What Books May Become

A good full color, multi-media, touch screen device for reading e-books — which the iPad now is — implies something about how electronic books should be conceived.

Electronic books should not simply be print books made accessible in electronic form. Rather, they should be conceived and created to take full advantage of what a device like the iPad makes possible, while remaining true to what a book is and what a book is for.

I have lots of thoughts on this I may post if I have the time. In the meantime, TechCrunch also has a post which begins to offer some thoughts on this.

  • http://theresurgence.com Mike Anderson


    I was a bit disappointed to see that they went with the ePub format. It’s essentially xhtml, and will make it difficult to really design a book well.

    In addition to utilizing media I hope we see many solid books that are only a couple chapters and can be read in a sitting. Seth Godin has done this with free eBooks.

    The economics of printed books made that difficult, but I know a lot of people that would grow a ton from reading the first three chapters of Desiring God who aren’t strong enough readers to make it through the whole book.

  • http://christophermisiano.blogspot.com/ Christopher Misiano

    I have been excited by the possibilities that Vook’s offer (vook.com). Just like beautiful illustrations in old children’s books, mixing mutli-media with the reading experience seems exciting.