How development in eReading technology is still tethered to the printed book

As the video above points out, there's a big difference between scrolls and bound books. The same is true of printed books and eBooks. But according to Joe Wikert, we seem to be "reluctant to abandon the print UI and move on to a dramatically better digital UI."

As he points out in his article "What if Digital Preceded Print?," the current ePublishing industry is akin to television in its early phase, which essentially produced radio programs in front of a camera. In other words, authors and publishers and other content creators are not making full use of eBook technology, or perhaps more accurately, they're not pushing the technology to its potential. Why not?

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With a spate of new eReaders and tablets hitting the market, we thought it worth spelling out some of the features and specs of the major players to help you discern which is right for you – or at least help you figure out what the differences are. Bear in mind, there is no real apple-to-apple comparison here (no pun intended). eReaders have black and white “eInk” screens and are designed to be fairly basic – the introduction of the latest $79 Kindle is the best proof of that. Tablets, on the other hand, are designed to be something like a laptop in your palm – and can be used for reading, gaming, browsing, streaming, recording, and many other “-ings” to boot. In the end, your (and your readers’) preferences may be driven by your choice of book retailer as much as by the features of any given eReader.

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NOOK Color’s 1.2 software update was just released. It includes Android 2.2 “Froyo” and Flash 10.1, along with Barnes & Noble’s Nook-specific app shop. Previously, it may have been difficult for you to budget precious reading time when entertaining distractions like “Angry Birds” were competing for your attention, but now those alternatives are all going to be housed on the same device. You’ll really have to stay focused! Read more