"There is zero added functionality to a novel"

To: "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: "There is zero added functionality to a novel"
From: "Richard Nowotny" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:45:39 +1100
Anyone who thinks, as David reflects here, that i-books have zero added
functionality (as I would have happily agreed until a few weeks ago) should
try Googling TS Eliot?s The Waste Land for iPad to have a look at the future
for us all (there is a 2½-minute promotional video showing many of its
features). Described thus:


A unique reading experience

This award-winning title brings alive the most revolutionary poem of the
last hundred years for a 21st century audience.

A wealth of interactive features illuminate T.S. Eliot?s greatest work,
including audio readings, detailed notes and expert insights.

It?s a remarkable achievement and points to a whole new future for books, of
which birding field-guides are clearly serious early innovators.

We are all clearly in for a rich multi-media ?reading? experience, in many




-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of David Stowe
Sent: Friday, 29 November 2013 9:23 PM
To: Peter Shute
Cc: Arthur & Denise; 
Subject: Video Overview: Pizzey & Knight Digital Edition


Personally i can't believe the Morcombe app is so cheap especially with the
calls. Who else spent hundreds of dollars collecting the BOCA CD set?!


Also there is so much more development work/cost that goes into an app
compared to the printed book. You can't honestly compare a novel with this
app? There is zero added functionality to a novel -essentially its simply a
"scan" of the printed version.


Go and buy an ebook from CSIRO publishing for another example - ones i have
looked at were the same cost as the printed book without any added
functionality and no printing cost.



David Stowe




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