This is a tiny post today in response to a recent article in wired magazine about why eBooks “Aren’t There Yet.” There has been a lot of discussion in my LinkedIn Digital Publications Group about what the article says, and doesn’t say. The thing is, maybe they aren’t asking the right questions. Maybe they are making too many assumptions based on the status quo… heaven knows that’s a human trait as certain as a yellow Lab chasing a tennis ball.
I had a brief response to my group (below) — haven’t had any feeback yet.
Posted comment to Digital Book World group on LinkedIn in response to the conversations on the Wired article.
“Could it simply be that as long as ebooks are viewed as just another “medium” they will always be — just another way to get a book out?
As long as the world is moving with the “same books” different format concept it will stay this way.
Bytes, Bits, pixels, data packets, broadband, Retina screens, capacitive touch, gesture navigation, alternative paths, instantaneous automatic updates, back lighting — all of these are magic dust.
Or have we forgotten that the main reason for books in the first place was to tell a story?”