The Future Of The Ebook Isn't PDF
Over the last couple of week's the blogosphere has seen some euphoria over Seth Godin's release of his PDF book Knock Knock' - a starter guide for web publishing, I...
There are a lot of pages in Knock Knock (I finally downloaded it as I wrote this so I could check) – could I just print it off? I don't have a printer at home, I don't use a printer at work because I never have to these days. If I did print it, I'm sure I'd leave it on the printer until the guy from Accounts finally recycles it.
We're in an age of links, trackbacks, dynamic updatable content – and the PDF is quite frankly a dinosaur. There's no point making a book an ebook if you don't make the content accessible. Many traditional books are in a poor format for our modern lifestyle – I have several business books at home half read, getting dusty. However, two books that I read in a flash recently was Tom Peter's Trends and Robyn Waters' Trendmaster books. Why? They were booklets – short, concise, could fit in my pocket so I could read anywhere, anytime on my ever-changing schedule (and I could take my eyes away from the screen for once).