The BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It doesn't need an operating system, a technical support manual, and no registration is required. It's so easy to use even a child can operate it. Just lift its cover! Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere ... 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 ....
Each BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (biodegradable and recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a 'binder', which keeps the sheets in their correct arrangement and proper order. These pages, variously sized and finished, may include iconographics or illustrations to supplement the conventional format of text mode. Some BOOKs present compound structures, authoritative resources, and even simulated dialogue in mixed media or convertible font displays. Due to the complex contents of some BOOKs, it may be necessary to use peripheral devices, such as 'introductory' or 'reference' BOOKs, to enable or enhance some erudite presentations.
Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs in half. Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in data density, due to compression glitches or miniaturization inaccuracies; so for now, BOOKs with more information simply use more pages. This makes them thicker, heavier, and harder to carry; and has drawn some criticism from the mobile computing crowd.
Each sheet is scanned optically, using the genetically improved lens-accommodated M1A1 eyeball, following a logical sequence established by grammatical convention for each language, registering information directly into the user's brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. The BOOK may be taken up at any time, and used by merely opening it. A sufficient quantity of natural or artificial light will increase optical scanning speed and comfort, but special tactile BOOKs, using interpoint punctaform displays, may be tactually scanned in total darkness. The BOOK device never crashes and never needs rebooting; although like other display modules, it can become unusable if subjected to accidental exposure, extreme abuse, or improper storage.
The 'browse' feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and quickly move forward or backward as you wish. Many BOOKs come with an 'indexing' feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any specific datum or selected information for instant retrieval by a unique method of pagination accountability. Some BOOKs further enhance their performance potential by offering endnote, footnote, or bibliographic 'links'.
Design publishers and production specialists will compete for manufacturing and distribution rights to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) encapsulated within BOOK devices, and may offer the identical material in selected versions, such as 'hardcover' and 'softcover' editions, to maximize consumer access. These production-profit ratios benefit the mass-market end-user by delimiting upgrades to durable bug-fixed revisions.
Multiple BOOKs can be maintained in a private or public Literary and Information Browsing and Retrieval Archive and Retention Yard (LIBRARY). Public access to 'shareware' BOOK collections, usually arranged by subject or interest categorization, in community LIBRARY repositories is often made without charge. Networks exist to develop, cross-reference, and maintain these LIBRARY assemblages; and some algorithm technicians (called "LIBRARYans") are specializing in BOOK management.
An optional 'BOOKmark' accessory allows you to open the 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 various interrupts or sequences. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK. These BOOKmarks may be personalized or annotated as an idiosyncratic expression.
You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus (PENCILS). Such marginalia, which is most often either a redactive augmentation or an ancillary emendation, but may also be argumentative or expository, frequently enhances the BOOK for other consultant users. Some BOOKsellers and BOOK collectors regard such marginalia or scholia as corrupting 'viruses', but the contagion is strictly limited due to the brilliant sequestration design of the BOOK device, which eliminates any firewall or immunity needs.
Portable, durable, and affordable, the BOOK is being hailed as the entertainment wave of the future. Its complementary application in school or work environments is incalculable. The BOOK's appeal seems so certain that thousands of eager content contributors and stylistic creators have enthusiastically committed to the platform. Look for a flood of new titles soon!