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E-BOOKS AND E-PUBLISHING
The Future of Electronic Publishing
By: Sam Vaknin
UNESCO's somewhat arbitrary definition of "book" is:
""Non-periodical printed publication of at least 49 pages excluding
The emergence of electronic publishing was supposed to change all that. Yet
a bloodbath of unusual proportions has taken place in the last few months.
Time Warner's iPublish and MightyWords (partly owned by Barnes and Noble)
were the last in a string of resounding failures which cast in doubt the
business model underlying digital content. Everything seemed to have gone
wrong: the dot.coms dot bombed, venture capital dried up, competing
standards fractured an already fragile marketplace, the hardware (e-book
readers) was clunky and awkward, the software unwieldy, the e-books badly
written or already in the public domain.
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