Some of the next steps for the eBook industry is to get more social so that user interactions while reading an ebook (whether on an ereader device or on any other device) grow and make the entire experience more valuable/productive.
The ability to annotate, highlight and share your thoughts with other users have been somewhat limited with the eink devices. “With the latest versions of Stanza for the iPhone readers can highlight, annotate and share their via email, facebook or twitter, their thoughts about the book they are currently reading.
Barnes&Noble’s Nook has this great feature where users can lend the ebook they are/were reading (although once the ebook is lent for the timeframe it is with the other user the lender will not be able to read the book)
Recently announced eBook reading platforms: Blio and Copia are also doing interesting stuff around the ebook software/platform to make it more social/interactive and increase user engagement. “Blio aims to deliver interactivity by allowing readers to insert text, drawing, voice, image or video notes directly into your content. These can be saved, and can be exported to create lists or study materials”.
Copia on the other hand has built an entire platform around Goodreads-”social networking around eBooks” They aim to integrate the social networking sites within the device itself. With this sort of integration one can check which books their friends are buying, what do they think about the book, which book is a hit and which is not, recommendations(am assuming this would be pretty much like the Amazon recommendation model) etc. Moreover Copia claims that you can loop in your existing social networks…I think that will be simply awesome.