Apparently Amazon learned from the Macmillan PR disaster that yanking books from their site isn’t the way to go, now instead they are cutting prices drastically on hardcovers to pressure publishers into agreeing to THEIR ebook pricing structure. Poor Penguin! Really, I like shopping at Amazon, but this is below the belt Amazon, below the belt.
I am very excited about DynamicBooks! Not only are they a cheaper option for students and a customized option for professors, but they are also interactive in a way that hasn’t been seen in hundreds of years.
For me it is a return to a different style of learning—a move back to a time when books were built to be unique and no two books were meant to be the same. Readers were expected to interact with those books not by silently reading and accepting, but by writing in their margins, cutting out and pasting in pictures and other bits of text and information as they pleased. We call these books medieval manuscripts.