I talked a little about this subject in a previous post (Literary criticism shaped by Google), but I saw another blogger talking about this and thought it was worth exploring some more. When most people read a book, they probably don’t go very far outside the text. For example, many people probably just skip over words they don’t know the meaning of (I’m guilty of this), rather than picking up a dictionary to see what it means.
Ebooks are changing all that. Because an ebook is digital it allows the author and/or publisher to enhance the content of the book by inserting links and additional information. So, if there’s a word you don’t understand, you might just have to click on it and the definition appears in a small bubble.
But that’s just scratching the surface of what ebooks are, and can be, capable of. The book can also link to more information on a given topic (especially interesting if it’s a science fiction book), or add different music to different parts of the text to add to the "mood".
While I still love print books, it’s exciting to think of the possibilities that exist as more and more books go digital. Ebooks really open up a whole new world in literature, one that has never been explored before. Certainly as technology improves, gadgets get smaller and faster, we can expect these types of innovations to change the way we view literature forever.
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