Originally Posted by QuantumIguana
It really isn't that complicated. E-books have been around for decades, they are considerably older than the Web. If people wanted to read books in their browsers, e-books would have taken off much sooner than they did. People had ample opportunity to read e-books on their computers, and decided not to.
Because massive cloud systems and cheap large file storage and the handy tablets, phones, and constant connectivity to reach them have been around for decades and people just chose not to utilize them. Because we've always had a richly formatted ebook format that was not proprietary and which could be easily read by, say, Firefox extensions.
No, no, you're right, Internet reading is a dead end. If people were going to read books on the Internet, they would have done it in the 1960s.