Figuring Out if That One eBook Is a Good One
One of the great benefits of eReaders is the fact that they have opened up so many additional doors for discovering great new authors. You don’t have to worry about sinking $12 into a book, only to find out that it’s nothing but garbage. In some cases, you can get it for free, but even if you have to pay for it, the price for an eBook is significantly lessened. The catch, though, is that you still only have a limited amount of time. You don’t want to waste your time on a bad eBook, but here are some things that you can use to evaluate an eBook before you spend your time reading it.
How Does It Look on Your eReader?
While there are always exceptions, it’s generally a good rule that an eBook that looks good on the eReader is more inclined to be a good eBook than one that looks bad. If the author or the publishing house has taken the time to make the eBook look professional, that’s a better indication of the eBook’s overall quality than one that looks sloppy. Additionally, the way that the eBook looks on the eReader also gives you an indication of how easy it’s going to be to read it. If the eBook is sloppily developed or the font is hard to read, that makes it that much more difficult for you to get through it.
Are There Paragraphs?
As simple as it may seem, one of the other things that you’ll want to look for is whether there are paragraphs. You can get a great free eBook from almost anywhere on the web, but the one thing that all of the good ones have in common is the fact that they use paragraphs. EBooks that don’t are generally difficult to read, and most of the time, the authors don’t know what they’re doing. Massive blocks of text are difficult to digest on an electronic device.
Does the First Page Catch Your Interest?
The most important thing, though, is whether the first page catches your interest. This gives you a personal experience with the eBook itself. It will let you know whether you see the eBook as being a good investment of your time. It may turn out to be a stinker, but if it has a good solid introduction or a great hook that catches your attention, at least you’ll have legitimate reasons for deciding to give it a chance. In many cases, the first page is the most important one as it will set the tone for the entire book and you can access it without having to go check out the reviews. It also lets you get a taste of the writer’s style and tone.
Money is one thing that eReaders have helped people save. You can now get all kinds of fantastic eBooks. The one thing that it doesn’t save a lot of is time. You’ll have to figure out whether the eBook you’re considering is a good one before you spend the time reading it. Evaluating the eBook initially will give you a good indication of its overall quality, though ultimately the only way to know for sure is to read it yourself and find out.