We are in the transition point for books as people are introduced to eBooks and reading on electronic devices. These eBooks naturally have to have a smooth transition which won’t alienate readers used to traditional book formats; hence we have page turning effects and formatted layout but eBooks will change. The traditional formation will evolve, multi-media will make books something more contextually in-depth and rich adding layers of content providing a complete audio/visual experience which grows around the ‘reader’ taking him or her further into the realms of fiction like never before.
As a new generation of book readers evolve they won’t be locked in to the same mindset as the early adopters of digital books. Technology will expand out options and the arrival of ePub 2.0 and subsequent versions will further enrich the eBook reading experience. Content will always be king but the thrilling aspect will be the variety and richness of the content that can be delivered within a reading experience. We will move away from page turning software and the concept of the page will also disappear. Interactivity and cross-platform multi-media will become the norm in many instances. Publishers will have to look at ways of delivering this new content, invariably authors will also become part of the overall process of the production of the eBook of the future.