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The rebirth of digital books through blockchain

from Simone-Pierre Marion

Before books could be published on the internet as an elaborate series of zeroes and ones, almighty paper ruled the publishing world. It wasn’t until 1971, the year that Project Gutenberg was founded, that the digital and written worlds finally collided. Since that time, we have been trying very hard to distinguish the two: books versus ebooks. But why are we trying to distinguish them by referring to digital books as ebooks? A digital movie isn’t an “emovie” and digital music isn’t “emusic.” It doesn’t make much sense to do so. A book is a book whatever the format, just like a movie is a movie and a song is a song.

I think we are trying to distinguish the two formats partly because we are purists and we like to think paper books are nobler. Also, because the industry is fighting very hard to keep the paper format alive. And finally, because the process to publish, distribute, sell, and read a digital book is not perfect, far from it.

I am not being a pessimist here; I love to read books in their digital format. I am sure that they will continue to evolve and that we will see an increase in their use in the future even if the adoption rate has been flat for the last couple of years. more


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