or electronic publication, is the most widely supported format and can be read on a variety of devices, including computers, smartphones, tablets, and most eReaders (except Kindles).
A PDF, also known as a portable document format, isn't technically a true eBook by definition, but it's the format we're most familiar with. PDFs are known for their ease of use and ability to hold custom layouts. Because they aren't reflowable, they can be difficult to read on a small screen. Despite this, they are still one of the most commonly used eBook formats at this time.
Once purchased, your eBook can be accessed via the Kortext digital bookshelf available via your browser on desktop or by downloading the app on mobile devices and tablets where it is also possible to study offline with no internet connection - perfect for remote working and while travelling. Just make sure to download your eBooks first and you're all set. In addition, Kortext also offers a variety of smart study tools including the ability to highlight and make notes, copy and paste, and easily export references.
To download the Kortext Bookshelf app, head to your device's app store or visit app.kortext.com to sign up and read through your browser.
There are many benefits to using an eBook. Some of them include:
I know this one caught your eye, because who doesn't want to save money? With the cost of living on the rise, many students are struggling to pay for textbooks. With eBooks, you can find all the titles you need for a price that better works for you.
No more lengthy visits to the university library, only to find the book you were after is out on loan. No more waiting for your order to arrive. Just purchase and download anytime, anywhere, and start reading within minutes.
Anything to make your life easier, right? With eBooks, you can have an entire university library stuffed in your pocket or backpack. No more ferrying around heavy books or searching for shelf space. Just your entire reading list at your fingertips, anytime and anywhere.
eBooks offer a more comfortable and focused study experience. The customisable reading settings help reduce eye strain and ensure you maintain focus, while a powerful set of study tools help you easily search through hundreds of pages as well as keep all your highlights and notes organised and accessible across all devices.
Quite possibly one of our favourite benefits. Book-printing consumes approx. 16 million tonnes of paper each year... eBooks, therefore, not only help to save energy and reduce pollution caused by book manufacturing, but you help to save millions of trees annually. That's a win-win!
There you have it! Everything you need to know about eBooks. We've told you a little bit about the advantages, and walked you through how to download and access your Kortext library. Now it's your turn to explore our vast range of eBooks and start building your digital reading list...