Notes on e-Book Stores

e-books are a great way of accessing and transporting a large amount of information. Most can be accessed on a variety of devices, including e-readers, tablets, smartphones, and personal computers. Information about three mainstream e-book stores is presented below. It should be noted that these stores tend to present popular fiction books on their homepages, but it is possible to access more relevant texts by searching for specific books or browsing by category.

Kindle Store

  • Large library which covers a wide variety of subjects
  • Pay per book
  • Includes free titles
  • Compatible with most devices, including PCs, through a downloadable Kindle app

Google Books

  • Large library which covers a wide variety of subjects
  • Vast collection of historical texts, including many obscure or niche materials
  • Pay per book
  • Many titles are free or provide extracts
  • Compatible with most devices via the Google Play app or a web based viewer

Apple iBooks

  • Pay per book
  • Include free titles
  • Only works with Apple devices through the iBooks app (iPhone, iPad, and Mac)
  • iBooks app provides an effective organisational system for your personal library which can be synced across devices running iBooks. PDFs from any source can also be added to iBooks