5 Reasons Why E-Books Aren’t There Yet | Epicenter | Wired.com
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"There are no two ways about it: E-books are here to stay. Unless something as remarkable as Japan’s reversion to the sword occurs, digital books are the 21st century successor to print. And yet the e-book is fundamentally flawed. There are some aspects to print book culture that e-books can’t replicate (at least not easily) — yet....[H]ere are five things about e-books that might give you pause about saying good riddance to the printed page. Fix these problems, and there really will be no limits to the e-book’s growth.... E-books are positioned as disposable, but aren’t priced that way. This one is simple, and also easy to oversimplify since people still have to get paid. But until e-books truly add new value, the way Hollywood did with DVD extras, it’s just annoying to plunk down $13 for what amounts to a rental. E-books cost virtually nothing to produce, and yet the baseline cover price, set by publishers, is only fractionally below the discount price for the print version of new releases. E-books can’t be shared, donated to your local library shelter, or re-sold...."