Summersdale has had an eBook program in place since 2004. In the following years we have converted many of our titles to eBook formats, as well as working with other small independent publishers to help them get their books converted. Our eBook list currently consists of about 600 titles and is expanding all the time. In 2009, Summersdale won the E-Publishing Award at the IPG Independent Publishing Awards for our efforts in this field.
What is an eBook?
An eBook is a digital version of a book, viewable on either your computer or a dedicated eBook reader, such as the Sony Reader or the Amazon Kindle.
What are the benefits of reading eBooks?
* In most cases, eBooks are cheaper than paper books.
* Instantly available worldwide - just download the eBook instead of waiting for "snail mail" or local release.
* Full Text Search available
* Convenient - current eBook readers can hold thousands of titles.
* Quick to download - the average novel takes only a minute or two to download.
* Users can do research and create or organize content.
* eBook reading software for computers is free and easy to download from the internet.
What are all the different formats about?
If you're new to the eBook world, we recommend purchasing the ePUB version where available. The eBook market has been under development for several years now and a few different file formats have been competing in this time. However, in 2007, the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) adopted ePUB as the official standard and most publishers are now releasing eBooks this way. It is based around the same standards as web pages, so the text can be resized to fit the device or computer you are viewing it on.
If this is not available, then we recommend PDF as the next best thing.
What is DRM?
DRM stands for Digital Rights Management, which is a generic term for access control technologies that can be used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals to impose limitations on the usage of digital content and devices. In the specific case of eBooks, DRM is generally used to prevent copying and printing of material, although restrictions sometimes vary from title to title.
Where can I buy Summersdale eBooks?
The 'BUY EBOOK' link on our product pages takes you to eBooks.com, where the most comprehensive list of Summersdale titles can be found. However, our eBooks are also available on many other sites, including Amazon.com (Kindle), iTunes, Waterstones and WHSmith.
Do I need a special computer to read an eBook?
No, to read an eBook all you will need is a computer that can be connected to the Internet. This might be a PC, laptop or certain model of handheld computer. You will also need to have installed and activated appropriate free eBook reading software, such as Adobe Digital Editions, or Sony Reader Library. Both of these programs are available for PC and Mac.
Can I order eBooks by phone? What about delivery charges?
As these are digital products, they can only be ordered online. Because of this, there are also no delivery charges.
More detailed and site specific questions can be found on the major eBook website stores, such as eBooks.com.