The End Is Nigh
Stephen Cole, founder of eBooks.com, describes why the current slowdown on eBook sales growth will be only temporary:
The innovation I look forward to is not so much about added functionality as about elegant simplicity. Today’s ebooks are still a slightly awkward simulacrum of a print book. You cannot just flip through an ebook, back and forth, the way you can with paper. Even turning pages, after all the practice I have had, is still a bit clumsy.
Writing margin notes requires a keyboard of some kind. The list is long. But with time, and through the incremental efforts of thousands of designers and developers, all these things will resolve.
There will come a time, quietly, when the experience of reading and managing your ebooks will actually surpass that of paper.