Improving e-books

When was the last time you read an e-book? Okay, maybe it was recently, but aren’t they fun to read on a computer.

Mark Carey explains why e-books are such a mess and how they can improve, in Tower of eBabel

Global e-book sales in 2005 were projected to reach about $15 million, according to the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), a major trade group. For comparison purposes, e-book sales for the first half of 2005 were up 72% over the same period in 2004. While the increase is impressive, the actual number is just a speck of the $23.7 billion in sales of paper books. A Biblical story comes to mind from the wasteful and confusing proliferation of formats—the tale of the Tower of Babel, whose builders failed for want of a common tongue.


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