E-books are more than just digital facsimiles, and publishers need to realize that, pronto
A very good article about e-readers and what content they are there for. The author also suggests what publishers need to adjust to make certain content usable on e-readers. I enjoyed reading it and agree. Thus, I wanted to share it with you! Have you made the same experience? Travel guides on e-readers? I know what he is talking about! How do you use your e-reader?
Amazon’s Kindle, and its less popular e-reader brethren, are great for fiction, but trying to consume content that isn’t meant to be enjoyed from cover to cover is an exercise in annoyance, frustration and misery. That’s a shame, because it doesn’t have to be that way.
Take travel books for example. When trekking across the globe, lugging around four-and-a-half pounds worth of guide books is an utter pain in the arse. Loading a shelf’s worth of travel books onto an e-reader makes a lot more sense.
“E-books for the win,” I hear you whisper. But alas, the challenge isn’t the weight, but rather the way travelers use guide books. When on the road, you’ll forever find yourself flipping between overview maps, local maps, the “what to do” section for where you are, the “where to stay” section for where you’re going, the “I’m hungry but we’re running behind schedule so we are not where we planned to be” pages and the “oh no, somebody…
Read the entire article from TechCrunch here: E-books are more than just digital facsimiles, and publishers need to realize that, pronto