Some of my initial thought about the e-reader:
- The ability to highlight, bookmark passages, and take digital notes is a huge asset for academic reading.
- This advantage is the same one that prompts my use of Zotero to keep track of citations and reading notes on my laptop.
- The dictionary feature is my new best friend.
- The ability to digitally share reading lists, quotations, etc
The one example I have come across that pushes the boundaries of e-publishing is Paul La Farge's Luminous Airplanes work. La Farge describes his work as "immersive text", something akin to a new phase of hyperlink books which allows the reader to explore a text in unique and exploratory ways. A recent Spark interview highlights the ideas behind La Farge's work.
Additionally, Apple just announced the introduction of iBooks 2 app which boasts an interactive textbook format. It will be interesting to see if Apple's idea catches on and how it actually works as an interactive medium.
What types of innovation in digital literature would you like to see?