The Future of the Book (video)

I found an interesting video by the design firm IDEO. It shows their 3 concepts for the future of digital books. I just watched the video, and a couple details struck me as rather odd. I can't recall the last time I saw a video that showed active collaboration on a concept ereader. Do all these designers assume you will only create content computer, not an ereader? The other odd thing is that the collaboration abilities of most of these concept ereaders are actually less than what you can do right now with a tablet. Concepts aren't supposed to be behind the curve, and this one is.

The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on The Future of the Book (video)

  1. I like the tribute to hypertext pioneer Ted Nelson there. Also a powerful illustration of what metadata/metacontent would make possible. The Alice one was just ridiculous — “Leave your home, go to this strange place, and get a free sekrit chapter.” WTF?!

  2. Alice turned book reading into a video game.

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