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Soon books will be utterly extinct. People used books in
the past as a signalling artefact. And occasionally to
And occasionally to finish one or two of them. With the
new Amazon Kindhole that was released in recent weeks,
and the established iPad, which cant be easily viewed in
sunlight (so dont take it out on that day), and the
forthcoming flood of ChromeOS powered tablet
(probably not starting their commercial lives running
ChromeOS), theres nothing and no way to posture and
display what youre ploughing through.
I propose, in order to circumvent this calamitous
a dedicated projector in the home that projects a
impressive collection of books onto a blank wall. Several
these may be used, dotted around the room, or even in
other rooms, to portray the desired impression. A dial
could be deployed by the user, marked pretentiousness
and ludicrousness (theyd act like X and Y axes).
(?) For [2_fries]
Why limit yourself to visual fakery? [mouseposture, Oct 02 2010]
[xandram, Oct 04 2010]
||This is, unfortunately, a good idea. [+]
||The iPad already has a virtual bookcase for ebooks. If you
projected that, you'd actually be showing off what you've
read. Not that you'd want to.
||It's gotta have that old book smell. Without old book smell it's just so...two dimensional.
||[2_fries] Here you go: <link>
I should probably refrain from posting that now.
||This implies that you not only socialise in person, but
also invite people to your house. Most people have
networks for that sort of thing and, as such, apps to
display what iRead.
||The idea and my comment also apply to music and
||The projection should also show books occasionally disappearing as publishers delete them off your eBook device without your knowledge, and a massive padlock overlaid on the whole thing, to symbolise your inability to lend books to your friends or to resell them or give them to charity shops, like you can with real books.
||I like having a bookcase in the house - and one man's posturing is another man's embarrassment. I enjoyed reading all those Asimov books, and there's more than one Dean Koontz in there too, but I don't necessarily want visitors to think these (or any others) in any way define who I am. So you takes the rough with the smooth, and forget about trying to show off and accept that while some people may find some of your books of interest, others will titter quietly as soon as they're out the door, but the large majority of them probably couldn't care less.
||Having said that, this isn't just for showing off (is it?) it's about having an analogous bookshelf display unit for people who read internet books - (an idea I still don't get - internet is for internet and reading quick stuff - books are soft and packable and non-breakable and foldable, and you can put receipts in them, or carry a brochure around in them, or use them to kill insects - why would anyone even think that a plastic, non-flexible case that ties you in to a digital facsimile of the real thing, at 100 times the price, would be a good idea? Books are open source, anyone can write one, and anyone can read one that they find lying around - all the eReaders are just rubbish browsers for people who've never heard of Project Gutenburg - although I notice that they're now catering for the eReader model rather than general file/browser) Rant over for now. But the book is not dead, not now, and probably not for a very long time yet.
||I like this, [Ian]. Could you have different titles showing based on the guests you were entertaining? For instance, if you were entertaining rednecks and hillbillies, you might show the yellow and orange "Idiot's Guide" and "[XXX] For Dummies" books. For doctors, you might show rows and rows of rare medical texts. If you were entertaining lawyers, you might have... oh, nevermind. Lawyers don't have friends. Bun. [+]
||Yes, of course the pretentiousness and
ludicrousness dial adjusts this. The pretentiousness axis governs how high youd like
people to think your brow is, and the ludicrousness axis juxtaposes books that, at one
extreme, youd expect to go together, and at the
other extreme (are both ends of the extremeness
continuum still regarded as extremes?) the
juxtapositions would be highly unlikely and
surprising, even, well, ludicrous.
||Finally I can get that $1400 Zelazny first edition I've always wanted.