What exactly would come to your mind if I would speak about e-books? Would you think about pdf documents and other text documents? Most likely yes because e-books are distributed as text files nowadays. What if there was a more natural way of presentation, an e-book that would have all the features of a real book (and more). There are limitations as to what electronic books can offer to you, you can't touch the book with your hands for obvious reasons or smell it.
Everything else though is doable and that's what the Book Beta Demo is trying to demonstrate. It looks pretty much like a book on a website. Readers can flip through the pages of the book, go to a specific page and even tear pages from it. Advanced features that you wont find in any real book are demonstrated as well.
Those features include transparency effects as well as a component called live Bitmapping which makes it possible to change animations on a page.
I'm not saying that this is a perfect adaption but the demonstration does come closer to the real experience than those pdf documents. I had some troubles concentrating on the contents of the book because my eyes did seem to be attracted to the page flipping mechanism.
The reason could be because it is a new way of reading or because there was not much content to read anyway in this demonstration.
Update: The book demo is still online. Please note that you need to run Adobe Flash on your system to access the demo page and work your way through it.
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