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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Ebookness (Forthcoming/Available Online)
Authors: Rowberry, Simon
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Keywords: Book history
platform studies
service infrastructure
software studies
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2015
Publisher: SAGE
Citation: Rowberry S Ebookness (Forthcoming/Available Online), Convergence.
Abstract: Since the mid-2000s, the ebook has stabilized into an ontologically distinct form, separate from PDFs and other representations of the book on the screen. The current article delineates the ebook from other emerging digital genres with recourse to the methodologies of platform studies and book history. The ebook is modelled as three concentric circles representing its technological, textual and service infrastructure innovations. This analysis reveals two distinct properties of the ebook: a simulation of the services of the book trade and an emphasis on user textual manipulation. The proposed model is tested with reference to comparative studies of several ebooks published since 2007 and defended against common claims of ebookness about other digital textual genres.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Communications, Media and Culture

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