A lot can be and has been said about the transformation of the publishing world. In the last few years photographers have been given the power to self-publish through PDF based e-books and through self-publishing services such as LuLu and Blurb. In a short period of time I’ve seen numerous photographers, amateur to professional, experiment with these avenues of publication. With the announcement of the Kindle DX another step has been taken in the evolution of how readers consume content. How does this translate to the creators of photographs?
While I’m all for technological development the Kindle still strikes me as having a lot of room to grow particularly when it comes to real world use beyond text heavy books. Boasting a 16-level gray scale display it reminds me of the limitations, yet promise of the old Macintosh 512K and Macintosh Plus computers. While each product is technically sophisticated in its own right for its time, both are limited by their early stage of product development and availability of advanced components. Don’t get me wrong I know the Kindle DX and Kindle use innovative parts, but compared to what is to come it will look quite primitive. Much can be said about any product I suppose, but in this case the best is yet to come particularly with flexible OLED displays poised to become mainstream.
Would anyone in their right mind buy a photo book on a Kindle or Kindle DX today? Not likely and for that reason its highly unlikely that Amazon will be producing any photo books anytime soon. Even a B&W photo book would need a more robust display. From the availability of instructional books like The Digital Photography Book, Volume 1 (Kindle Edition) the future might be closer than you’d think. I’d imagine the display of this type of book will certainly resonate with early adopter technophiles, but for true fine art photo fans it would seem the technology has a way to go.
E-books for photographer or fine art photography fans focusing purely on the electronic display of photos still seem to be a faint glimmer in the distance, but it would be a wise decision to keep your eye open for developments on the horizon or just over it. It’s beginning to look like the pieces are coming together to make this avenue of publishing a reality leaving two questions…
- Will photographers be ready to provide e-book content?
- Will people adopt viewing fine art photography through e-books?
Question 1 would seem to be dependent on question 2. Most photographers don’t waste time and energy unless they feel there is a market for their efforts. What’s your take? Will people adopt a Kindle or Kindle-like product to view photography books or photo rich media and for that matter what about video? Given the demand existed today how does publishing your photos in the medium sit with you?
A Photo Comparison of Kindle Klassic and Kindle 2 – A Kindle World
Hands-on: Amazon Kindle DX – CrunchGear
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