Ebook readers have made their preferences clear. Video extras, background audio, virtual tours of the author’s workspace: No thanks, say buyers. So-called “enhanced ebooks” have generated a reaction similar to New Coke’s reception: a “massive withdrawal of enthusiasm” (so said a Coke exec, in a massive, if admirably clever, bit of truth telling). Is ebook innovation over? Is the finely polished print replica all there is to the digital publishing revolution? Not from where I sit. I spot five likely areas where we’ll soon see ebooks exceed the appeal of print. These features aren’t meant for every book, nor for every reader (hi Mom!), but this coming wave of utility-driven improvements are exactly the tools that serious readers — with habits shaped and sharpened by their exposure to other kinds of digital media — are looking for. Start Screen The table of contents presents a pretty dry and rigid itinerary to a book. ... Read More
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