For the past two days, the IDPF have been holding a conference entitled ‘Digital Book 2009’ in New York. As you would expect, the event has been accompanied by some live tweeting from the conference itself….and some interesting tweets they were too. Amongst some of the more interesting tweets is news that Sony are working on a wireless reading device. This could be a very interesting development, particularly considering the delay in the release of the Kindle over here (we haven’t even got v1.0 and the US media is already talking about v3.0!!). Should Sony get this out quick, it will pretty much own a sizeable chunk of the UK market and make it very difficult for Amazon’s Kindle to compete.
Another interesting revelation was the impact that ebooks have had in public libraries. A representative from Brooklyn public library has revealed that ebooks have overtaken audio books in terms of issues. This underlines that despite the common view that ebooks are a threat and not an opportunity, ebooks in libraries have proved to be a popular alternative to other formats. It certainly doesn’t appear to suggest that ebooks will be the library killer that some people would lead you to believe.
There have been many other interesting developments (like Acrobat export from PDF to the EPUB format) and there are sure to be more to come. Meanwhile, you can follow the event itself via the Twitter hashtag #idpf09 either on Twitter itself or on the quite wonderful Twitterfall.