Recently, friends who are accustomed to using computer to read novels are a bit annoyed. Some free download sites have removed download links due to infringement. Xiao Wang, a colleague, is a fan of books and updates e-books online every day. He pushes his laptop with both hands and complains directly: “I'm willing to pay to read books, but where is there a new book with a complete and updated online e-book platform?”

I was different from Xiao Wang. I used to read paper books. I didn't feel much about e-books. I mainly felt that e-books were too compact and seemed too tired to open a computer and hurt my eyes. But after reading the PPT format e-book in Xiaowang's computer, I feel really good. The first is that the PPT itself is beautifully done, the fonts are fresh, the layout is comfortable, and it has little difference with the physical book. In the computer, it can also scroll by itself. In Xiaowang's computer, there is also an e-book where someone simply scans a physical book. Watching the online version of the Zhonghua Book Bureau's "Fiveteen Years of Wanli" and a few meters of comics can really be ignored. There can be no guarantee of protection between intellectual property rights and reading convenience.

This is similar to the rise of digital formats such as MP3s, and the Internet is flooded with free download links. Music fans cheer for the arrival of the free time. However, following this wave, the income of the music industry has fallen sharply, and the output of outstanding music works has shrunk. Free damage has occurred. Music also hurts people who love music. If the rise of e-books is to repeat this model, then the result is not surprising. It is the depression of the publishing industry, the decrease in the number of authors and works, who would be willing to work for free? Especially for those excellent works, the labor value of creation cannot be sustained unless it can be embodied. The e-books can be imagined to be text spam, crash literature, and patchwork documents.

If the future of e-books is like this, then we are ruining a gold mine. As the technology of handheld readers such as the Kindle and Ipad has become more mature, e-books have been fully equipped and put into battle. The world’s first Amazon online bookstore recently announced that the store’s e-book sales have exceeded the physical bookstores. In Apple's online store, e-books have become the largest sales category. The well-known penguin publishing group already has 10% of its income from e-books, and it is still growing by 300% every year. In other words, it does not take 3 years and the e-book will become the main form of overseas books.

In this e-book development trend, our pace is slow. Not only has there not been a mature online e-book sales platform yet, the popularity of handheld readers is also very low, and most e-book readers still rely on computers. In addition to the quality of e-books, the type of direct-scan uploading accounts for the majority. Better still hand-editing can be edited in the text. However, some hand-written typos and misspellings are simply horrible, or even completely uncorrected. The e-book does not actually make readers enjoy reading. In the final analysis, the source of the problem is that domestic e-books have not found a suitable profit model, the publishing house is too scattered and detrimental to electronic copyright transactions, and lacks an e-book sales platform like the Apple Store. To be small, this is a lag in the development of the e-book industry. It has been said that this will become a shortcoming in the soft power of Chinese culture.

But these problems should not allow readers to pay, readers already have to pay for eBooks to pay for e-books, and it makes no sense for readers to pay for bookstore decoration, then who will put the last digit of this book digital?