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Physical book augmented with ebook features

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235995D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 134K

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Disclosed is a system to augment a physical book with e-book features using a smart phone, tablet, or other similar touchscreen device with a camera. The user uses the device's camera to scan a page of a physical book, and then the system pairs it with the corresponding e-book version, allowing electronic features to be used on the handheld device for the physical book.

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Physical book augmented with ebook features

Electronic books (e-books) are rising in popularity; however, many people still prefer a physical book for a host of reasons. At the same time, electronic books do have advantages over physical books. Being comprised of electronic files offers many technological opportunities that are not possible with a physical book (e.g., change font sizes, perform searches, carry thousands of books in one small device, etc.)

Current solutions do not link together the electronic and physical versions of a book.

A method is needed to 'link' or 'pair' e-book files to the physical counterparts, so that the deficiencies of one format are filled by the other format, giving the user the best of both formats. Ultimately, there is a need to apply these new technological features found in e-books to a physical book.

The novel core idea is to augment a physical book with e-book features using a smart phone, tablet, or other similar touchscreen device with a camera.

This allows the real-time conversion of a physical book to an e-book. The device (e.g., smart phone) scans the current page of the physical book, processes the text, sends it to a database, determines in which e-book this text is found, downloads the corresponding e-book, and finds the user's current location based on the scanned page.

The system allows the reader to use common e-book features on a physical book via a smart phone. The reader can hold the phone over the physical book and use the camera to view the current page. The user can then tap on words/phrases on the phone to perform dictionary or Wikipedia searches or search for other appearances of that word/phrase in the book.

The reader can also use multimedia features with the physical book using a smart phone. This can include to animating printed images found on a physical page, streaming videos of the subject described in the book, playing sounds/music based on information from textbook, etc.

In addition, the system can auto-augment older physical books that do not have a corresponding e-book with hyperlinks to online videos/audio files. The older book does not need to be republished; new multimedia features are automatically paired with the book.

Initial pairing of physical book with e-book

To set up the initial link between the physical book and e-book, the user holds up a smart phone to a page of the physical book. The phone's camera displays an image of the text on the page and scans the text into the phone. The phone processes the text, sends it to a database, and determines in which e-book this text is found. If there is any ambiguity as to with which book or version of a book this should pair, the system can prompt the user with a question to answer or a list of International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN) from a selection of books that contain the scanned text. Because of


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the large amount of text that can be scanned with one picture, there should rarely be any iss...