As enthusiasts of photobooks we know that there's a huge desire to produce, own and collect them. Where does that leave the digital photobook? How can it attract artists and readers? Below are three examples of work that take advantage of the medium. Of course these categories can be, and are combined.
The simple fact is: With the screen we can do things we can't do on paper, and that's something we should be excited about. It could be video, animations, interaction, distribution, updates, etc... you name it! To me, this is the most exciting category, because it makes creative use of the medium.
Examples: CCcell by Taiji Matsue and Via PanAm by Kadir Van Lohuizen
The Archive or Coffee Table Book
There's really no limit to how many images we can put in a digital book. Projects that would be too expensive to publish in book form, or would have to end up as huge and heavy coffee table books, can instead end up as handy and easily navigated digital books.
Examples: Everyday by Byron Wolfe and Personal Best by Elliott Erwitt
The Existing Photobook
Many digital photobooks already exist in physical form. The most exciting ones are often the ones that are based on books that are out-of-print. Publishing expensive and rare out-of-print books in digital form is a great way of making the work accessible to a wider audience.
Examples: Invisible City by Ken Schles and Sugimoto 1988 by Hiroshi Sugimoto