Digital Books: the problem of a bad inheritance

Posted on April 29th, by Liam in AppBooks, Blog, iPad. Comments Off on Digital Books: the problem of a bad inheritance

Something has been bugging me lately. It seems that in our enthusiasm for digital books we have forgotten that actually reading them is important. Even Apple seem to have forgotten this when they made iBooks for the iPad.

I was disappointed to find that iBooks only give us a choice of 5 fonts, despite presenting books in a way that can only be for reading.

Digital books are failing us. Why? Because they are inheriting their style and presentation from websites.

When I was on dial up and it took a long time to load a single page of a website, I preferred that the images were heavily compressed and didn’t care what font the text was in, just that I could read it right away. But now that I have 3G and spend hours on the internet each day, I am much … Read More »

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