The copy of a book on a digital platform or the content written directly
on an electronic media is called e-book (electronic book). In contrast to printed
books, e-books are prepared to be used on electronic media. E-books can be read
via electronic devices such as Kindle, iPod, iPhone, iPad and Blackberry as well as
Throughout history, people have used stone, clay tablets, papyrus and paper
chronologically in order to express themselves. Following technological developments,
all these materials have been replaced by the keyboard and screen. Years ago, nobody
would have believed had they been told the letter would be replaced by the electronic
mail. However, now even bayram greetings are sent via e-mail and few people prefer
to communicate via letter. Now apparently it is the printed books’ turn.
E-books and similar documents had been open to share and in use for a long time on
the internet without being subject to any pdf formatted standard or DRM technology.
E-book emerged as a commercial product after Amazon.com, the biggest online book
store in the world, released “Kindle” e-book reading device. Kindle, a device for
reading books, newspaper and blogs developed by Amazon, was first offered for
sale in the United States on 19 November 2007. Kindle, which was offered to market
for 359 USD and is used with e-ink technology, has made it possible to read the
books, newspapers and magazines in Amazon’s list without an additional computer.
Thanks to Amazon’s wireless network called Whispernet, exclusive to Kindle users,
azw formatted books have been downloaded easily from any part of America and
1500 books have been stored in the first Kindles. This made it possible to store much
more books than there are in many homes. Moreover, e-book formatted books are
sold for much cheaper than printed ones are.
In the first three months of 2010, Amazon expalined that 115 e-books were sold for
the same cost as 100 printed books. This number doesn’t include the e-books that
Amazon handed out for free for promotion. Not being able to compete with e-books,
several well-known bookshop chains came to the point of closure.
Having changed people’s reading habit abroad in recent years, e-book has drawn
great interest in Turkey, as well. Now intellectuals are discussing whether the e-book
will put an end to the printed book. It is expectable that books will continue to be
printed in conventional ways but e-book technology will soon change printed books
into objects with nostalgic meaning like gramophone records.