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Format and Physical Representation for E-Books

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246488D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-13
Document File: 4 page(s) / 267K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a format and physical representation for E-books based on the classical book format. This format allows E-book exhibition and storage (e.g., on shelves) and provides a mechanism for instant access to the digital counterpart.

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Format and Physical Representation for E

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Electronic books (E-books) provide users advantages and benefits such as portability, commercialization, and text searching capabilities; however, E-books do not allow users or merchants to display books on shelves. Sellers cannot exhibit E-books in a physical shop and readers cannot store E-books on shelves or other furnishings.

Humans have difficulty establishing affective and emotional attachment with digital content because it lacks a physical , tangible, representation. According to human instincts and non-rational perceptions, an object does not truly exist without a physical perception or representation. This hinders users' large-scale adoption of the E-book format.

Currently, the only representation available is an E-book card, similar to a greeting card, but this format is not adequate for shelf-exhibition.

A physical representation for the E-books is indispensable for people to finally adopt the E-book format.

Disclosed is a format and physical representation for E-books based on the classical book format. This format allows E-book exhibition and storage (e.g., on shelves) and provides a mechanism for instant access to the digital counterpart. The main components of this format are a spine (as classic books have), which allows a user to identify the E-book's physical representation, and a mechanism that links the physical representation with the digital content.

The format of an E-book physical representation consists of a solid object, made of some material (e.g., wood, plastic, etc.). This object mimics a book a...