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Nano Book

Download a book onto paper-like pages!
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The main problem with e-books is that you have to read them on the computer or other PalmPilot like device. Many people get turned off by that, because nothing beats flipping paper pages and being able to read in pretty much any light conditions(try reading off a portable screen on a sunny beach!).

Hence the idea of a nanotechnology book, that in the beginning has blank page. When you choose the book you wish online you'd transfer the content into the book's memory which is a micro circut found in the book's spine. The pages wouldn't be actual paper, they'd be made out of something more durable that would nonetheless have a paper feel. They would be covered with nanopixels, which are simply nanorobots being able to change colors. Once the book is in the memory the circut sends information to the pages that "print" the book out. They would be resuable obviously.

The advantage of this technology would be that you wouldn't need to waist paper, but more importantly production costs would go down big time, and lesser known people could reach a much bigger crowd. Amateur writters would find their public more easily. I leave you to imagine all the other upsides of a revolution.

Imagine all the possibilities and the evolution of such a technology. You could have hundreds of books in the same physical book. Take your whole library on holiday. Read interesting independant magazines, that wouldn't otherwise see the day due to financial reasons. What would happen probably is that people would agree on a few book standards, having certain dimentions. Novels wouldn't be in the same format as let's say magazines. Magazines would loose their present format, at least until the technology becomes a bit more advanced, since I presume tha pixels would only be black or white at the begining, allowing only for low res b/w pictures. When I meant magazines I wasn't talking about Vogue, but more informative ones, less esthetics more content.

I know this technology is nowhere near that today. Though there is certain potential in let's say 20 year at the most.

Ptah, Aug 11 2002

Related hb idea http://www.halfbake...0on_20smart_20paper
[beauxeault, Aug 11 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       Exactly like the link!! Damn, I feel like someone read my idea and developped it while I was preparing lunch:)
Ptah, Aug 11 2002

       Or a bookmark for Google.com's "Advanced Search".
DrCurry, Aug 11 2002

       Thank you for the welcome. How the heck do you find such things... I mean I'm not a newbie at net research. Nevertheless I did try to find something like that, but failed... How did you do it?
Ptah, Aug 11 2002

       how to find such things:   

       First and foremost: Search it through google. Use multiple aliases that the product could go by. (i.e., technobook, digital book, digibook). Then go to sites devoted to whatever field--in this case, consumer electronics--and search. Lastly, type the idea as a URL. You wouldn't believe _how_ many times this has helped me out. :) Thanks, and welcome,
watermelancholy, Aug 11 2002

       OMG! that is such a good idea!!!!!
sailormoonfan, Jan 25 2003

       Conventional e-ink screens work pretty well in well-lit conditions, actually. They're hard, un-paper-like, and breakable, but they're quite geek friendly.
kevinthenerd, Oct 06 2012

       Ptah never did post more than 2 ideas here.
Phrontistery, Oct 06 2012


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