By Edward Nawotka
Today’s lead story discusses Romanian Alexandru Brie’s attempt to bring stand alone iPhone/iPad apps to the masses via his TouchBookReader platform.
As e-books have developed and gained acceptance, there have been two distinct steams of books landing on people’s phones: books packaged as individual apps and e-book reading platforms (such as Kindle, Nook, et al.) that allow you to purchase multiple books on multiple devices within a specific framework.
In light of the increasing flexibility and pervasiveness of the platforms, do standalone apps have much of a future? Perhaps standalone apps are better suited to particular types of books — cookbooks or guidebooks, for example, where you might just want access to a set of practical information in fewer clicks? Perhaps they’re easier to bring to market and update because they involve fewer middlemen? Or more difficult, because of their complexity? What are the advantages/disadvantages? Do you have a preference for either format?
Let us know what you think in the comments.