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the future of books??

Postby makaush » Thu Feb 05, 2004 7:44 am

hey all :D

there has been a lot of clamor over the future of writing and the production of paper based books. i personally prefer reading from off the screen , i have a pretty huge p2p ebook collection , but i think ethically the paper based book is an outstanding experience in this era of computational shrinkage (im only differently quoting ..moores law). i mean portable lcd based books with no pages to turn (they even feel like real books,textured likewise) are already here and are being experimented with by the suparich. the media lab at MIT is already experimenting with ideas for devices which emanate particular olfactory stimulants which imitate real smells, maybe they could incorporate such a device into an lcd book to make it smell like an old book or maybe a pine scent? they could even make antiworm software for these lcd books to clean up any "worms"(can be called bookworms !!!...lol).

the book or not the book?????
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Postby benissimus » Thu Feb 05, 2004 8:34 am

I really can't stand E-books. I have to be able to flip the pages and not just click a button or drag a scroll bar. That's interesting with the smells though... I wonder what implications that might have for other internet industries... :?
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Postby makaush » Thu Feb 05, 2004 9:12 am

benissimus wrote:... I wonder what implications that might have for other internet industries... :?



other industries need not only be internet based. company catalogs of industries making perfumes or soap manufacturers and maybe even certain food products?? can find digital smells useful for retaining customers worldwide! theres even some talk goin on in the lobbies of MIT that a digital taste device maybe just on it's way. the MIT touch lab already boasts of a digital real feel cross continental handshake.
http://touchlab.mit.edu/

the combinatorial contraption is what's gunna make some news!!
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Postby Lex » Thu Feb 05, 2004 2:50 pm

Until they come up with a display technology that isn't so hard on the eyes, and is easily read at any angle, unlike some LCD displays, books aren't going anywhere. Besides, I think that the smarter publishers don't want to go the way of the music industry. I think they will stick with the analog technology for as long as possible.
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Postby ingrid70 » Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:06 pm

I hope it will be a long time before real books are gone.

Imagine:
*our 'library', the room where we keep all our books, would be empty;
*you wouldn't be able to peek into other people's bookcases, which gives such a good impression of what kind of people they are;
*snuggling up in bed with a computer;
*the kids would have to select their bedtime story from the computer;
*babies gnawing on a computer instead of on their cardboard books;

Nope, I don't see it happening yet :).

Although...
*I do have a cd-rom somewhere with 200 'greatest classical books';
*you can lend out a 'book' without worrying about getting it back;
*we do have network access points in our bedroom (and in the kids' bedroom too)
*the kids listen to stories on the bbc/cbeebies site regularly already
*with their way of running from the table to the computer before washing their hands, the mouse of the kids' computer regularly acquires a sugar coating that would delight any baby.

So maybe...

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Postby Keesa » Thu Feb 05, 2004 11:52 pm

Call me old-fashioned, but in spite of the advantages of ebooks, I hope I'm a thousand years dead before real books are gone. Don't get me wrong; I've read ebooks that I never could have afforded in print. I like ebooks. I just like them in addition to real books, rather than instead of.
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Postby makaush » Fri Feb 06, 2004 5:31 am

may the brave new world be a nearer reality !!
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