Sharp and XMDF

20Jul10

A new standard proposed by Sharp for rich ebook experiences.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/20/sharps-xmdf-format-looks-to-bring-e-books-into-the-next-generat/

I keep wondering whether the fidelity improvements offered by native apps and devices like the iPad and what Sharp is proposing merit the reinvention of existing browser-based production processes and standards. The iPad’s browser experience (with the exception of flash content) is pretty great. Would users rather have the whole web at pretty good quality or portions at super-high quality? Not mutually exclusive, but if you’re a content provider with a large existing audience, this is an important question.  You may not have the luxury of telling your audience: hey — check out this new cool version of my content, but only if you have the newest and greatest device.

Other examples of iPad and other innovative reading experiences.

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