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Future of digital content: reader study

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Contents
Introduction
 
Topics from round one
Delivery
IPR
User control of content
Content creation tools
Usability
Business models
Market aspects
Mobile
XML
Round 2 voting results
Strength of views
Balance
Table of votes
Topic views after round 2
Delivery
IPR
User control of content
Content creation tools
Usability
Business models
Market aspects
Mobile and XML
Other topics
Conclusions
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Conclusions

The results above are entirely based on the input of the respondents. El.pub is a service about RTD in electronic publishing and this is reflected in the results of the survey that seem overall to be more focussed on publishing issues than on other digital content types.

The important points are perhaps the pessimistic view on solving current IPR problems in the near future and the relative prominence given to user control of content.

The attitude to IPR reflects the current apparently entrenched views of the rival camps who show little sign of listening to each other and, at least in the US, are resorting to the promotion of legislative solutions. Respondents apparently believe that this situation will continue for some time before, perhaps, some softening of attitudes and commercial pressures force some intermediate solution or a shift to some new approach.

Results on mobile content services, XML, delivery and usability are in line with commonly held views expressed in published analyses. The uncertainty on business models and market aspects also reflects the more general economic climate in the aftermath of the dot.com collapse and other financial worries.

The wide-ranging ideas on the form, benefits and attitudes to user control demonstrate how far we have yet to go in developing online content models. People in the digital content field are continually coming up with new ideas and directions for development. Many different ways were suggested that users might interact with fluid content and content frameworks. This interaction may generate new content without the user directly setting out to create such content. The topic opens a new subject for discussion and development. We shall endeavour to cover the subject in more detail in a later Analytic.

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