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WRT ebooks disappearing/becoming unreadable: both of the current major formats (epub and mobi) are HTML inside a wrapper. HTML isn't going anywhere any time soon. There's some reason for concern about books with DRM, but in that case your beef is with the publisher, not the format. Amazon does not require DRM -- that's an option when you submit the book, but you don't have to add it.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror
WRT to books as works of art: exactly the same arguments were made when hand-calligraphed and illuminated manuscripts were replaced with moveable type machine printing. Exactly. Printed books were seen as cheap, ugly, knockoff imitations of original works of art (which, of course, they were -- and are). It didn't work.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror
I agree with just about everything except this: "Books should be a near-perfect replica of the print book." To expand on Yuriy's comment above, it's not a goood idea to use designs intended for fixed-size pages on devices with widely divergent screen sizes, especially when they don't even have the concept of "pages", per se. To add even more fun, the reader is typically able to alter the font size, making a fixed layout even more fragile. Perhaps you could somehow prevent that from happening, but that would be a cure worse than the disease, IMO. I like to adjust the font size depending on how tired my eyes are, and to people with visual impairments that capability can be a godsend (no more hunting around for special "large print" books -- every ebook is a large print book). In the bad old days, web designers would create sites with notices similar "Please set your monitor to 800x600, 256 color mode". The pros mostly know how to avoid that now. There's no reason an ebook can't do the same. Both mobi (Amazon) and epub (essentially everyone else) are basically just HTML, so there shouldn't be a problem applying web techniques. In practice there are issues -- not all readers support the same subset of CSS. However, I think that problem goes away in time; the Kindle Fire and iBooks are much better than the older eInk Kindles.
Toggle Commented Apr 10, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror
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