Using a PDA, you can very simply download and read e-books using a PDA. PDAs usually have e-book reader software installed alreadyusually either Adobe Reader, MobiPocket Reader, or Microsoft Reader.
Note that Microsoft Reader titles can be read on most of the PocketPCs released after the year 2002. E-docs (PDF files) can be converted so they can be read using devices that run a PalmOS, PocketPC, or Symbian OS through a separate conversion program. Adobe e-books can be read on PalmOS devices but not on PocketPC or Symbian devices.
Numerous websites offer free e-books, e-book samples, and "trial" e-books (whereby the e-book license expires after a few viewings or a few days). It is possible to download both fiction and nonfiction e-books on just about any subject. In addition, some magazines and newspapers now issue e-books of their most recent content or of key content.
E-books are amazing because they do not simply contain text; they also can contain interactive elements such as audio, video, quizzes, and links. This technology will become more popular as its potential is fully realized.