We've had a great discussion about how we use ebooks, about how we make them, and what they may mean to us looking forward. Well, let's have a little fun imagining what e-books might become. Let's really go out on a limb with this idea and create a wish list of what we wish an e-book might do.
For example, I would really love it if e-books could start taking advantage of augmented reality in the future. You probably already know about augmented reality -- the mashup of real-world and computer generated material to build some kind of composite treatment.
In the tradition of "show don't tell", here is a google page of images of different augmented reality applications. This stuff really makes my head spin. I have all of these Hogwarts-inspired fantasies about three dimensional characters rising out of a page and talking to me. I can imagine choosing different combinations of chemicals and mixing them together and experiencing the reaction in real time. I could see a collection of hockey cards, where if you lay them out on a table, the players knock a puck back and forth. I fantasize about holding the page of a recipe, and being guided through my supermarket to buy the ingredients. I would love to see Mark Twain sitting atop my page, complete with rocking chair and pipe, and talking to me about writing Huckleberry Finn.
What about you? What would you love to see an ebook do?
By GreySmallHorse (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons