Blowing Out the Digital Book as We Know It

Tina Barseghian, MindShift, Dec 05, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Right now people are thinking of eBooks as though they were like books, only rendered digitally on thinks like iPads or Kindles. This is a short phase that won't last long. Books are about to be transformed. Tina Barseghian looks at what Inkling Books is doing as an example. "Inkling is working on blowing out the digital book as we know it. Though the company started by digitally rendering existing print textbooks only for the iPad — currently, there are about 100 book titles — it’s poised to become a major player in the publishing industry. But rather than creating content, the tech company will provide the platform that can transcend any device, whether that’s an iPad, a Kindle — or even a laptop." Ah - but Inkling has a lot of competition in the space. Look at the interactive 3D model of the human body and its systems launched by Primal Pictures.
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