Really interesting lists of eBook and eReader trends on the Kindle Review blog (posted March 5th). Some of the things I was happy to see on the list include:
- Multi Purpose Devices vs. Dedicated Readers – Will the dedicated readers be able to survive?
- Rise of ePUB
- DRM – is it possible we rid of it? ….unfortunately that is followed up by Is it possible it becomes more onerous and widespread? Clearly this is a trend that can go either direction.
- Rise of eTextbooks
- Arrival of Textbook Readers (Entourage eDGe or Kindle DX 2?)
One thing I saw that concerns me –
Libraries and the Kindle – Libraries are flocking to eReaders and eBooks in general and the Kindle in particular.
I hope libraries are looking at the bigger/broader picture of eBooks as well. I’d hate to see everyone latching on to the Kindle when there are so many new multi-purpose devices coming on the market that allow much more flexibility in eBook downloads/reading. (Ibis, Blio, Kobo are examples, but not all will work with libraries….yet. OverDrive is also branching out into DRM free EPUB and PDF for viewing on multiple devices)