Books in the Digital World
The book industry opens its arms to the digital technology of production processes, expectantly observes the new proposals about on-demand edition, and looks with scepticism the innovations related to e-book or e-ink models and it watches with distrust the increasing distribution over Internet. The books have been always more attached to the media, the paper, than other cultural contents like music or video; this dependency has allowed a moratorium in the revolution that shakes, by the hand of Internet, to practically all the cultural industries. Nevertheless, something is changing and faster than foreseen. Digital libraries are a reality, the media for digital reading improves and the mentality of the users changes. Technology that supports the traditional business is welcome. What happens when this technology begins to undermine the foundations of the well-known business model?
Keywords: e-Book, e-Ink, Book Industry, Internet, Web 2.0, Business Model
IT Director, Dirección de Administración Electrónica, Informática y Comunicaciones de la Comunidad de Madrid