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E-Book Review Volume 1

THE e-BOOK REVIEW
industry standard intended to reduce these problems. However, it has created problems of its own
due to allowing companies to use their own in compatible DRM systems.
What does this all mean for the creator of e-books as well as the reader. In essence very little.
For the creator the content is always going to be more important than any particular format,
though it would be wise to make your masterpiece as accessible as possible to your readership.
For the reader it is dependent on where and on what they do their reading. A desktop computer
can comfortably handle most formats (and most people don’t know that software to read Kindle
and Nook books can be installed on their PCs). Only when it comes to handhelds and their
competing formats does one run into trouble. Making a well-reasoned choice when purchasing a
reader should alleviate this. Make sure that your preferred option has the books you want to read
and at a price you want to pay. In the end run many of these formats will disappear, if only
through a process of evolution, so it’s essential you don’t back any dinosaurs.
(Elements of this article are taken from http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/E-book_formats)
A WRITER’S
RANT
The advice has always been that if you’re involved with
digital products on the internet (you know, those
intangible things that don’t really exist) then you must
have some kind of 3D representation or you won’t sell.
But surely this assumes that our potential customers
aren’t really bright enough to know the difference
between a real book and a 2D drawing that uses the
magic of perspective to make them imagine they’re
buying an actual paper and ink book. I’d like to think that
my readers are quite smart and savvy and aren’t
deceived by this, but just like everybody else I fall for the line and bow to the hassle of creating 3D
covers because as a writer I’m just as susceptible to this nonsense. It pleases me to think that I
have a ‘real’ book out there, rather than just a bunch of digital text. As the creator, I put just as
much work into any digital production as anything I’ve produced for print, stage or broadcast, so
why this need to delude myself, that somehow a facsimile of reality is more real than the reality,
which is that my e-book is just that, an e-book. An electronic, digital, e-book, which has never had
the benefit of a printing press.
Maybe it’s the case that the e-book won’t come of age until we get over this need.
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