Paper isn’t going away, but work on digital substitutes continues.
The need for immediacy has been a major factor in changing publishing. The amount of people who want to publish and the number of platforms they want to publish on has increased exponentially. The good old days of desktop and paper publishing are history, as products like Adobe Digital Editions and Adobe AIR convert the old way of publishing from print to electronic. Bruce Chizen prophesies that in a period of five to fifteen years electronic publishing will basically replace print.
Adobe Digital Editions is a rich Internet application which introduced a new way to read eBooks. It is based on the new Adobe AIR, a cross-OS runtime environment which handles XHTML, Flash, and PDF content and also supports AJAX. Like it’s predecessors, Adobe AIR content and applications can be viewed in a web browser, but can also run as stand-alone applications outside of the browser. It also gives the ability to work offline.
This conversation between Tim O’Reilly and Bruce Chizen at the Tools of Change Conference 2007 is an exciting listen for anyone wanting to know more about the revolution in publishing along with Adobe’s product plans.