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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Monday, June 18, 2007

    If it DOESN'T work, invent it again

    if:book picked this up first, but seemed more impressed with the use of Google SketchUp than the proposal! Somebody called 'ebookreader' has posted a video clip on YouTube which is described as:
    This is a design proposal for an ebook reader based on the iPod and iTunes. What has been overlooked? Is e-ink really necessary, or could the screens be LCD (and therefore colour)? Could this design also work for other portable media players (Creative, Zune, etc)? I believe this will be the next big project for Apple...indeed what's left?...and I wonder whether YouTube viewers can in fact influence the development of the product.
    'Apple ebook reader for iPod - any suggestions?' is well worth a look... and I hope Steve Jobs is looking too! The concept is simple - you take something that everybody has (well, quite a lot of people) and build an add-on around it that allows its storage another outlet: a 2-page e-ink screen (colour e-ink is coming soon) that opens like a book and houses the iPod neatly in the back. Thus neatly bringing music, pictures and books all together - no need to carry so many devices and chargers. Better yet, the iPhone could slot into the back as an alternative.

    Heads up, Apple! Someone is doing your designing for you!

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