Started by Rebecca, June 20, 2008, 19:24:34 pm
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QuoteI`m not entirely sure about this and I`m also not convinced by the "digital music has taken over so ultimately digital books will also" argument.The way we listen hasn`t really changed. Sound waves are sound waves whether reproduced by a Gramophone needle or the latest digital sampling technology. They hit the eardrum in the same way.It has however always been a problem reading for extended periods of time from a computer screen no matter what dimming and font changing possibilities there are. It is still easier to read from the printed page. For this reason many websites are very concise relying more on images than on text.
QuoteThe technology is surely present now, and has been for years. At least as long as digital music. Where digital music has all but taken over from other forms, the digital book still seems to struggle.
QuoteWhen I look at the Frankfurt Book show, the amount of publishers and books on offer rises year after year. Digital media are also represented, yet the book still represents by far the favourite way of reading. What is on the increase is books on CD, whereas in the past it used to take a while for a book to be narrated onto CD, the release of book and CD is now almost simultaneous.Although I still also believe the digital book will increase in popularity I predict it to be a much slower rise and to nowhere near the extent of digital music. the main reason for this is simple. We can listen to music whilst doing almost anything, try riding a bike whilst reading a book!
QuoteThe technology for eBooks is present now, but it suffers from the limitation that material presented in a portable form isn't that easy to read, and from the fact that most people don't have a suitable portable 'viewer'. Both of those things will change.
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