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Rick Sapir
I think ebooks are fantastic. Delivering technical docs in ebook format provides immense potential that simply isn't possible with "traditional" books.

With ebooks (and other electronic formats) you embed movies, audio, slideshows, and other multi-media items. I've seen enhanced ebooks with Flash-based tutorials embedded directly within a "page." In my mind, ebooks are a replacement/alternative for *online* content (since it is self-contained, you don’t necessarily need a live internet connection) -- as opposed to printed material.

It is important to remember, too, that ebooks are not limited to stand-alone readers (Nook, Kindle, etc.). You can quite easily access an ebook on your PC. This makes it *much* more portable than traditional Help files (ever try reading HTML-based help on your Kindle?).

As to your original question of "what does STC say about docs in ebook format"... the answer is apparently "not much" .... See http://stc.org/component/search/?searchword=ebook&ordering=&searchphrase=all :(
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:26
 
Michael Harvey
I agree it's a broad question. Twenty years ago, you might have asked "what does STC say about docs in PDF?" :-) As I said, I got the question from a colleague. If someone asked *me* about doc on eBooks, I would respond with a different set of questions. What content needs to be delivered to what audience under what circumstances? When would someone use an eBook *instead* of a book, and why? Is it reasonable to expect an eBook and a "book" to deliver content with identical organization, illustration, detail, etc.? I would be very interested in other folks' thoughts about this.
Monday, 13 June 2011 10:11
 
Rick Sapir
Very broad question...

There was an earlier discussion about user adoption with regards to ebooks:
http://stc.org/mystc/groups/viewdiscussion/110-user+adoption+of+eBook+documentation?groupid=205

Wednesday, 08 June 2011 17:44
 
Elna Tymes
Given that most tech docs these days are headed for electronic media, it makes sense that some of them are destined to be used on the eBook platform. Right now I see more adults using something like the tablet, as opposed to an eBook reader, to read technical material simply because in their work lives they need more than the ability to read docs on a portable environment. (Has anyone tried - and succeeded - in reading technical material on a cell phone without going crosseyed in the process?)

Tuesday, 07 June 2011 15:47