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Adobe Eyes Interactivity in Ebooks

Adobe just launched the Open Screen Project, an initiative designed to easily move content and applications across devices:

This initiative provides one more motivation for adopting Flash for rich media and interactivity to take eBooks beyond static paper-like experiences and make digital content more compelling to consumers … More and more, digital publications — whether downloaded or consumed online — are going to incorporate interactivity and rich media in order to deliver more value to their readers. Digital textbooks are going to integrate eLearning experiences, such as simulations and assessments. Trade books are going to incorporate value-added elements, a la DVDs, such as video interviews with authors and socially-networked play-along whodunits.

As TechCrunch notes, Google, Apple and Microsoft all have their own interests and initiatives in this burgeoning mesh/cloud/interactive space.

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  • bowerbird

    is it just me?

    or does flash cause your browser to hang too?
    -bowerbird

  • mac

    @Bowerbird: I haven’t experienced problems with it in recent years, but there were certainly issues in the past. I guess it’s just an inherent issue in a plug-in-based application, even one that’s got the near-ubiquity of Flash.