Rowberry S (2017) Ebookness. Convergence, 23 (3), pp. 289-305. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856515592509
Since the mid-2000s, the ebook has stabilized into an ontologically distinct form, separate from PDFs and other representations of the book on the screen. The current article delineates the ebook from other emerging digital genres with recourse to the methodologies of platform studies and book history. The ebook is modelled as three concentric circles representing its technological, textual and service infrastructure innovations. This analysis reveals two distinct properties of the ebook: a simulation of the services of the book trade and an emphasis on user textual manipulation. The proposed model is tested with reference to comparative studies of several ebooks published since 2007 and defended against common claims of ebookness about other digital textual genres.
Book history; digitalization; digitization; ebooks; platform studies; publishing; service infrastructure; software studies
Convergence: Volume 23, Issue 3