Ebooks are getting simpler and more beautiful every day, but if you are still hesitating whether to reach for them, these videos may make things a lot easier.
I’ve selected the videos published between 2008 and 2011. It’s my subjective choice. They are clearly the most inspiring videos, which keep reassuring me that ebooks are the world I want to be part of – and I want to get as involved as possible.
Ebooks are part of the future, but they change extremely fast. What you’ll see in some of the videos, especially the ones from 2008 or 2009, is already not part of the future, but part of the past.
As ebooks change fast, there is no time to complain about them. Grab their today’s beauty, because tomorrow you may miss it, just like we all miss the smell of the paper.
The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave
When Nick Cave’s novel The Death of Bunny Munro was released in late 2009, a part of the launch set was a digital edition of the book, developed by Enhanced Editions.
Illustrated by Cave’s nostalgic music (composed specially for the book), this video ideally describes what ebooks are meant to be. They are not the revolution in reading, but e-volution. They evolve from print books and try to mimic all their beauty, but they also feature all what is needed to grab the attention of users spending most of their time with digital media.
When I saw the video for the first time, I decided to buy the book immediately. It had a terribly high price, €19.99, but it was worth it. The book is brilliant, the experience is unforgettable, no matter whether you read or listen to it – or maybe because you have a freedom to instantly switch between these two ways of letting the book impress the mind.
If I had to pick up one book to show the way ebooks relate to print books, it would be The Death of Bunny Munro. Book’s title is symbolic – the death of the main character marks the birth of the modern book.
Kobotorial: what is an e-reader?
A lot of people still think that ebooks are complicated. When you compare them to print books, they are. But when you’re referring to digital technology, ebooks are just like anything else. You have to learn something in the first place, in order to enjoy later – and for a long time.
Many readers, especially those ones, who are not very much into technology are afraid that once they give ebooks a chance, they will get stuck with technology that will take away all the pleasure of reading.
Kobo ebookstore knew how to deal with this attitude. In 2010 a series of “kobotorials” was produced, where different topics related to ebooks and e-readers are described – in a very simple, light-hearted, and open-minded way.
Alice for the iPad
When this video demo of one of the first book apps for the iPad, hit the web in April 2010, it was a shock. Alice for the iPad for a long time was a shining example of how stunning the book can be if you have a framework the device such an iPad can give.
Before the iPad, enhanced ebooks were only available on smartphones. The big-screen enhanced ebooks became reality in 2010, and their number is increasing stunningly quickly. Almost any book app available now in the AppStore or in Google Play offers similar features as the legendary Alice for the iPad.
Ebooks in the cloud
An obvious benefit of e-readers is that they can carry several hundreds, if not thousands, of ebooks. But it’s not the disc space of the device that can make access to your library really easy. It’s the cloud. Your ebooks are stored on a server of the ebookstore. Thanks to that you can access them from any device – computer, tablet, e-reader – at any time. It’s not a matter of owning the device to read books, but rather logging in to the virtual bookshelf.
What’s worth stressing is that all content is synced across devices. You can end a book on your Kindle, and open it exactly at the same place on a Kindle app on your laptop.
The cloud bookshelf is offered by all major ebookstores (Kindle Store, Kobo, iBookstore, Nook Store), but it’s Google who managed perfectly to describe how it works.
Book concepts from Ideo
Nelson, Coupland, and Alice – these are the three stunning visions of the book, presented by the design and innovation company Ideo.
Each of the three visions shows a totally different reading experience – and this is where the future lies: books will be essentially different from each other, depending on their purpose. They will be designed in order to maximize the learning process (non-fiction), or enjoyment (fiction) of the reader.
The future of the book
Lulu, a leading self-publishing and book-printing platform, developed a beautiful vintage-style video explaining what is a book and where does it go.
In an online world where ideas are not bound by physical or geographical constraints, a book is whatever you want it to be — bound only by the limitations of your own sense of creativity or imagination.
Ebooks in the future by Editis
This wonderful clip, produced by a French publishing group Editis dates back to 2007, but it’s still immensely inspiring. Instead of describing the features of the books of the future, it shows a daily life with them.
We miss the smell of the paper. This video made me think of what our children will be missing in books. There are so many great features, and benefits, and little impressions that make reading ebooks so pleasing.