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What are ZIP files?

ZIP files are files used as a container for storing other files.

The idea is that if you want to transfer or archive a number of files, perhaps with a complicated associated folder structure, doing so by dealing with a large number of individual files and folders would be difficult and error prone.

So, instead, a ZIP file is created, and this single ZIP file contains all the separate files, as well as information about their filenames, and their folder structure.

The ZIP file can then be copied, backed up, transferred across the internet, etc.m, as needed. Eventually, when the user needs the contents of the original files back, he simply unpacks the ZIP, and gets back the original files, with the original file names, in their original folder structure.

As well as these basic features, ZIP files are also compressed (saving on storage space, transfer times over a network, etc.), and can optionally be password protected, so that unauthorized people can not access them.

For these reasons ZIP files are very convenient way of delivering downloads such as software programs and of course eBooks. Many of the eBooks listed in our eBook directory, especially those intended for use on Windows PCs or Apple Macintosh computers, are thus delivered as ZIP files, the ZIP file containing the eBook files, and perhaps other associated items such as the license agreement, videos, etc.

For more information about working with ZIP files, please read these articles:

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