E-BOOKS The Paperless Paper Revolution

The biggest problem with the implementation of the Paperless Office is that we tried to run before we could walk. That is to say, we tried to go paperless, before we had a compelling alternative to paper. I think you’ll all agree that lugging around an awkwardly sized, and piping hot, laptop everywhere you go, just isn’t practical. And if it ain’t practical, it ain’t going nowhere. In fact, it’s quite unreasonable and unrealistic, to ask someone to desist from using paper entirely — including paper books — given that the experience and convenience of dealing with paper is far superior. The good news however, is that the winds of change are beginning to blow through our homes and offices, and we’ll soon be able to change that “is” to a “was”. Why am I so confident? Well a number of reasons really.

Electronic Reading Devices
Given the recent onslaught of a new breed of electronic reading devices — the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, iRex Digital Reader, Readius, Astak Mentor, BeBook Reader and Cybook G — it’s reasonable to assume that these companies think that e-book reading devices have a bright future. Indeed it looks like they are on the verge of engaging in a battle that resembles the early PC wars for the hearts and minds (but mainly cash) of John and Jane Doe. Battles aside, this is great news. The more competitors in the market the better. Hopefully this hot competition will produce the electronic reading device that seals the deal — a device so easy-to-use and convenient that it makes reading a paper book feel positively outdated.

Electronic Paper and Digital Paper
Devices like the Kindle and Sony Reader are great, but they aren’t enough. In order for paper to be completely replaced, we need to save a replacement that closely mimics its properties. That’s where e-paper and digital paper come in. Unlike electronic reading devices, electronic paper and digital paper are attempts at replacing the real thing. In general terms electronic paper attempts to mimic the look of ordinary ink on paper, while digital paper attempts to replicate the action of writing on paper.

Evolution of the e-Book Market The emergence of a commercially significant electronic book (e-book) market in the past three years has been the result of two quite-recent technological developments. old habits die hard. lightweight and portable e-book readers such as Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader. but I also think that even baby boomers will want to make the switch in a few years. Direct-to-device sampling and delivery. by hand. but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The Plastic Logic Reader is one example — in a recent BBC article they looked at how Plastic Logic is leading the charge in coming up with a paper killer. has been a breakthrough in the technology for manufacturing reflective electronic paper displays (EPDs). it’s bendy. which has been critical to early consumer adoption of e-books.Imagine a sheet of e-paper that for all intents and purposes looks like regular old tree paper. however. which have made it possible to deliver digital books directly to reading devices without the intermediate steps of downloading files to a PC and then transferring them to a reader. The second has been the rollout of reliable “3G” wireless broadband networks. the switch to paperless paper is inevitable — and if you think that we’re still going to be using paper in 2020. have enabled impulse-driven e-commerce. That it will only be achieve when the YouTube generation. Maybe this is the case. it’s durable — except. Not only does it let you write. when the technology catches up with our needs. grow up and take the lead. Further development of the business will be closely tied to future technological development . It’s a briefcase. who presumably aren’t as attached to paper books. particularly with Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPhone. except it’s as thick as a sheet of paper. it’s different. The technology for e-books. We aren’t quite there yet. but this habits days are truly numbered. as much as you want — when you get to the bottom of a page you just have to virtually flick on over to the next page — but it also lets you load up previously saved documents. The e-Generation Some argue that the move to less paperless world is a generational thing. allowing for the introduction of affordable. and most critical. For me. It’s lightweight. then I — well I just don’t agree with you. like we currently do. The first. It’s true. remains nascent. The Kindle and its ilk are very much first-generation devices that deliver the minimally acceptable experience.

Operations include research and development. with 35 of them ranked #1. engineering. In one year. 150 young adult and children's books. Little Brown and Company for Young Readers. As the market grows. manufacturing. Yen Press. FaithWords. Brown and Company. Sony Electronics Inc. distribution and customer service. format standardization and rich-media applications. In 2008. Grand Central Publishing. sales. Center Street and Hachette Audio. Orbit. This examines the trends and opportunities ahead. and 60 audio book titles across five major publishers: Little. the company had a record 107 books on the New York Times bestseller list. the second largest publisher in the world. marketing. is a leading provider of audio/video electronics and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. HBG publishes approximately 450 adult books. design. Its high-resolution electronic paper display delivers a realistic print look that .including flexible and color displays. there are numerous opportunities for other technology players. CONTRIBUTORS: Hachette Book Group Hachette Book Group (HBG) is a leading US trade publisher headquartered in New York and owned by Hachette Livre. from social networks to cloud service providers and more. Sony Electonics Inc. Reader is Sony's family of portable reading devices for E-Books.

books from public libraries and more than one million free public domain titles from Google Books. Consistently at the forefront of innovation. The Reader provides access to books from many places. computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. nonfiction and children's books.rivals traditional paper and uses minimal power. HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors. including The Reader Store from Sony. membership. Barnes & Noble HarperCollins HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction. and meet growing consumer demand. OCLC is a nonprofit. More . OCLC Founded in 1967.

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