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ALthough I am not a parent, I am a lover of children's literature. In a world of techno gadgets (laptops, mp3s, twitter), it has finally come to this; this summer someone published a book for children explaining what a book is. The title: It's a Book. The author: Lane Smith.

A book does not have wi-fi, a a mouse or volume control. It does not blog, charge, scroll or have a password. It contains (preloaded) pictures and full words/sentences that tell story. I am torn between how to feel about this book about a book and what it can (or cannot) do.

On the one hand, I found it to be an endearing book with simple text and a nice break from plots that are repeated too often (classics, fairy tales, etc) and those dry informational books (DK books, encyclopedias). On the other hand, I find it somewhat disturbing that the author thought that there were some many multimedia devices out there that books may go the way of the dinosaur.

What do you think of this book? You don't have to borrow it from the library or visit a bookstore. See the abbreviated video (a video about a book on non-electronic books): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4BK_2VULCU and comment below.

For those of you who do read it, isn't the ending great?

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Comment by Kathryn R. Fallon on March 22, 2021 at 4:30pm

It's interesting and many people may like it, but personally, I prefer classic books. Personally, my favorite is the book "The Crucible". Quite a cool book with an interesting plot, which interestingly covers the issue of reputation. You can read a little more about it at https://papersowl.com/examples/reputation-in-the-crucible/ and I'm sure you'll be interested and you will want to read it too. Books are classics that will always be popular.

Comment by Claire (Flying Penguin) on January 9, 2011 at 12:32am
@gumbo123: Hmm what website is this from?

Comment by Gumbo123 on January 4, 2011 at 3:30pm

Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge – Y2K Compliant


Introducing the new Y2K compliant Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade-named – BOOK.   


BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on.  It’s so easy to use even a child can operate it.  Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere – at the office, on the beach, even sitting in an armchair by the fire – yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc. 


Here’s how it works: BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information.  The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device known as a binder that keeps the sheets in the correct sequence. 


Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows the manufacturer to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs.  Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density.  For now, three methods are in common use:

1.      BOOKS with more information most frequently use more pages

2.      A smaller print or font may be used to increase the data contained on individual pages

3.      Some users prefer a larger page application to maximize font size and enhance reading ability


Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain.  A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.  BOOK may be taken up at any time and used merely by opening it.  BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, though, like other devices, it can become damaged if coffee is spilled on it and it becomes unusable if dropped repeatedly on a hard surface.  The “browse” feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish.  Many come with an “index” feature, which pinpoints the exact location of selected information for instant retrieval.


An optional “BOOKmark” accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session – even if the BOOK has been closed.  BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.  Conversely, numerous BOOKmarkers can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store multiple views at once.  The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.


You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with optional programming tools, known in the trade as Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Styli (PENCILS).


Portable, durable and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a new entertainment wave.  BOOK’s appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking to invest.  Look for a flood of new titles soon.

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