Internet Personal Publisher
Original Publication Date: 2000-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19
This invention enables a vendor to quickly, easily and cheaply sell printed (or electronic) publications personalized to customer specifications. More specifically, this invention provides a customer access to a vendor World Wide Web site, with the ability to search a large information source (a database) for specific information based upon customer designated search criteria, customize how this specific information is to be presented (ie, order, categorized, etc.) in a printed or electronic publication, and then purchase the publication on the Web site. The advantage to the web site vendor is that the vendor has made a sale of a personalized publication and has been paid before it is physically published. This invention consists of three components. The first component (database access) is a web site interface including a search engine providing customers access to an information database such as a very large collection of jokes, magazine articles, etc. The search engine will enable customers to specify criteria to select specific jokes, articles, etc. For example, the customer might want lawyer jokes and would specify search terms such as attorney, lawyer, law, court, etc. The customer might also specify other selection criteria such as origination dates or any subject matter categorizations provided in the joke collection. The search engine would then perform the search and provide the customer with a search summary result. The resulting joke collection would be ranked according to the search criteria or, alternatively, the search engine would re-examine the joke collection for similarities in the jokes and groups these jokes together according to these similarities. For example, all lawyer jokes involving money may be in one group, jokes of lawyer encounters with judges in another group, etc. The second component (desktop publishing) would create a publication order by presenting the customer with presentation alternatives such the ability to select which jokes to publish, how the jokes would appear in the publication, and other options for customizing the publication such as specifying font type, font size, personalizing the title, substituting names in the jokes, etc. The customer would then pay for the publication and the web site would pass the publication order to a "print on demand" process for the publication of the book. The third component (print on demand) would print and bind the publication (or alternatively, would prepare the electronic publication for transmission). Afterwards, the book would be shipped to the customer( or downloaded for an electronic publication).