Are ebooks the new CD-ROM?
I was interested to read about the realease of Dan Brown’s new title as an ebook where the publisher reported ‘the possibilities, including books with scored soundtracks and video inserts, are just becoming clear.’
This started me thinking about the added value ebooks provide, can they offer enhanced features, will they become just the new CD-ROM?
Can ebooks allow the experience of reading to be more immersive and media rich, for example with the additon of audio and video? Examples of companies investigating this already, Enhanced Editions and vook. Perhaps the location of where the books is being read will influence the content provided.
Can e-books create a more collaborative experience of reading for example could you meet other readers and share impressions of the book during reading? A feature of the VitalSource software is the opportunity to share notes and highlighters on ebooks. Perhaps this will lead to multiple editions of ebooks edited by readers.