The end of the bound book and the new era of content

Posted by Lisa MacKenzie on July 27, 2010

Yesterday I downloaded yet another book on my iPad and posted on Twitter that I may never buy another bound book again. Don't get me wrong - I love books, love bookstores (my office is two blocks from the famous Powells [] in Portland which is a daily temptation) and I have a constant battle with overstuffed bookshelves at home and my office.

The book I downloaded was on Web content strategy, Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson, and it seemed only appropriate to get this title as a digital book. Within this e-book are links to useful additional resources. With a printed book, I would need both my laptop and the book to fully get the benefit of all this great content. No longer. This book will always be fresh because the links can be updated without buying another copy. Brilliant.

Books will always have the power to take us to new places. Books on my iPad can do so much more.


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