18 February 2010

Reading e-books years later

Phys Org has brought up an issue that's bothered me for a while. Given that ebooks are software defined, and software changes, will we be able to read ebooks bought now if we change devices, or simply, if devices change on us over time? In other words, do ebooks become more like magazines--a once-only, disposable read rather than keepers? Or will fanatical readers be rigorously "updating" the compatability of their ebook files?

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