The paper deals with the evolution of the e-book ecosystem from three different points of view: that of the reading devices, that of the e-book content, and that of the changes in our reading habits. From the first perspective, the split between two different screen technologies, e-ink e-readers and traditional screens (such as those of tablets and smartphones), each one with its pros and cons, contributed to slow down the market; new reading devices might help to bridge the existing gap, but at the moment the new screen technologies that have been proposed are still far from being satisfactory. This has also consequences on the second perspective, since the development of innovative, augmented e-books is hardly profitable, and often simply not sustainable, in a market that is too narrow and fragmented. As a result, most of the ebooks on the market are simply digital versions of traditional printed books. Much more interesting is at the moment the third perspective: actually, the digital ecosystem has a huge impact on our reading habits even independently from the reading interface we use (paper or digital). More specifically, most readers have developed ‘augmented reading’ skills, using the web and online resources as tools to improve their reading experience.
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