The future of e-books in 2017

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hen writing systems were invented in ancient civilizations, nearly everything that could be written upon—stone, clay, tree bark, metal sheets—was used for writing. In China,silk was also a base for writing and writing was done with brushes. Many other materials were used as bases: bone, bronze, pottery, shell, etc.Any material which will hold and transmit text is a candidate for books.

Nowadays information technology and the Internet offer total new ways of publishing. For years, newspapers and magazines have been published online, and on 90s also traditional printed books reached digital form. Electronic books or e-books, can now be bought and downloaded from online e-bookstores and be read on computer screen or portable e-book device.

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Client Questions

Future of the Book questions:

  • as the materials that are now published in books are learned through computer screens, what about the form will stay the same and what will change? authorship, editing, presentation style, stored locally?

closely related question:

  • will there be parallel publishing of a book on screen and print, and if so, will they be mostly similar or will it be a largely different production (such as a novel and movie).

  • what will be the role, if any, of scanned books in the future ecology? sales tool? reference work for searching? only old books will be used this way? old books wont be used even on screens by the general public?

different question:

  • certain types of books are large part gone already: books of court opinions, phonebooks, readers guide to periodical literature... Given the types of books that are out there, what will they morph or disappear into a computer service?

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Team Composition

  • Bauke Fahner
  • XinYu Jiang
  • Bas Sluijsmans
  • Sanna Tauriainen
  • Raymond de Vos
  • Research Questions

    In our research we have identified 5 different categories, namely:

    1. History (Xin Yu)
    2. Economic Perspective/Value (Raymond)
    3. General Information (Raymond/Sanna)
    4. Prospective usage of books (Bas)
    5. Law, Legislation and Stakeholders (Bauke)

    See the research questions section for the actual questions and answers.

    Driving Forces

    Based on the PEST theory







    Systems Diagram

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    Scenario 1

    Scenario 2

    Scenario 3