An ebook is an electronic copy of a book. You can start reading an ebook as soon as you've paid for it, so there is no waiting for delivery. Ebooks also offer the convenience of size and portability; you can store your entire library on a laptop or other device.
In order to read an ebook, you need to download a small piece of free software known as an ebook reader. Ebooks come in different formats and each format has its own reader software. The format you select will depend upon your operating system (Windows, Mac, etc) and whether you would like to read on a hand held device or on your computer. For advice on selecting the appropriate reader, check our Reader Comparison Table.
Ebooks have security settings which may prevent or limit printing and copying, as well as specifying how many different devices you can download the ebook to. You can view the security settings for each title by clicking the "Buy ebook" link on the ebook Details page.
The ebooks available from eBooks.com are almost exclusively from major publishing houses who have legal obligations to their authors. These obligations in turn mean that there are limits on the ways that ebooks can be distributed and used.
Some books are not allowed to be sold in certain places. This is almost always because the publisher who supplied the ebook to us only has a right to sell that book in clearly defined geographical territories. So you might find that the ebook you want to buy isn't available in your country as an ebook. There will be another local publisher who holds the right to publish in your country, and it's likely that your local publisher hasn't released is as an ebook.
This is common with consumer book categories like fiction, biography, personal growth, etc. Scholarly, technical and professional books tend to be published globally by a single publisher.
As a rule, it isn't possible to print the whole of a book in a single sitting. There are printing and copying restrictions placed on most commercially distributed ebooks.
It's the publisher of a book who determines how much of an ebook (if any) you can print or copy & paste. Some publishers are very liberal in this and enable you to print the whole ebook, while others are the reverse and allow no printing or copying. In general, a reasonable amount printing and copying are enabled by most publishers.
Key information about every ebook that's available from eBooks.com (like printing and copying permissions) is shown on the full record page for each book. At the bottom of the full record page there's a table that lists things like price, date of publication, security settings and so on. Check this table before buying an ebook, to make sure the format suits your needs.