Sunday, March 28, 2010

Introducing neverend books: Subscription Electronic Books With Social Media Built in - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Introducing neverend books: Subscription Electronic Books With Social Media Built in - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports: "A neverend book is a continuously updated (down to the paragraph level), Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free, ad-free, multimedia book that you can read on an iPhone, an iPad or any gadget or computer that has a Web browser. You can even read when you aren't connected to the Internet.

A neverend book contains the written word as well as color images, video, audio, hyperlinks, mini-applications, downloads or whatever else enhances a book's topic."

Wendy's Note: I am not sure I like this. I love audio books and reading books (when I am not too tired to read). The better the book the more I hate to have it stop. But how would I ever get any work done? I know during one suspenseful book series I was listening to on my way to St. Louis Mo, I almost missed my turn after digging in for the 8 hour session.

During an interesting business book recently, I ate my lunch in my car all week just so I could keep listening. At least with an audio or reading book, chapters and setting the book down let you take a break. You can also curl up in front of a fire, listen while you exercise on a bike trainer - basically multitask with non electronic efforts. We all need to consider unplugging every once in a while, right?

The danger of a "never ending book" is that no one may get their work done. This is based on the premise that the book and topic are so engaging we want to interact. You can chat, view videos, click links and so on. I visited the site but quite honestly I was not impressed. Who would want to work with never ending Calculus or Chess? If all your senses and hands are taken up listening and being interactive while in the book - who's going to make dinner?