I stole this clip from Enhanced Editions.com where they rave about enhanced editions ebooks, particularly those that they’ve created.
They list a host of “enhancements” available in their editions which are supposed to make the e-version more desirable than traditional paper…and for which you’re supposed to be willing to pay an additional amount, say $15 instead of $10.
Direct from the web site, here are their enhancements…along with my take in red.
|Easily switch between type sizes and serif and sans-serif fonts.||My eReader of choice already allows this…so, I’m not sure how this qualifies as an enhancement.|
|Store bookmarks and notes on the text.||My eReader of choice already allows this, too…so, again, I’m not sure how this qualifies as an enhancement.|
|Navigate via pages, chapters and the table of contents.||Are they really calling this an enhancement? Because I don’t see how this qualifies either. I admit I’ve purchased a few PDF ebooks which don’t have chapter navigation…but PDF always allows a page view…I can navigate (admittedly a bit awkwardly) but navigate I can, nonetheless.|
|Keep up to date with your favourite books and authors via the in-app news feed.||Okay: They got me here. The books I’ve bought so far don’t offer this. But I’m wondering: do I need their dedicated reader to use this option?|
|Read reviews and articles about the book.||I read my reviews and articles BEFORE I purchase the book. Why would I be interested in them after I made the sale? And, I can already get that stuff free on the ‘net. Now…critical essays about the book, that’s another story…|
|Quickly and clearly search the full text of the book.||Sorry, I can do this now.|
|Turn on tilt scrolling to move the page with a flick of your wrist.||This might be useful if you’re trying to read one-handedly…but I can read one-handedly on my device with no problem, using just a finger tap to turn the page. A wrist-flick seems so…inefficient, and painful, after a while.|
|Watch exclusive videos shot with the authors. (Selected Title Only)||This would be cool….as long as it’s new footage, and not a re-hash of something I can get on YouTube.|
|Change the type orientation and reading options, and remember your personal settings.||I can do this now with my current eReader, so how is it an enhancement?|
|Listen to exclusive soundtracks and extracts, or switch to the complete audiobook edition.||I like the audiobook option. In fact, I love it….with a two-plus hour commute daily, I’ve been listening to more audio books.|
Perhaps I’m being overly critical, particularly with the navigation thing, but even if you count that, I see only four real “enhancements” out of the ten they’re touting:
- Enhanced Navigation (Still, imo, a gimme.)
- Keep Up to Date with Authors via Newsfeed
- Author Interviews
- Audio built in
If I want author news, I can always check the Web myself. And, depending on how Enhanced Editions sets up their newsfeed, I might actually get more news if I do the search myself.
The included author interviews will be stale after a few months. Again, I can probably find these on the web.
Now the built in audio…that’s a plus. That’s the one I really, really like. And it might make me spend the extra $5. Maybe.
You’ve heard from me. What’s your two cents?