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Explaining the history of jazz sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it. Trying to encapsulate the birth, cultivation, and evolution of a style of music isn’t a task to be taken lightly.

It’s far from a linear story, there are many characters, subplots, and pivotal moments to consider. What medium could accomplish such a feat?

Certainly it could be the inspiration for a documentary, or even a mini series. No doubt a wealth of books have been written on the subject. And the naturalness of an album or compilation series would be hard to deny. But by my estimation, none of these options by themselves are enough. To do this history justice, some conglomeration of them all would be needed.

Enter the iPad. And along with it, The History of Jazz from 955 Dreams.

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The electronic book. Fantasized about for decades by sci-fi authors and readers alike, yet one of the last analog mediums to enter the digital realm. Why is that?

What is it about a book that makes it so difficult to translate the experience into a digital medium?

I think it has to do with the way we define a book, and how broad that definition really is. The problem is that we’re looking for one solution to the digital book problem, one answer that packages our bookshelves into bits and bytes. The ePUB standard has been proposed as that answer. But it isn’t the complete answer, and I’m not sure it ever can be.

The things we today call books have fundamental differences that can’t be reconciled by any one standard that’s currently been proposed. Why is that? What’s missing? And how can we fix it?

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