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System and Method for Electronic Book (ebook) Personalization based on Real Life Social Network Replacements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239198D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a system and method for personalizing electronic books based on a user's social network and the relationship between characters and the user's real life relationships.

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System and Method for Electronic Book (ebook) Personalization based on Real Life Social Network Replacements

The novel contribution allows users to automatically personalize electronic books (ebooks) based on an associated social network.

The idea of substituting names in an electronic book is not a new concept. However, no current art substitutes names based on a user's social network or real life relationships between individuals, as well as the relationships and characteristics of the book's characters.

Disclosed are a system and method for personalizing electronic books based on a user's social network and the relationship between characters and the user's real life relationships.

To utilize this invention in a preferred embodiment:

1. Authors and/or publishers add metadata with electronic books describing aspects of the characters such as (but not limited to): gender, relationship to other characters, age, ethnicity, characteristics (e.g., eye color, hair color, personality traits, height, weight, etc.)

If meta-data is not provided by if authors/publishers do not provide metadata, then the system can gather the information could be gathered through mechanisms such as:

• Previous readers
• Database of mappings between name types (e.g., ex. Name A is male, Name B is female, etc.)


• Word/context surrounding characters (e.g., "Name A enjoyed watching the game. She was excited when her team scored". Name A is typically a male name but because of the use of the pronoun, she, it can be determined that the Name B character is a female.)


2. The user grants the system access to the associated social network


3. The system performs a lookup for best matches of character data from Step 1

with available individuals from the social network from Step 2

A. If no match is found, then i. the book character is not replaced ii.the user is prompted to choose a friend with which to replace the charac...