The Real Problem With Enhanced Ebooks

shutterstock_107797349It’s become the common wisdom that enhanced ebooks haven’t taken off and that perhaps they never will.

But it’s too early to let enhanced ebooks go the way of the publisher-produced CD-ROM, writes enhanced ebook advocate Peter Costanzo. See, one of the main reasons they haven’t taken off is the myriad devices and reading technologies we have.

Creating meaningful, strong reading-based entertainment experiences for all iOS and Android users is near impossible, not to mention Windows and Blackberry users.

When it comes to enhanced ebooks, the best is yet to come, Costanzo says. Much more.

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