The ebook as an API

(This is the eighth post in a series on the publishing industry’s new product categories.) The problem many publishers are facing is that their titles need to be reused in a variety of contexts. Book apps are very unfashionable at the moment but there is a brisk trade in small, fairly cheap, and functional apps based on book content, where the content is often licensed by a small app development outfit from a small publishing outfit or book packager.

Ebook silos, update

Yesterday, I wrote a post on ebook silos and missed opportunities. Some people seem to be missing the core criticism in the post. The problem, as I see it, is in the infrastructure and in the market we have in place. This is not a lament for how lazy people must be or how stupid existing developers are for not implementing these things already. Existing ebook reading apps are bland out of necessity.