New idea about how to use ebooks from Dutch publishers - the Delay App, or in good Dutch – Vertragings App :
A consortium of Dutch Publishers (Querido, Uitgeverij Athenaeum, Q and Nijgh & van Ditmar) have got together and come up with a rather ingenious idea, an App that has a store of ebooks already in it, all arranged on the amount of time it would probably take you to read them, rather than any other criteria. The idea being to give you an ebook to read that will take you about the amount of time you have to wait for something to happen, a film to start, a bus to come, a longish train journey or whatever.
Thus the ebooks that are built into this App are organised in sections, one section that should take you about 5 to 10 minutes to read, the next into a group they reckon will take you 10 to 20 minutes to read, and so on……..
A nice idea I feel, and one that might well take off if properly developed.
At least one negative point though:
This first attempt in this direction suffers from an irritating drawback in my view, as I mentioned, it comes complete with a collection of ebooks already in it, but you cannot add any more ebooks, so once you have read the ebooks they build into it, you have to throw it away – as it were.
Their answer to this criticism is to announce that every quarter they will introduce a new version of this App stocked with a whole collection of different ebooks which you can then buy, and start all over again.
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