eBook Help

What's an eBook?

We tend to get the odd emails from visitors who have not heard about eBooks before.

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eBooks are becoming very common and in many areas they are starting to replace traditional books. Nowadays travel guides, how-to books, maps and many other reading materials are appearing in eBook format and according to an article by Amazon.com in August 2012 - "E-Book Sales Surpass Printed Books". Amazon now sells 114 electronic books for every 100 printed ones.

An eBook is simply an electronic book. It is a file, normally a PDF, that you download to your computer and then print out or just leave on your laptop. Once you have downloaded the eBook it lives on your computer or external hard drive and you can open and read it or print it whenever you like.

An eBook has many advantages over traditional books.

Advantages:

  • You receive the eBook instantly. As soon as you pay you download the eBook to your computer - there is no waiting time.
  • The eBook format is interactive; you can click the Table of Contents or Index entries and be taken to the exact page in the book where that reference is found, which makes searching much easier and quicker than with a hard copy book. We have also embedded URLs to resource websites in the eBook and when you hover your cursor over the images a box pops up containing the EXIF data and other relevant information on how the photograph was captured - you can't do that in a printed book.
  • You save handling, packaging and shipping charges.
  • Updates are included. If there are important changes we update the eBook and you receive the update at no cost.
  • If you aren't travelling right now, you can still buy the book now to start preparing for and planning your safari, and then email us for the latest updated version, if there is one, when you are about to leave for your trip.
  • If you take your laptop or iPad with on safari, as most photographers do for downloading images, the eBook takes up no extra space or weight in your luggage. If you need to read a section of the book just boot up your laptop or Kindle.
  • eBooks tend to be much more affordable than normal books.
  • You get a full money back guarantee. We would not be able to give you a money back guarantee on a traditional book. Once you open a normal book you have to keep it, whether you like it or not or incur postage costs to send it back. If an eBook disappoints, you simply ask for your money back.

Disadvantages:

  • If you would prefer a hard copy then you will need a printer to print the eBook and some folder or binder to put it into. (Though some people just clip the pages together with a large paper clip or bulldog clip and leave it at that.) If you are visiting only certain camps then you won't need to print out the whole eBook but just the pages that relate to the areas or camps that you will be staying in.

At the end of the day the real value of a guide book is in the information and not in the nice hard cover, so the eBook is the better deal. Plus, when you are on safari you don't want to lug around big, heavy books!

Lower price, instant delivery, fresh information, no extra space and weight, full money back guarantee. That's hard to beat!

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