“Should eBooks Be Distinguished From Books?”

Here’s something to think about: “Should eBooks Be Distinguished From Books?” (eBookNewser)

Sure, it’s a question for ebook-obsessives and publishers to think about now. But, it’s not all that far-fetched to think about how that distinction might seem less and less clear as time goes on (after all, remember that too-cute video with the toddler was confounded that a paper magazine didn’t work like an iPad?) —

“This, in and of itself, points out that the stigma of an eBook over a print book. Aside from the obvious, eBooks being short for electronic books, Archer raises a bigger issue. Should eBooks be distinguished from their print counterparts?

Maybe and maybe not. Unless the format changes the experience as enhanced eBooks do, then a book is a book, be it paperback, hardcover or digital.”

Should there be a distinction? It’s worth some discussion. The fact that such a question can be asked is an interesting one to me. On the one hand, there are some who may well think a book is a book is a book. And, on the other hand, there is of course a pretty set distinction between books and ebooks, and I don’t necessarily see that changing any time soon. But, still.


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