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Old 06-26-2020, 11:11 AM   #16
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I stream video onto my phone every day of my life. For reasons I do not understand Kindle and Google Playbooks reader do NOT support streaming video yet.
A Kindle e-reader is an e-ink device, Greyscale, and not capable of supporting video. They aren't tablet devices. A backlit LCD tablet and an e-ink reader are two completely different technologies.

A user who needs or wants video needs to use the proper tool...a smart phone, tablet, or computer. Wanting an e-ink device to support video shows a lack of understanding of the 2 different screen technologies.

Adding...there have been Kindle books with embedded video since at least 2010. You need a smart phone or tablet to take advantage of the feature.

Here is an example: https://www.amazon.com/Habits-Highly...3184616&sr=1-1

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Old 06-26-2020, 11:13 AM   #17
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What you propose is not an eBook. It's more of an app.
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Old 06-26-2020, 12:21 PM   #18
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In Reading App Builder you can combine videos with text in "book as app" format.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG8OTmnTazo
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Old 06-26-2020, 04:07 PM   #19
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Good point. Yes. Reflowable. I hate PDF. When it's flipbooks I kill the tab and find some other way.
pdurrant is right. PDF is the entire kitchen sink you want. And if you create a Tagged PDF, you can even handle the "reflowable" part of it too.

But no PDF Reader supports many of those "enhancements" besides Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Video on your phone, inside epub3, is coming at you. I see that locomotive at the end of the tunnel. Coming at us fastly.
lol. That video/audio in ebooks "tidal wave" has been coming for 10+ years, and it's been an enormous failure.

Reality is: Nobody is purchasing it.

See 2016:
Kindle in Motion "was going to revolutionize ebooks".....

Only 28 books trickled out over the years, and then it dropped completely off the radar. Last one ever released was 2018.

Same story again, and again, and again throughout the years:

You could go even further back, to the 1990s:

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Old 06-27-2020, 06:06 AM   #20
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I suspect that pittendrigh is right that an audio/visual enabled ebook format will be useful for non-fiction books.

With tablets, perhaps the time has come.

The question is whether there's a big enough market to justify the investment.
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Old 06-27-2020, 06:16 PM   #21
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I suspect that pittendrigh is right that an audio/visual enabled ebook format will be useful for non-fiction books.
From what I could gather, much of the EPUB3 audio/video push was from Education publishers.

Think college/highschool textbooks.

And the only store+reader that really supports those types of EPUB3 is iBooks.

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The question is whether there's a big enough market to justify the investment.
For the little guy, probably not.

On the production side:

Creating those ebooks properly is... exponentially more expensive.

You also have extremely large filesizes, since you must embed all audio/video within the EPUB. (Customers are also no fans of this, especially on devices with barely any storage [like phones/tablets].)

This also raises the "delivery fees" through the roof, which causes expensive minimal pricetags.

On the selling side:

These more complex books are usually only enabled for "the big publishers" (see audio/video on Amazon). Self-publishers + small publishers don't get access to the same upload tools, and there's no way to specify: "This book can only be sold to tablets".

... and then you have the enormous customer support issues too.

If you try to venture away from the big-name stores (Amazon, Kobo, B&N, Apple, [...]), that customer support is falling on you, and it is crippling.

* * *

Even the enormous Education publishers have mostly given up on that too. See O'Reilly with "Safari Books Online" closing in 2017:

... and, of course, trying to shift to the "subscription model" instead.

* * *

Anyway, here was yet another The Digital Reader article I found as I was digging through other information:

Yet another reinvention/revolution...

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