Networked, Mobile, and Landlocked: Current Ereaders


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Devices and ecosystems for digital reading have changed dramatically since 2009 when our first "Current E-Readers" presentation was given at Tools of Change. This presentation looks at some of the steps forward (and back!) for interoperability and a sane ebook ecosystem.

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Networked, Mobile, and Landlocked: Current Ereaders

  1. 1. Networked, Mobile & Landlocked Current Ereaders Liza Daly Keith Fahlgren Threepress Threepress
  2. 2. 2010 versus 2009: Fragmentation vs. consolidation
  3. 3. 2008 - Q3 2009: Format consolidation Mobipocket Everyone else
  4. 4. Consolidated on ePub Adobe Widespread adoption of ePub DRM and mobile SDK
  5. 5. Q4 2009 - Q1 2010 • B&N merged eReader DRM with Adobe DRM • No other support for eReader/ Adobe hybrid outside of • Landlocked readers may never be upgraded
  6. 6. Q1 2010 • Apple embraces ePub... • ...but will use its own DRM... • ...compatible with anybody?
  7. 7. Q1 2010 Blio • ePub + PDF bundle? • Compatible with anybody...?
  8. 8. Only 3 formats! Page-based Reflowable PDF ePub Mobipocket Some ebook know-it-all, Fall 2009
  9. 9. Requiem for an ebook shopper What has fragmentation wrought on the purchase process?
  10. 10. “Y ou sh all not pas s” Barnes & Noble Fictionwise Stanza ? Kobo
  11. 11. “Y ou sh all not pas s” Even though most of these devices and stores use ePub, Barnes & Noble there’s almost no way for consumers to understand which devices will support which individual books, and when Fictionwise books can be exported from cloud-based ecosystems. Stanza ? Kobo
  12. 12. Can you think of a single Don’t expect people to put up consumer product that is with this. so difficult to buy? They have many easier choices for entertainment. (It’s hard to look at the previous chart and not conclude that DRM is the primary culprit.)
  13. 13. Three ways to segment e-readers: e-ink Last year at our talk, “A Survey of Current E-Readers” we looked at the market through this lens
  14. 14. This year, we’re focusing on ecosystems and usability: Cloud Interoperability
  15. 15. Consumers can choose to read on one or many of these devices.
  16. 16. Approaching Clouds
  17. 17. In a Cloudy World, Networking Wins Devices without web connections are not “landlocked”, they are “landfill”
  18. 18. Menacing Clouds? Privacy concerns and vendor lock-in are critical to consider.
  19. 19. Happy Clouds? But cloud-based systems offer users flexibility and ebook capabilities beyond just text on screens.
  20. 20. Browser Required? Google Editions and others may offer browser-based clouds that allow greater access to the web and greater interoperability... maybe.
  21. 21. Discovering New Content OPDS BookServer and OPDS are part of the web ecosystem and suggest that books and other publications will be most easily discovered via the internet rather than single-point retailers.
  22. 22. Thanks! Liza Daly Keith Fahlgren Twitter: @liza Twitter: @abdelazer