The e-Books and e-Readers: Evolution, Diffusion and Acceptance

By James Sena.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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This paper explores the introduction and development of the e-reader/e-book as a device and phenomena. We begin by defining and differentiating the book from the eBook. The Innovation Diffusion Technology [IDT] model is presented and applied to the eBook (media) industry. Its various characteristics are used to examine the eReader/eBook industry by identifying, portraying and contextualizing the products and the various players, special consideration dealing with digital rights, legal and ethical considerations will be tendered as appropriate in various sections of the paper. The paper concludes with several inferences and conclusions that frame the direction as well as ethical and legal issues about the eReader phenomenon.

Keywords: eReader, eBooks, Information Diffusion Technology Model, Media Publishers

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.79-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 989.233KB).

Dr. James Sena

Professor of Management and Information Systems, Orfalea College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Professor of Management & Information Systems. Education: Ph.D. management information systems, University of Kentucky, M.S. information science, University of Dayton, MBA operations research, Xavier University of Ohio, Graduate work, actuarial science, University of Iowa, B.S. mathematics, Xavier University of Ohio. Teaching Specializations: Organization Systems and Technology, Project Management, Computer Security. Network Systems, Java, Data Structures, Management Information Systems, Decision Support and Expert Systems, Operations research, Data Warehouse & Data Mining. Additional College/University Experience: Visiting Research Scholar, Norwegian Institute of Technology, Fulbright Award, Trondheim, Norway; Assistant Professor, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas; Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Clear Lake City, Texas; Assistant Professor, University of Louisville. Research Interests and Experience: Knowledge Management, CISCO Network Management; Agent-based components; Platform Architectures; Sustainable Work Systems; Process Analysis and Reengineering, Research and Development of group decision making and organizational analysis computer software. Use of Windows software development tools to create management support systems-Visual Studio, Java, MS Excel & Access, and impact of computer-based information technologies.

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