One of my favorite social sites is Quora. It is populated by some very smart people answering and asking questions. One of the questions that came across my path today is ‘What Features Make an Enhanced Ebook?’ Here is my answer:
There are varying shades of interpretations for ‘ebook’, ‘enhanced book’ and ‘interactive book’. Because the line is more blurry when describing the first two, I’ve come up with my own term, ‘ehanced’.
An ebook is the most basic form of a digital book. It is primarily text based. It usually, but not always, will include an illustration or photograph on the cover. It usually will allow for text reflow, variable font sizing and searchable text.
An enhanced ebook can be a hybrid of ebook and interactive book. If an ebook contains audio or video, it is enhanced. Look for more enhanced books as epub3 gains in popularity.
Interactive books are more ‘book apps’ than ebooks. They can provide many features such as A/V, read-to-me, touch, coloring and more. They are usually fixed layout formats. Children’s books are a very popular genre for interactive titles.
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