Monday, August 03, 2009
Ebooks are just books, right? It's just a format.
But sometimes I wonder why ebooks do not take greater advantage of their freedom from the costs of conventional printing.
Ebooks could be experimentally formatted, illustrated, animated. They could have soundtracks, photographs, backgrounds, handwritten letters and whispering voices. Because with an ebook all of these things could potentially be done without increasing the cost of reproduction of delivery.
And then I suppose I remember, books don't need gimmicks. They don't even benefit from them. The written word may travel swifter now and over longer distances with greater resilience.
But a book is still at its best when it is just a book. A package full of words, strung together, to tell a story.