I read an interesting paper by Mark T J Carden of Ingram Digital. He presented this paper at the Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (see citation below). Mark discusses how eBooks are following the same evolutionary path of physical books and won’t be fully adopted until the “traditional book is deconstructed and reconstructed to create new paradigms for storing and delivering content in electronic forms.” He offers suggestions for re-inventing the eBook.
1. classify the content into groupings like data, explanation, instruction, or narrative and identify user behaviors like look up, skim, view, enjoy – map these together
2. examine models of acquisition and possession, skim or view vs. consume or immerse. These require different business models and licensing
3. examine page layouts and formats. What might be suitable for a print page may be unsuitable for the electronic one. reformat as necessary
4. establish effective reading devices and the unfortunate format wars that come with them. DRM or no DRM. my format or your format, or do what the music industry is doing – open access to content, if you can find a business model to support it
Napa Valley, California, USA
SESSION: Enriched digitized books table of contents
Year of Publication: 2008