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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Jul 29, 2021
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Though Ebooks have gained popularity over the years, it still has a long way to go to becoming the preferred media when it comes to literature. One of the main complaints about electronic reading devices among readers has always been the fact that it simply doesn't feel like you're reading a real book.

There have been a couple of ideas to solve this problem. Most Ebooks now include virtual pages that can be flipped through, much like real pages. Kaist has developed a prototype that I believe has been adopted in some ways already, but it obviously has not completely remedied the issue.

My idea is to incorporate actual, physical pages into electronic reading.

The most obvious solution would be to create an E-reader with multiple pages, like a real book, that can be flipped through, the problem with this is cost and size. To keep power usage at a minimum and prevent uncomfortable reading caused by glare or strain on the eyes due to artificial lights, most E-theonthe readersreaders do not make use of screens, but rather use E-paper which is costly and bulky

There are a number of other ways to approach this idea:
  1. By using similar technology to that developed by Mobile Art Lab an electronic reading device can be placed inside a special book, you would still read on the device, but turning the pages of the physical book would do the same on the device. It would look similar to their phone book but instead of just having a frame, it would contain multiple pages that could be flipped.
2. By attaching a single transparent page to an E-reader, which could be flipped, acting as a lever, flipping the virtual page as well. The act of flipping the page and then returning it to its original position would feel unnatural though, and I don't think it would simulate a real book enough.
3. My personal favourite, attaching a number of transparent pages on top of an E-book that can be flipped through while still seeing the screen underneath, the movement of the pages would be replicated by the reader, allowing you to flip through actual pages while reading electronically. When the "book" is closed the reader would mark your position, returning you to that page when you open the book again, this means your last page of your previous reading session would now be your first, in this way, you wouldn't need to have hundreds of transparent pages above the screen, as you would be reusing the pages every time after you've closed the book. To make the product even more natural, the transparent pages could be contained within two Ebook panels, which means you would open it like an actual book and be faced with two pages while reading, this would also mean that your transparent pages would last twice as long before you'd have to start over with them.

I think these adaptations could go a long way to making Ebooks feel more natural and real while still allowing you to keep an entire library in a single device.


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Augmented reality adaptations can be used to solve this problem too

Samuel Bello
Samuel Bello Jul 29, 2021
The reader can use a physical book of any size as a sample. When he opens the book the AR replaces the pages of the ebook. He can even take notes more neatly and search the meaning of words with ease.
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Fighting the current and a possible solution

jnikola Jul 29, 2021
Hi Spook! The idea is nice because eBooks are still experiencing quite a resistance from readers around the world. There are just a few things I would like to point out.

EBooks are not just technological advancements that give you an unnatural feeling of reading. They have many advantages compared to books. Besides having a whole world's library in the palm of your hand, a tracker that keeps a record of all the books you read, the possibility to adapt the brightness, font, and size of the text, an integrated dictionary, and note-taking add-ons, the ebooks are thin, small and have no paper that can be folded or torn. That's actually what makes them cool and what makes the distinction between the "eBookers" and "conventional bookers". Trying to implement the papers that you can flip or the smell of the paper (that also makes the conventional book reading enjoyable) into an ebook would be like fighting the current, going one step backward.

Possible solution - two screens
A thing that could bring some of the people that still enjoy the conventionalbooks to the "ebook side" could be to make ebooks from two thin screens jointed together. That way, ebooks could have two screens, which means more text and easier readability (especially if you use the largest font and there is only 3 sentences on the screen; constant scrolling can be tiring) and the real book lovers could enjoy the opening, holding and two-screen reading. Also, that would protect the screen from damaging or dust.
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