Belonging to the "digital natives" group, I must confess that I grow very
tiresome after four or so hours of reading from even some of the best
monitor situations. Give me book, however... four hours and I'm just
D. Blake Werts
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 5:58 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Digitizing libraries
> Just to be clear, I'm not saying I'd read a book this way but ...
> Internet Explorer 7 has a screen-type enhancer feature that works very
well, at least on my generic
> Dell flatscreen 19" monitor.
> I still prefer printed words on white paper. I'm old enough to be what the
tech guys call a "digital
> immigrant" vs. today's kids who are "digital natives," so maybe they
prefer to read on-screen.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Don Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2006 2:44 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Digitizing libraries
> > On 19/12/06, Steven C. Barr(x) wrote:
> >> Okeh...for what it's worth, an idea I dreamed up as far as "digital
> >> books"...!
> >> My idea is something along these lines...
> >> "DigiBooks" would be something like text equivalents to iPods. They
> >> would be available in a few book-approximating sizes (say 6"x9" up to
> >> 8.5"x11") with larger machines offering larger type. There would be a
> >> page-sized LCD display; some models would literally be "read-only,"
> >> while the fancier ones would include a "Clipboard" (for copying
> >> selected content) and a small keyboard (for taking notes or making
> >> "annotations"). The basic files would be in the standard .pdf
> >> format... if that doesn't allow the Edit functions, the text could
> >> also be available in straight-ASCII (no illustrations) text characters
> >> for use in Find and Copy operations.
> > The problem with all ideas for digital books is the poor quality of
> > current screen displays.
> > Typical resolution is only around 110 dots per inch at best, whereas
> > computer printers are from 600 dpi upward. This makes reading long text
> > files on a screen tiring and uncomfortable.
> > When they start making 1200 dpi screens, printed books will have some
> > competition.
> >> These would be about the same size and weight as "hard copy" books...
> >> and could be read in the same locations (you couldn't take a DigiBook
> >> in the shower with you, but that also applies to paper books...!).
> >> Larger-screen models could be sold which would allow the display of
> >> two facing pages (folks read paper books both ways!). Of course,
> >> the extent to which content could be copied and privately stored
> >> (the fancier machines would have this capability, along with a
> >> hard drive) would be limited by copyright laws. Note that .pdf's
> >> can include illustrations, graphs and such...so the digital pages
> >> would look just like the originals. The .pdf filenames would also
> >> be stored with copied text or entered annotations, so a DigiBook
> >> and its augmentations would be associated by definition.
> >> DigiBooks would be sold on "flash memory" cards (just like digital
> >> photos are by their cameras) and the DigiBook "reader" would be
> >> equipped with such a slot. There would also be connections (USB
> >> ports?) so a regular desktop or laptop computer could be used if
> >> the reader preferred.
> >> Problem is, I don't have the techie know-how to build any of this...
> >> so if anyone out there in Radio-Land does, feel free to take my idea
> >> and run with it! Just give me some credit (and a little of the
> >> cash...?!)
> >> Steven C. Barr
> > Regards
> > --
> > Don Cox
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