Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 219–235 | Cite as

Electronic Books: How Digital Devices and Supplementary New Technologies are Changing the Face of the Publishing Industry

  • Erin CarreiroEmail author


This paper explores the topic of electronic books (e-books) and the effect that these digital devices and other new technologies has on the publishing industry. Contemporary society often claims that the publishing industry is dying and that the innovation of the e-book will eventually sentence the printed book to death. But this study will show that such is not the case. While it is true that the world is undergoing a digital revolution, publishers today have not been left in the dust, because these firms have embraced electronic publishing (e-publishing). The invention of e-books opens a world of opportunities and since the e-book market is still in its growth stage, there is much work left to be done. As with any new venture, the industry faces certain challenges, such as piracy, but with tools like encryption, digital asset management (DAM), digital rights management (DRM), and digital object identifiers (DOI), publishers are well on the way to a solution. While it is safe to say that the digital revolution has forever changed the face of publishing, e-books could actually revitalize the industry. No one knows what the future of e-publishing will hold, but developments affect publishing houses, authors, and consumers alike. And while the ultimate fate of the printed book is yet unknown, for now, it is here to stay.


Electronic books e-Reader devices Electronic publishing Publishing industry Digital asset management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Quinnipiac UniversityNorth HavenUSA

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