This is why Hugh McGuire is so great, he’s clear-sighted and setting about fixing a REAL problem. Success cannot be too far away. I love the idea of PressBook, I want it to succeed, I’m sure it will:
Book production is broken right now, because it’s still focused on creating a print book, and then somehow generating an ebook. So ebooks are still an afterthought in production processes. But even more important, in the long run, is that those producing books aren’t yet even thinking about the web – which I’m certain will be the ultimate place that books will live.
via From Book Oven to PressBooks, Hugh McGuire Shares His Startup Story.
Honestly think this is inescapable. Think in truth it has been pretty obviously the future for some time. O’m not sure it will come quickly though, more likely very slowly and in fits and starts. I also expert print to persist though and I’d not be surprised to see ebooks hanging around too!
Many people don’t want books to become part of the Internet, because we just don’t know what business would look like if they were.
This will change, slowly or quickly. While the value of the digitization of books for readers has primarily been, to date, about access and convenience, there is massive and untapped (and unknown) value to be discovered once books are connected. Once books are accessible in the way well-structured websites are.
via The line between book and Internet will disappear – O’Reilly Radar.