There are many people that just don’t understand the whole ebook concept yet. I’ll explain it as best I can here. It isn’t difficult. It doesn’t require a lot of money. Actually, you can read ebooks for much less money, and with much less effort required to read a paper book.
If you are traveling to Thailand, and you landed here at this page – I’ll go over in-depth what is required to find, purchase, and read ebooks.
Ebooks are great for many reasons – one of which is they are cheaper than paper books. They are cheaper to make. They are cheaper to mass produce and distribute. They are usually, and should always be, cheaper to buy. Some authors and publishers – the big names – are refusing to drop prices of their ebooks. They have very little expense in producing them without having to worry about printing and distributing ebooks – but, they are greedy and are still charging over $10 USD for one book. It’s absurd. It’s ridiculous. It offers those of us that are not big name writers – a chance to break into the ebook market, which is what we’ve done.
Ebooks are “Electronic Books”. Instead of paper, books are created digitally on a word processor in a computer or other device. Almost always a computer, though in Japan they sometimes create entire full-length books on their phones. Insane – right?! I don’t know any Thailand writers doing this, and I don’t think we’ll see it anytime soon either.
Ebooks are usually created in Word format, or some other standard, and are converted to other formats so they can be easily read on electronic devices. Thailand is like the rest of the world – we have desktop and notebook computers, we have Apple.co.th online, and Apple stores in Bangkok, Phuket, and even Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand’s northeast – Isaan region.
Different electronic ereaders – read different types of files. If you see an ebook for sale, you need to know what format it is being offered in so you can know – will it be able to be read on your particular device – or not?
Here at Thailand Ebooks – we offer the major formats – PDF, .Epub, .Mobi and a couple of others. Nearly all ebooks are formatted in one of the three formats just mentioned. Any computer with the “Reader” application from adobe.com can read PDF files. Probably your smart phone can read PDF files. It is not a very nice file to use to read a book, because a PDF is basically an image file. Books should be in a text format to be read easily. This is why Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and other major ebook retailers – use one of the best text formats available: Epub or Mobi.
You can search for ebooks in Thailand using Google. Type in Thailand ebooks and see what happens. You see our site near the top, or at the top. We have a small collection of Thailand focused books, that are selling well. We’ve put a lot of time into them and we have more coming out. We are adding new Thailand authors as time goes by, and we are building up to be a much larger shopping place for ebook hunters looking for fiction and non-fiction about Thailand’s people, places, and things. Guidebooks are something we’re looking to add soon.
You can buy a book on our site by clicking the buy, or add to cart, buttons. You can pay with your credit card using Paypal. It’s easy and you will get a download link quickly so you can get your book and read it with whatever device (ereader) you have.
If, for whatever reason, you realize you ordered the wrong format for the ereader you have – no worries, just write us and let us know – we’ll check your order and send you the correct file. Help is just a minute away. Usually we can send your ebook instantly through email.
Which eReader to choose?
This is an often asked question. Many readers are bewildered by the whole affair and some just stick with paperback books because they know them and it’s a no-brainer.
There are many ereaders to choose from – but the best is probably your phone. Phone displays are increasing in size, the world finally realizing that a 3.8 inch display is too small to do much with. The new Galaxy Note II has a 5.5″ display. It’s almost a tablet. Personally, we love the size because it IS almost a tablet, and yet it is much smaller and the resolution is gorgeous. The price is the same as a tablet, and you can use it as a mobile phone too. No need to carry mobile phone AND tablet in Thailand when you have the Galaxy Note I or II. You can add Kindle or Nook (Barnes & Noble) ereader software to your smart phone like the Note, Galaxy Tab, iPhone, or other high-end device and get a good reading experience without carrying around a tablet computer too. If you like the tablet format, you can install the software there too – no problem.
If you don’t want to bring a tablet or mobile phone to Thailand – just install the ereader software of your choice on your notebook computer. The new Macbook Air 11 or 13″ ultrabook computers are nothing short of amazing, and will give you 5-7 hours of ereading on a single battery charge. Personally, we use the Lenovo E125 – available only in Asia – and we get 9 hours. The computer was $500! Cheap!
There are many options for reading ebooks as you travel through Thailand, and all of Asia or wherever you end up. You can store hundreds or thousands of ebooks on your ereader. With Kindle you can even send documents to your Kindle software program, whether you have the hardware Kindle you bought at the Amazon store, or you’re using Kindle on your phone, computer, or tablet as software. You right click a file and say – “Send to Kindle”. It sends it to your device. How cool is that? It’s what we use for sending anything we want to save a copy of, or read later, to our phone. Currently we use an HTC One V phone and reading ebooks is easy here in Thailand using that phone. The phone is half the price of an iPhone, but does everything the iPhone does – and better.
If you are considering a trip to Thailand – bring your mobile phone prepared with the latest software from Kindle (the best, we think) – and load up on books set in Thailand here at Thailand Ebooks. Tell your friends. Email us with any questions.
Best of luck,