Through various contacts and research on other things I ran into Nxtbook Media’s website where they “find ways to leverage traditional print material for optimized use online.” It is an interesting concept and goes into the whole debate on whether print is dead. I will speak on that at a later date, but they make arguments ranging from easy online integration to environmentally friendly.
I see where they are going with this and seems like a glorified PDF or Google Book. The interface is nice and it is neat how the pages actually flip, but I think it seems like an older crowd application who are hanging onto how they read printed pieces. It is nice to have the printed layout available but there are multiple benefits to provide a web-based layout to include related materials, links, video, interactive charts, and commenting options. In other words take advantage of all the “Web 2.0” there is some included but it is very clunky.