E-book impact on the society and personal learning
Few year before, hear about from US on the future trend of ebook replacement of hard copy book, and call for the entire publishing industry to react on the future trend of ebook. And at the time, Adobe come out with it Adobe Acobat/ebook platform, and Micorost also market its Microsoft reader platform. No to mention others also come out with its own plantform and specific industry application for the ebook. Maybe because of personal long tie with traditional hard copy of learning, in the end of it, I personal prefer ebook compile from existing html to become self execute .exe file ebook. It is simple, and no tie to each industry ebook standard, but it work. But at the time, the whole market is still heavy usage of the hardcopy book as main source for the information consumption for inform, entertain or reference. Personally over the year my book consumption is reduce, alot of information can be get from the internet free, and even more up-to-date. And more and more time spend over the computer to learning, entertain or socialising.
Recently, I surf the Internet and find out the new way of "ebook", and it is implement at the China. The company and the national libraries work out the Super Star Reader library system, and at the moment have about 100,000 books in the e-format able to be read among those who install the reader. And the business model is for each reader must register as a member, and paid for RMB 10 a year, you can unlimited access to the 100,000 books in the particular format. I try it, and it is really work and it is really a good ebook system. You can download those book, self authoring and share among the members as well. The tools provide is good and empower those who use the systems. I foresee in the future, this business model will be work. It is a matter of time for it to become a standard.
It is the fact for us that ebook do have a cost effective factor over hardcopy books. First it is duplicated in almost zero cost from the original book, and can reach as much readers as possible on demand, and it is save in the digital space, and have quick search function for the text your want. With the current trend of the world more tie-up with the Internet, utilize internet as infrastructure to spread and delivery the ebook become a trends. What as normal users really worry is how to preserve the book accumulate (backup) and really spend the limited time for digest over supply ebook in the market.
Each ebook producer try to market their own version of ebook with respective security, and I do foresee in the future only one standard format is avaliable for all the users to use. And from the ebook, we do see the really coming of the electronically based information-society is arrival, and we do need to will prepare and know how to utilize it to overcome current and traditional way of hardcopy books shortcoming.
Off course, if current publishing and book distribute and retailing industry no really react to the new trends, it is just a matter of time for them to be vandish. And under the new digital economy, who control the content distribution channel have the power to capture new digital economy wealth, it is also no wonder for a lot of company try to be "gateway" for information users connect to the Internet.
Useful Links 有用性的连接:
Adobe ebook Reader www.adobe.com/products/ebookreader/main.html
Microsoft Reader www.microsoft.com/reader
SuperStar Reader 超星数字图书馆 www.ssreader.com
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