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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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