The book industry is facing a new explosion in the forms of e-book and digital libraries on the internet and around the world. This explosion continues to magnify and increase at a staggering rate to a point that, some experts now believe, the number of books available on the internet in Digital libraries will exceed that of the Library of Congress. This paper presents various views on the future and viability of e-book. The paper focused specifically on the viability of printed books in an age that is dominated with personal electronics that are capable of accessing thousands of databases via the web, and via other wireless communications technologies. Also, while the methods of producing books have changed, and that new delivery methods have been added to the business of book publishing, they have also paved the way for scholars and publishers to search for answers related to digital rights, and for new marketing strategies to benefit creative people.
|Keywords:||E-book, Digital Convergence, Desktop Publishing, Pay-Per-Use Books, Custom Book Publishing, Digital Books, Books for Smartphones, RSS Feeds|
Assistant Professor, Radio-TV Division, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA
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