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An electronic book is a digital form of publication readable on electronic devices. A broader interpretation encompasses any type of digital publication, including books, reports, periodicals, and reference articles. The term e-book refers to three components: e-book content, e-book hardware, and e-book software. The content of e-books ranges from basic text files to well-structured multimedia publications. E-book hardware refers to the devices on which people can read e-books, including computers, smartphones, tablets, or special purpose devices. The specialized software that renders e-book content for reading on screens is called e-book software. Different software has different compatible file formats and preferable working platforms. This entry first discusses standards for e-book formats and the structures and advantages of e-books, then provides detail on the EPUB (short ...

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