Future Developments: Interactive E-Books
The 2014 Case Study booklet explains how Cobb Publishing may want to develop e-books with interactive features in the future. Blowing Up the Book
is a wall street journal article that discusses the future of e-books and the possible enhancements publishers may start to include. Why it's Too Early for Publishers to Give up on Media-Rich Ebooks
is another article that discusses some of the difficulties relating to these e-books, including file format and compatibility problems and a lack of desire from e-book customers. Teacher Knows if You've Done the E-Reading
highlights one possible enhanced e-book 'feature' - e-books that can gather statistics about how (or if) they are being read. Clearly this may raise privacy concerns. Enhanced eBooks
from eBook Architects has a great page relating to enhanced e-books, covering a wide range of material that can be included (such as video, audio, and animation) and a wide range of examples to highlight how this technology can be implemented. It also features a nice table that shows which enhanced features are supported in each e-book file format - this itself could lead to a useful discussion about file formats and compatability.
A few e-book publishers already produce enhanced e-books and it is very productive to browse through their sites and check out the functionality their products offer:
- Amazon have a number of free enhanced e-books which you can download for the Kindle or the Kindle Reader software.
- Blurb have a very clear, well laid out gallery of enhanced e-books with full interactive previews
- SourceBooks produce a range of enhanced e-books.