In addition, for programming books, code examples can be copied.The amount of e-book reading is increasing in the U.
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Commercially produced and sold e-books are usually intended to be read on dedicated e-reader devices.
However, almost any sophisticated computer device that features a controllable viewing screen can also be used to read e-books, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
Van Dam is generally thought to have coined the term "electronic book", FRESS was used for reading extensive primary texts online, as well as for annotation and online discussions in several courses, including English Poetry and Biochemistry.
Brown's faculty made extensive use of FRESS; for example the philosopher Roderick Chisholm used it to produce several of his books.
S.; by 2014, 28% of adults had read an e-book, compared to 23% in 2013.
This is increasing, because by 2014 50% of American adults had an e-reader or a tablet, compared to 30% owning such devices in 2013.
Nevertheless, Brown in many ways predicted what e-readers would become and what they would mean to the medium of reading.
In an article, Jennifer Schuessler writes, "The machine, Brown argued, would allow readers to adjust the type size, avoid paper cuts and save trees, all while hastening the day when words could be 'recorded directly on the palpitating ether.'" He felt the e-reader should bring a completely new life to the medium of reading.
With e-books, users can browse through titles online, and then when they select and order titles, the e-book can be sent to them online or the user can download the e-book.