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The Ideal e-Book
John Speikers
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2012 3:24 AM
Joined: 4/30/2011
Posts: 20

In 30 years, paper book may no longer be relevant.  Tomorrow's e-books will necessarily have way more options, such as support for the international character set, support for a variety of formats, including graphics.  The narrative text will have hyperlinks to definitions for "coined' words and abreviations.  The books will have an audio portion that's synchronized to variable scrolling, so that blind folks or persons infamiliar with language can follow and learn as they listen.  Wha'd'ya think?
Alexander Hollins
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2012 3:10 PM
Joined: 3/13/2011
Posts: 416

all that already exists?  not in the eink format, yet, but in terms of laptops and tablet computers.

Nevena Georgieva
Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 9:24 AM
Joined: 2/9/2012
Posts: 438

Do you think that the eBook of the future will be modeled after paper books (turning to the next page) or the experience of reading on a computer (scrolling)?
Jay Greenstein
Posted: Saturday, February 9, 2013 2:18 PM
• The narrative text will have hyperlinks to definitions for "coined' words and abreviations.

The last thing a reader wants is to have to stop to look up a word the author used. If a reader can't get it from context the author hasn't targeted their audience very well.

The act of reading a story will be drastically changed, but the one thing we cannot do with any accuracy is predict the future. I'm still waiting for the flying cars and that vacation on the moon that were supposed to arrive before 2000. On the other hand, who, in even as late as 1980, predicted that nearly everyone would carry a phone  that doubles as a computer, and game machines,alarm-clock, camera, television, etc., and also tell us, to within a few feet, where we are on the face of the planet.

And given that The Singularity is expected to arrive pretty soon, making any technology prediction is probably wildly conservative.

Michael R Hagan
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 6:13 PM
Joined: 10/14/2012
Posts: 229

Sorry... missed this discussion. I was on a single's fly drive holiday to the moon and didn't have any change with which to call from the pay phones there.
What were we discussing?



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