If you're a newcomer to the world of e-books, the information below will answer some common questions and point you to the free software you need to download to begin enjoying e-books.
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What's an e-book?
An e-book, or electronic book, is a digital book that you can read on a computer screen. Some e-books can also be read on an electronic device such as a Palm, Blackberry or other handheld computer. The Healthcare Intelligence Network sells e-books in Adobe Acrobat PDF form. You will need the Adobe ® Acrobat Reader installed on your device to read our e-books.
How do I read an e-book?
To read an e-book, you must have the Adobe Acrobat reader software. The free software must be installed and activated on the computer or device to which you download or save your e-book attachment in order to read it. You can purchase an e-book from the Healthcare Intelligence Network at any time, but you must have a reader installed on your computer before you can successfully read an e-book you have bought. Once you have placed your order, you will receive an e-mail message containing your e-book as an attachment.
Can I read e-books on my PDA?
It depends on the type of device and the format of the book. Adobe Reader titles can be converted to devices running a PalmOS through a separate conversion program. Most e-books are optimized for desktop or laptop screens, so you may lose some of the formatting in the conversion process.
Is it safe to download e-book readers and e-books?
Yes. You will not download a computer virus or any other malicious file when you open an e-book attachment or download an e-book reader at the Healthcare Intelligence Network. Additionally, the Adobe reader has built-in security and encryption features to protect against copyright violations.
Why should I read e-books?
There are a number of advantages to reading e-books. First, you can read them immediately, without having to wait for the title to be shipped to you. You can take them with you anywhere you take your laptop, and the Adobe reader offers features like highlighting and search.