To Infinity and Beyond
Indeed, e-books have come a long way in a very short time. Bogaty says the e-book market "started around 2000. At that time, there were three companies who came out with e-books. They included Microsoft, Nouveau Media and Softbook."
The past five years have seen Microsoft remaining in the market while Gemstar/TV Guide gobbled up Nouveau Media and Softbook. The list of formats in which an e-book can be viewed, says Bogaty, includes Adobe PDF with 50,000 titles; and 15,000 to 20,000 titles in other formats such as eReader, Microsoft and MobiPocket.