Nowa­days, the ebook has a rep­u­ta­tion for tech­no­log­i­cal con­ser­vatism — so it is easy for­get that there was sig­nif­i­cant antic­i­pa­tion for the Kindle’s arrival ten years ago. In a 2009 edi­to­r­i­al, The Book­seller declared the device was “a giant leap for all”. The Kin­dle was fre­quent­ly com­pared the iPod’s trans­for­ma­tive effect on the music indus­try. No won­der — the ebook for­mat promised sev­er­al advan­tages. Users could adjust typo­graph­ic set­tings for improved acces­si­bil­i­ty; there was increased lev­el of porta­bil­i­ty; and the move dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion promised the abil­i­ty pur­chase pub­lish­ers’ exten­sive back cat­a­logues. But despite the ear­ly promise of the ebook, many ques­tion­ing whether it has lived up these expec­ta­tions. In recent years, the ebook has faced sig­nif­i­cant back­lash amid reports of declin­ing sales in trade pub­lish­ing. The Pub­lish­ing Asso­ci­a­tion Year­book 2016 not­ed a 17% slump in the sale of con­sumer ebooks while phys­i­cal rev­enue increased 8%. Over the last cou­ple of years, audio­books have replaced ebooks as dig­i­tal publishing’s crit­i­cal dar­ling on the back of a rapid increase in rev­enue. In this cli­mate, sev­er­al com­men­ta­tors have asked “ ebooks lost shine .” How­ev­er, few of them offer more than […]