One of the author's favorite things about flying is reading for hours at a stretch and she saved two good books for traveling to and from the Buying & Selling eContent conference in Arizona this year. She had some work to do, so she was pretty sure they'd last her the entire trip. In flight and around airports, she saw many e-readers and felt envy pangs. It took restraint not to do some unofficial user surveys. She did eavesdrop on some techno show-and-tell in which e-reader owners did impromptu demos for fellow travelers. People are way past version 1.0 with digital content. Yet their industry is dominated by replica metaphors: page-flipping, paperback-sized, pseudo print layout.
edit this MICHELLE MANAFY While I have heard much from those drunk on iPad Kool-Aid, foolishly speculating that a device can save publishing, there is something that e-readers in general, and maybe the iPad in particular, can do for publishing: push us to rethink the user experience of the book to make it worth buying. Rewriting the My favorite part of the ebook forum was when Aptara’s Freese pulled out a stack of seven different e-readers to show and share. No. 1 in the “oh, wow” department was the enTourage eDGe. The Ebook Story dual-screen device combines the functions of an e-reader, a netbook, a notepad, and an audio/video recorder and player. The iPad is also a strong multitasker. And, without a doubt, the rotating image featured on the iPad app The Elements had a coolness factor of 10. But what was really exciting about this app o ne of my favorite things about flying is reading for hours at a stretch and I saved two good books for traveling to and from the Buying & Selling eContent conference in Arizona this year. I had some work to do, so I was pretty sure they’d last me the entire trip. It can be pretty disappointing to face was that it didn’t seek to reproduce a physical book experience. Ebooks and e-readers won’t save publishing. Rather, they present an opportunity to reinvent publishing. Yet, as Gale’s VP of strategic partnerships Stephen Abram said in his Tuesday Content Containers panel, “Every first version of a new hours in the air with nothing to read except Sky Mall. technology replicates all of the problems of the previous models.” Of course, this is a wicked old school travel entertainment We are way past version 1.0 with digital content. Yet our strategy—one that the editor of EContent should have moved industry is dominated by replica metaphors: page-flipping, well beyond. Yet, while I want an e-reader, I haven’t found the paperback-sized, pseudo print layout. Even content ownership is device that’s quite right for me. retro and object-restricted: If I buy a Kindle book, I can’t read it In flight and around airports, I saw many e-readers
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