Gutenberg.com Releases "20 Reasons Why 2009 Will Be The Year of the Ebook"

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Diverse list of technology, popular culture, business, and investment reasons support broad expansion of ebooks into mainstream society. From new digital ink and plastic electronics technology, to letting go of the 500-year emotional attachment to books, each item in the list is described on http://www.Gutenberg.com. Authored by digital media author and pioneer Chris Andrews.

Gutenberg.com released a list of 20 reasons why 2009 will be the year of the ebook

Our hope is that this list of 20 reasons leads to a broader discussion among ebook users, authors, publishers, and the ebook industry. My goal in writing this was to make sense of this fast-moving area, so a wide variety of people could understand it. Possibly to stimulate some new ideas, and get people thinking about how they might participate.

Gutenberg.com, a central Internet resource for the emerging ebook industry and ebook users, today released a list of 20 reasons why the ebook will dramatically expand its presence in business and society in 2009. Providing a comprehensive and colorful picture of the current and future state of ebooks, the list includes diverse technology, cultural, social, and investment reasons supporting the expansion of both ebooks and ebook readers.

Ebook readers are the new mobile devices specifically designed specifically to download and display ebooks. Popular ebook readers include the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader Digital Book, and iRex iLiad.

Included in the list are technology reasons such as the advancement of a new plastic electronics industry, the use of digital ink technologies, and the fact that ebook readers use significantly less power than other mobile devices. The book is also compared CD's, DVD's, and VHS tapes, stating that the book is only a format - even though it has lasted over 500 years. Also in the list is the fact that ebooks are an instant Green technology. The challenging economy, Mr. Andrews predicts, will persuade additional companies and investors to look at the growing ebook area.

The 20-item list with explanations is written by Chris Andrews, the publisher of Gutenberg.com. Mr. Andrews has a 25-year track record of spotting, writing about, producing, and launching new digital media technologies similar to ebooks.

"When things happen these days, they happen very fast, suddenly a new technology is in our presence. That technology will be ebooks in 2009," says Chris Andrews. "Our hope is that this list of 20 reasons leads to a broader discussion among ebook users, authors, publishers, and the ebook industry. My goal in writing this was to make sense of this fast-moving area, so a wide variety of people could understand it. Possibly to stimulate some new ideas, and get people thinking about how they might participate."

Gutenberg.com is a central resource for the emerging ebook industry and ebook users. Currently containing articles about the companies and issues surrounding ebooks and ebook readers, Gutenberg.com will be expanding into a place to find ebooks and ebook resources. Other planned areas include a news section for the ebook industry, and a system for assisting ebook authors and publishers.

Chris Andrews has played an important role in the introduction and acceptance of digital media into the mainstream, in particular digital books, music, and video. He is the author of the book, 'The Education of a CD-ROM Publisher: An Insiders History of Electronic Publishing.' First published in 1993, then again in 1998 with simultaneous hardcover, softcover and ebook editions, the book is available from the publisher, Information Today. More information about Chris Andrews can be found at ChrisAndrews.com.

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