[Icolcebook] New Essay Published by First Monday: “E-books: Histories, Trajectories, Futures”

Ann Okerson aokerson at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 20:16:06 EDT 2015

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The author, Michael M. Widdersheim, is a Ph.D. student in the School
of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.


E-books: Histories, Trajectories, Futures


First Monday
Vol. 20, No. 6 (2015)


This essay traces the historical trajectory of e-books in the U.S. and
imagines their possible futures. Legal, economic, and technical
developments that led to contemporary e-books reveal a tension between
commercial and non-commercial programming. Commercial e-book designs
control end uses, reduce production and distribution costs, stimulate
consumption, and monitor user behaviors; however, alternative
producers and users on the periphery continue to challenge these
centralizing tendencies.

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