The Progression of Digital Publishing: Innovation and the E-volution of E-books

By John W. Warren.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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E-books are beginning to emerge from their incunabula stage. While some may think of an e-book as just an electronic image of a paper product, others have used the electronic format to broaden the spectrum of publishing in the digital age. This paper examines three innovative examples that demonstrate the potential and challenges of electronic publications. The first is an online resource providing information on the U.S. health care system, descriptions of policy proposals, and an interactive microsimulation model that estimates the effects of commonly proposed policy changes. The second example is a digital novel utilizing text, sound, images, and gaming in storytelling. The third is a survey of efforts to create digital textbooks with online study resources. Each case study provides insight into the possible future of the e-book.

Keywords: E-books, Information Society, Electronic Texts, Innovation, Digital Tools, Collaboration, Future of E-books

International Journal of the Book, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.37-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.067MB).

John W. Warren

Director, Marketing, Publications, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, USA

John W. Warren is Director of Marketing, Publications, at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. John has nearly two decades of experience in the publishing industry, with special focus on marketing and digital publishing. Previously, John managed marketing efforts for Mexican publisher Fondo de Cultura Econ├│mica, Sage Publications, and Sylvan Learning, Inc., and has provided consulting services to firms seeking to expand business in Mexico and South America. He has presented at major publishing conferences in the United States and internationally. He has a Masters in International Management from the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego. John is the winner of the Common Ground International Award for Excellence in the area of the Book.


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