Enhanced e-books: what’s wrong with them?

On the subject of enhanced e-books, journalist Paul Cameron analyses their virtues and defects in a thoughtful and comprehensive piece recently published in Digital Book World.

He begins by saying that there has been some debate regarding the ‘death’ of enhanced e-books. He thinks this is because, while the distribution of books has changed enormously over time, from the invention of the printing press to e-readers, tablets and mobile phones, how we read remains much the same as it did 2,000 years ago. Or so the traditionalist argument runs. Cameron counters this by asserting that the development of enhanced e-books still gives publishers a chance to disrupt the traditional model and thereby keep reading relevant for the Twitter and Instagram generation.  

However, if enhanced e-books are to grow beyond their infancy and succeed in the marketplace, there are three points that have to be prioritised:

  1. The text must come first.
  2. The enhanced experience must be consistent.
  3. The enhanced e-book business model must be viable.

 The last of these is probably the most challenging.  But the full article repays careful reading.  It may be found by clicking here