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There are lots of advantages to using eBooks instead of paper books. If you are affected by cancer, you may find reading an eBook rather than a printed booklet or web page particularly helpful. In this blog, content channel editor Lucy explains why eBooks are helpful, and tells you how we make them.
What are eBooks?An eBook is an electronic version of a regular paper book. The text is displayed digitally, which allows the book to be read off a computer screen or handheld device, such as a Kindle, tablet or smartphone. These are known as e-readers. eBooks contain pages number, a table of contents, and images, just like regular books.
Why should I use eBooks?There are many advantages of using eBooks, including:
Macmillan has eBooks?Yes, that’s right! We produce our cancer information booklets and leaflets in eBook format, so if you’d prefer to read our cancer information on your device, they are available to download free from the Macmillan website. We have a whole range of eBooks providing information on various cancer types, treatment, your finances, and many many more.
How do you make eBooks?Once an information booklet has been send to print, the information is used to build an eBook. The following steps are carried out to transform the printed booklet into an eBook:
1. The text is made suitable for an eBook and formatted with the correct headings to match the printed booklets.
2. Digital links, known as hyperlinks, are added into the text. When the reader clicks on the hyperlink, it will take them to other areas in the eBook. External links are also added in, which take the reader directly to websites on their device, if they would like more information.
3. Quotes from people affected by cancer, which appear in the printed booklets, are also added into the eBook.
4. Medical illustrations and images are then added to the eBook. The illustrations contain long descriptions, that the e-reader can read aloud, for anybody who has difficulty reading or would like the diagram explained in more detail.
5. The eBook cover is created, and added to the eBook. The cover is the same design as the printed version of the booklet. This will appear on your downloaded eBook.
6. Stylesheets are added to the eBook, which determine the presentation of the eBook. The eBook is converted into various formats – EPUB, mobi and PDF. These are uploaded to the Macmillan website and can be downloaded for your device. Different devices support different formats, so once you know what format your device supports, then you download away!
I can’t find what I need?We are constantly adding newly updated eBooks to our online collection, so keep coming back to see what titles we have available. If you’d like to see an existing publication turned into an alternative format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request it.
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