Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ebooks


For those who are interested in ebooks, this post is for you. For those who aren't, get ready because the train has already left the station. Amazon announced in May that - after less than four years of selling ebooks - their company is now selling more ebook titles than paperback and hardcover books combined. And that's a lot of ebooks.

Amazon also sells the Kindle, their enormously popular reading device. But not everyone is reading on a Kindle. There are free Kindle reading apps for PCs, Macs, phones, and the iPad. More than half of the titles on Amazon cost less than ten bucks, many are less than a dollar, and thousands of titles are free for the downloading.

One of the great things that's happened with the explosion of available material and the way the reading public has embraced ebooks is that writers are now coming up with new ways to tell stories. There are ebooks with audio and video content, hypertext links that allow the reader to explore outside of the main text, and more. Critics say that all of this works against the idea that books are meant to engage the imagination and not mimic other media. Yeah, whatever.

Whichever you prefer, ebooks or the old tried and true, there's no denying that ebooks are here to stay and storytelling will never be the same. If you don't believe me, drop in on Pottermore at the end of the month. Harry Potter will be happy to see you.

1 comment:

  1. This article has some information that I wanted to include in my post, but didn't find until today. Imagine... college without books: http://www.good.is/post/are-college-libraries-about-to-become-bookless/

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