"It's so small."
"But it has eighteen hundred pages. You press the edge - thus, and so.. and the charge moves ahead one page at a time as you read. Never touch the actual pages with your fingers. The filament tissue is too delicate". He closed the book, handed it to Paul. "Try it."
I don't really have anything meaningful to contribute, this just so very much put me in mind of Dr. Yueh's gift to Paul Atreides at the beginning of Dune. A kind of retro-futurism, where the imagination can't conceive entire new forms of things, and so just tries its best to figure out what a faster horse looks like (granted, in this particular instance, there are other reasons). I wonder what books for a creature with three arms would look like.
It really is a fantastic series. The first book is amazing and stands on its own, but it really is rewarding to read the entire series (that Frank Herbert wrote, not the new crap his son puts out).
Perhaps the point was, the book aesthetic was important to the character.
> I wonder what books for a creature with three arms would look like.
Indeed, the book was probably designed for space travel, i.e. usable outside human limits. Perhaps, given the proper circumstances, the book would propel itself through the vacuum of space by way of induced charge ..
In the later books, shigawire is also mentioned as a data storage method, so I don't think it was a lack of imagination.
“It’s certainly pre-Empire,” said Seldon, “but not entirely so. Have you ever seen a print-book?”
“Considering that I’m a historian? Of course, Hari.”
“Ah, but like this one?”
He handed over the Book and Dors, smiling, opened it–then turned to another page–then flipped the pages. “Its blank,” she said.
“It appears to be blank. The Mycogenians are stubbornly primitivistic, but not entirely so. They will keep to the essence of the primitive, but have no objection to using modern technology to modify it for convenience’s sake. Who knows?”
“Maybe so, Hari, but I don’t understand what you’re saying.”
“The pages aren’t blank, they’re covered with microprint. Here, give it back. If I press this little nubbin on the inner edge of the cover–Look!”
The page to which the book lay open was suddenly covered with lines of print that rolled slowly upward.
Seldon said, “You can adjust the rate of upward movement to match your reading speed by slightly twisting the nubbin one way or the other. When the lines of print reach their upward limit when you reach the bottom line, that is–they snap downward and turn off. You turn to the next page and continue.”
“Where does the energy come from that does all this?”
“It has an enclosed microfusion battery that lasts the life of the
“Then when it runs down–”
“You discard the book, which you may be required to do even before it runs down, given wear and tear, and get another copy. You never replace the battery.”
However, if you bind it yourself, you can get the desired behavior pretty easily.
I have a summary of my process in the footnote of an older comment, but I've been able to get it working with hardcover books, and experimented with using a little bit of thread to reinforce the binding.
So far, none of my books have come apart and they all lay flat.
The problem with this is that you either have to print your own books or remove the binding from existing ones and then rebind them, which is not especially time consuming but not exactly fast either.
I wonder why this style of binding isn't more common?
Is it just too expensive or are there durability concerns?
Well done. :)
There is an excellent resource on binding examples here: https://www.designersinsights.com/designer-resources/choosin... which goes over them. But since book binding is literally several hundred years old there are lots of good references.
Sunnyvale used to have an adult education class on book binding that ran during the summer. I still have my class project from that class somewhere (which was a sewn case binding).
All that said, if the paper is stiff then the only lie flat option is spiral or comb binding.
It's got the desirable property of being lay-flat (like perfect binding), but also allows you to make a very strong/durable binding. I'm excited to try it for my next project.
If it was just a little bit cheaper to get on-demand printing done, I'd love to get some of my books converted into something like a rugged three-ring binder.
When I ordered a new Knuth volume 4A and found it couldn't be comfortably read -- you had to hold this heavy book open firmly at just the right angle or else the text on the inner margin would start to edge into hiding -- it was the last straw. Reading it in bed was an exercise in weightlifting. Even Knuth can't stop this? People can warez e-books instead, you know.
Some of the worst books I have seen are the print-on-demand ones by Springer. It’s tragic that pretty much all of their math books from the past 10–15 years are only available in this format. Springer used to produce very nice books up through the 1990s.
Urge your colleagues/teachers to stop publishing their books with Springer.
"""We reported this to Rachel, Heinze and Kölsch. Rachel responded promptly. As regards the material used for the cover, she informed us that
“The word cloth is a semantic term that incorporates many different types of
covers, including this one.”
It was illuminating to learn that Springer can no longer tell the difference between cloth
and paper. Imagine how much money the new owners of Springer could save if, instead
of wearing suits made of cloth, Springer management switched to paper suits; no one at
Springer would be able to tell the difference. On rainy days this could pose a problem,
but we know that Springer has suppliers with plentiful stores of glue. If Springer repairs
its paper suits with the liberal quantities of glue it uses in its books, then board meetings
could turn into stiff, uncomfortable affairs.
Nice to hear that a better version is available. I wish the online listings made it clearer what you'd get.
Only for books you're keeping I suppose. Or maybe you could re-sell directly.
As to bindings, I've always been a fan of spiral bound books.
There's also the Japanese style of printing shorter books in multiple volumes (at least I think this is the case - correct me if I'm wrong).
Given my aversion to paper-based reading, I've enjoyed using my Kindle, smartphone, and tablet to read. However, now there's two more problems. First, my smartphone is a constant source of distraction (calls, texts, work emails, personal emails, app notifications, etc.). Second, it feels like I spend the majority of my waking life looking at either a computer screen, a smartphone screen, or a Kindle screen -- it's kind of unsettling.
You might have been facetious, but FYI, the favored theory for the cause of normal myopia is insufficient UV light exposure during childhood. Eyestrain and close focal distance are not thought to produce it even though the latter is correlated with low UV light from being indoors.
There is at least some support for myopia being associated with close focal distance activities, as mentioned in this meta analysis:
In particular, my article discusses randomized experiments and the opinion of multiple disagreeing experts. Your article (also from 2015) is a meta analysis of observational studies on the correlation between near work and myopia, not the overall question of myopia origins. As far as I can tell, I don't think they try to test whether light exposure is the underlying cause, nor does you article claim represent the opinions of anyone besides the three authors.
I welcome links to more recent and comprehensive reviews, though. I definitely don't think this case has been closed.
I do actually have a few 'publishers proof manuscript' (presumably for pre-press copy editing and review) spiral bound copies of books that I found in a second-hand shop, and although easy to read, the pages got crumpled and torn very quickly when I transported them in my backpack.
Lay is a transitive verb, it requires an object e.g. he lays a book open.
Lie is intransitive e.g the book lies open.
(i was expecting this article to be someone reposting an NY Times article from the introduction of mass market paperbacks, and forgetting to put a date on it.)
It wasn't a success. In all, it looks like they only released a handful in the initial 2011 launch period, then didn't release any more.
I had a copy of Cloud Atlas in flipback format, and it was... okay. I bought it in that format purely for the novelty of it. It felt a bit like reading off a pair of playing cards hinged together, but wasn't entirely unpleasant. Reading a fullsize paperback is nicer if you like the paper reading experience. The paper alone makes a difference; it's very thin and crinkly, like old onion skin paper, or the paper in a Bible, or the paper you buy to roll your own cigarettes.
The main advantage it has over a Kindle or Kobo is that the book itself folds down smaller -- a little bigger than an iPod Classic or a pack of cigarettes -- and it won't run out of battery power. In most other respects, the eReader has the advantage.
I don't know anyone else who's ever read one.
As for my copy, I gave it to a friend when they went travelling. They came back, but the book itself has gone on further travels and has yet to return.
(Yes, it's technically possible to remove the DRM with tools like Calibre, but now you're breaking the terms of the agreement under which they were sold to you in the first place.)
I occasionally check out ebooks from my local library via Overdrive. The DRM doesn't bother me in that scenario, since I have no expectation of being able to keep a library book. But I would never in a million years "buy" one.
As I age and my eyesight gets worse, the ability to pick a large font is a godsend. I'm not happy with the DRM, but I'd be even less happy not being able to read just about any book I choose.
Of course, I'm not going to live forever, and as I get a more realistic appreciation for what books I might re-read in my limited lifespan remaining... I just don't worry about DRM anymore.
I'm not going to be passing on these books, the next generation likely won't be interested in most of them. The really good stuff will stay in print somehow at a reasonable price (or at least there will still be piracy).
The other stuff, meh.
Then you can download a de-DRM-ed copy, and use it, because they often come in a better layout, actually fit for reading, and are not going away.
Maybe publishers will eventually understand that their books is going to be pirated no matter what, and start to compete with pirates on quality and affordability. See, this actually happened to most of the music, so there's hope.
But what I don't like is that publishers have been jacking up the book prices to the point where they cost more than the cost of having a physical book shipped to me. When I see that, then I usually just buy a used book, to make sure the publisher gets no revenue from me at all.
I thought digital publishing would be a boon for publishers and readers alike -- reducing prics by eliminating the cost of printing and keeping inventory, yet the publishers are using the convenience of the eBook reader that I paid for to charge me even more money for that book.
2 years ago I was reading 75% ebooks, 25% paper books, now that's flipped the other direction.
We spend a lot of our time reading long-form content online already; there's no reason books should be any different. People come up with reasoning based on the feel of pages turning and the like, but I don't buy it.
This move feels like a gimmick to me.
I imagine physical books will become completely obsolete and go out of style within the next decade or two.
1. Be single-purpose. There are no notifications, no distractions, no temptations to tab over to something else. It's a classic "less is more".
2. Never run out of battery. It's super-cool that e-ink readers last for weeks or more; but if I throw a paperback in a travel bag, I don't have to worry about a charger at all.
3. Sit on a shelf, as a living artifact. This seems silly, and there's certainly something laudable about a minimalist lifestyle that eschews shelves. Nonetheless, there's something beautiful about creating a space (shrine?) to showcase one's beloved books. I also adore perusing the bookshelves of someone I've just met, to learn what they're interested in, and it makes a great conversation-starter. The good news is, electronic media is invisible; the bad news is, electronic media is invisible.
All that said, it's good that we don't have to choose, I enjoy reading in both formats! :)
Having said that, there's a lot of obvious effort in the software to help get around that limitation (footnotes appearing in a popup window, searching the book for any text, bookmarks, etc).
1. Marginalia. While you can note-take on e-readers, I vastly prefer to do so in physical form. (I'm not entirely sure why, but I know I'm not alone - when I was in college a few years ago, people would print out the lecture slides to take notes on when they easily could have done so on their computers.)
2. Signaling. How else are you going to show people on the subway, in coffeeshops, etc. that you aren't just browsing Instagram and are instead a Very Serious Reader? :)
I wonder if anyone has done studies on writing vs typing vs listening/reading-only baseline.
2. charge it up before you travel. It'll last the whole trip!
3. as someone with thousands of books, the shelf system is more of a liability
Being able to show a lot of dense information on a small area also really helps comprehensibility. Computer screens can't do that while still being comfortably readable and e-book reader screen resolution just isn't there yet.
That's my thoughts on digital books as a student of mathematics. When reading fiction in my spare time, my Kobo Aura HD/H2O can't be beaten by conventional books though.
- Reading them sucks except on e-ink screens, for a variety of reasons, including that screens shut off while you're using them, the glow and eye strain, battery life of such devices, distractions, and more.
- E-ink devices aren't great at: footnotes, keeping a finger in an index/end-notes page (generally, bouncing between multiple reference pages), and so on. They're fine for contemporary fiction and that's about it.  big example: only one page visible at a time. Two-page layouts can be practically necessary for many (mostly non-fiction) books, but even in fiction having more text available to look back at can be really nice.
- Physical books are a memory aid—I often forget the title and author of e-books I'm reading because I don't see the cover or spine or top-of-page notations, and spatial memory kicks in for certain things as far as depth-into-book and location-on-page. An edge case, but sometimes I have to locate a book by size and spine color.
- Personal effort that's probably not common, but most of my books are arranged chronologically by (often approximate) date of author's first major work, making the shelves themselves a learning tool. I've not seen a digital equivalent to a book shelf that does anything like this effectively, and certainly it wouldn't be there all the time in the room for passive absorption when you're not actively engaged in browsing.
- They're also often cheaper than ebooks if you're not just pirating those. Used books are pretty cheap, and you can recover (usually only a little, admittedly) money from them if you get rid of them. Used fiction paperbacks can be so cheap they're effectively disposable.
In ebooks favor, they're incredibly space and weight saving and they're searchable, and those are definitely big points in their favor. But if I'm going to go to the trouble of reading anything other than contemporary fiction or very skimmable/low-value non fiction (think: popular business books) I'm going to want a real book, so I can take advantage of the features of real books, not for smell or feel or whatever.
[another edit] oh and you can leave several currently-reading books around the house without having to buy several $100-200 devices (wait why isn't my book on this one anymore? Oh one of the kids picked it up and changed it to Wind in the Willows, hold on, gotta go to the menu...) or go grab your e-reader from the other room or whatever. Ebooks may win for overall convenience, but they don't take it without giving up a couple goals to physical books.
The benefit of this arrangement is that it works in a wide variety of lighting conditions. When I read at night in bed, there's practically no light around at all, and so I dial the brightness all the way down - and read without losing night vision.
Between the ability to do that, and the ability to adjust font size, I find e-books to be light years ahead of anything on paper, in terms of ergonomics.
- You can arrange your books chronologically, by author, and other ways on e-book readers, at least the Kindle you can.
- Switching the book on your reader doesn't remove your reading history of the previous book. You can always switch back to a different book and it will be at the same location you left it.
- You have it the wrong way around for price. E-books are majority of the time cheaper than regular books. Also, almost all classic books are available for free through e-books.
- While reading the book on a Kindle, you can click the menu button and it says the Title and Author of the book.
I'm aware of "sort by" but it does not achieve the same effect at all. My "screen" is the size of all my shelves and all the books are on that display at the same time. I can realistically take in the layout of maybe two hundred books at a time in one "view" (without physically moving) and I can engage spatial memory for recall. Not limited to six covers or a list of a dozen titles at a time whatever a given digital interface shows, with no fixed physical layout in space for any of it. The word "effectively" in my original post was intended to qualify out a simple "sort by" and limited digital view of a list or tiled covers, which is barely related to what I'm talking about as far as what it accomplishes.
> - Switching the book on your reader doesn't remove your reading history of the previous book. You can always switch back to a different book and it will be at the same location you left it.
Did I write that this wasn't the case? Though I do dislike using the OK-by-ereader-standards menus on my Nook enough that I try not to touch them more than necessary.
> - You have it the wrong way around for price. E-books are majority of the time cheaper than regular books. Also, almost all classic books are available for free through e-books.
Has not been my experience. Cheaper than new, yes. Cheaper than used? Rarely. Used popular fiction paperbacks or pop-business books (again, only ones that aren't badly crippled on an e-ink interface) are really, really cheap.
Free public domain classics are great and I've read a few, but books old enough to be free usually benefit strongly from additional, newer material—introductions, footnotes, and so on, often still covered by copyright. If in translation, the best translation(s) are often not yet out of copyright, and besides, the presence of additional, recent scholarship is even more useful for works in translation. If I'm gonna bother to read War and Peace I'm going to read the version (in English) that strikes me as best, even if I have to pay $6-7 for a used copy or something, because I'm going to be putting a lot of hours into it and may well never read a different version, ever. Project Gutenberg doesn't always (often does not) cut it, as much as I appreciate them.
I know I can look it up. This is about starting to talk about what I'm reading then realizing I can't remember who wrote it because I'm not seeing their name in large print every time I pick it up, every time I look at the table it's sitting on even if I'm not reading it just then, and maybe also at the top of every other page. It's automatic—almost unavoidable—with a paper book.
* Another comment mentioned fiction and historical books that contain maps not having good-enough resolution.
* There're some books out there that straight up can't be rendered on e-readers, such as House of Leaves.
[EDIT] to be clear, I'd love for e-readers to actually achieve enough of the important features of physical books that I could mostly switch over. I'd probably hold on to a few real books but I'd happily ditch 90+% of them if they weren't a better interface for their particular content, in ways that really do matter, than ebooks. Color, higher resolution, and probably at least two screens per device (or one foldable screen I guess) would be required to even take a realistic stab at that, though.
Then again there's no way I'd pay new-ebook (only kind) prices for all the books I have. I could slowly start converting, though, if they were good enough. It's a features thing, not (entirely) a nostalgia thing.
The book will probably never become obsolete or go out of style as long as humans exist as we do now. I imagine we'll print and sell fewer of them, but that's not the same as becoming obsolete. The book could only truly be replaced by something absolutely better than it in every way, which an eBook isn't -- it has as many advantages and disadvantages as a paper book.
* Art albums. You can't expect a handheld device to have both the same size and same pixel density. This is niche, of course.
* Kids books! Those need to be large, lightweight, durable, damage-tolerant, and expendable. Yes, at 10 a kid may prefer to read a book from screen. At 4, physical kids books are indispensable.
I'm not a vinyl collector, but I understand those who are. I read a lot of ebooks, but I do love paper books. It's an aesthetic thing, I think. Much like the look and feel of wood vs plastic.
That's exactly the point. There are things I do on paper for no other reason than I'm tired of looking at a screen all day.
I read your 2-month old post for front end developer at Atlantic Media in the DC area while job searching here on hackernews. Well, I checked out the Atlantic media site and they have a opening available listed on there for a Back-end Python Developer.
So, I see that you work for Atlantic Media. Don't know if that still holds up but I wanted to check if the Back-end Python Developer job is still available?
I'm a guy who has been going the self-taught route where I enjoy using and working with Python as far as learning purposes go. And after quickly reading your post here I figured to reach out and try a somewhat different approach than the old cover letter and resume email method and contact you if you may have any info to this current opening at your company?
So with that said, here I am..and I wanted to inquire to find out if this opening is still available? If so, do you have a contact email to learn more about this position and the things you require in regards to the nature of the job? My apologies in advance that this may not be the response to your post that you were looking for but I figured why not take a chance and try something different to reach out and learn what I can do to improve my chances to be part of the Atlantic media team.
Any help in this matter will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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That's no different to using iTunes to rip a CD surely?
Personally I'm not a fan of it. Even in transit, I often have a backpack with me and can read the paperback books I have just fine.
Plus, what's a better replacement to me, is just having the kindle app installed on your phone. When I don't have a paperback with me, I just open the kindle app and read from there.
Which arguable is even easier to carry for being in-transit than a small book, since people usually have their phones weith them.
Is it common where you are to print them with thin paper?
Those combined bible/hymnals are usually personal, not for multiple people, and they're most common among denominations that only use the 150 psalms and a small number of hymns on texts directly from the bible, although I do have one with the bible and the entire Liedboek voor de Kerken (from 1973). Normal hymnals usually used to be printed on normal paper here.
I purchased the 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens for my oldest boy this summer on Amazon. It's an older book so, naturally, I went to the used/new and found a listing for the 'paperback' version of it for a few bucks delivered (compared against over $10).
Then it arrived. And it was about 4cm x 5cm (estimated). I laughed, figuring I'd been working a little too quickly when I hit the "Buy Now" button so I went back to the listing. Sure enough, the picture was of the original paperback and there was no note about it being the "Tiny Version"
At first, I thought 'scam', and it probably was one, but at the end of the day I ended up with a book that had the content I needed -- not sure if it was abridged or not, but being that the target reader was an almost-teenager, this resulted in the material appearing to be a "quick read" which he was able to complete in a day. And I paid less than 20% of the original price despite discovering that -- at least in this case -- it was a better option.
 Maybe ...
 It may not have been; it's entirely possible that my seller was just selling that version
I can take all sorts of books with me and the reader remembers my place in the book
I can read in the dark thanks to the backlight
Reading from E-paper feels pretty much the same as from real paper and the form factor is more comfortable than a 1000 page book
I can read noiselessly, thanks to which I can read in bed at all, or rather, am allowed to read in bed at all because my wife is a very light sleeper and the rustling of paper wakes her up. The backlight here helps too.
I find for technical books, paper is far superior. The layout is much better for graphics/ equations, plus the traditional layout of a book (with some post it stickies) is optimized for easy navigation/ jumping back and forth.
One thing I miss about paper books is their three-dimensionality. If you are an experienced reader, knowing where you are in the thickness of a book is just as important for navigating the book as a whole as where you are in any given page. And I don't think the GUI bookmarks work quite as well as paper, personally.
Really, it is all about fractions of a second, but it adds up.
(Personally, I don't care about the aesthetics, feel and smell of the paper, blah blah, I just still think paper technical books win for .)
Being able to rapidly backtrack and sidetrack seems to be the critical issue; paper allows you to do this so easily with a thumb or other improvised bookmark. Hypertext and forward/back navigation and tabs seems like it would be perfect for this, but it doesn't quite work.
Learning effectively from a technical book has to be like lazily reading a detective novel -- you have to be willing to look at the ending. You do this before you're in a place to understand it, and then build up that foundation to the point where it supports what the end goal is going to be. Maybe it's a question of having a writer who can make this idea a first-class one, by repetition and backtracking in a forward direction; effectively first presenting page 8, then 4, then 2, then 1, then 2, then 8, then 2, then 3, then 1, then 4, or some similar scheme to allow the reader to shore up their understanding, while allowing them to skim through parts that seem boring or are too confusing, with the knowledge that they'll have another chance to review the material, without having to manually backtrack.
I have read textbooks with a lot of patience spending way more time per page, letting the content sink in, thinking about it, taking notes on the bitsy corners of the book etc. However, these days as a professional, when I read tech books, I could see myself rushing for facts, and "how-to"s instead of deeper reading. May be I'm getting older? Wiser? Falling into Attention Deficit Disorder? I don't know. But, I do know that if a tech book does "8,4,2,1,2,8,2,3,1,4" like you said, I'm lost at third step, finding something else where I can get my facts quick...
This is where interactive books could jump in and help keep the attention in place with more relevant information in view instead of needing repetition.
I remember Apple tried something with a free app called iBooks Author. I need to spend more time with it and see if I can make use of it for some tech stuff.
I also think an experienced reader can navigate more quickly (yes fraction of seconds) in a physical book than possible when you have to set bookmarks and use them in some drop down system.
I would love to see a human factors study comparing hyperlink eReader versus paper book.
But apart from what I described, E-readers pretty much win on everything else.
True, this is certainly something that does not make sense, market-wise. The good thing though is that you can get all the books that are now public domain for absolutely nothing (even Amazon has tons of old books with 0$ price markings).
Kobo made one for a while, but has since EOLed, as well as Papyrus IIRC.
As a consequence, I tend to read on my phone, but it's not nearly as comfortable as reading on my e-reader, and I tend to get eye fatigue much more quickly.
Funny, I went for the exact opposite. I had a Kindle paperwhite and purchased a Kobo Aura precisely because I could get a 7 inches screen. I'm much happier with a larger surface, and I read all the time in public transports.
But I consume almost all my modern sci-fi on an e-reader of some persuasion. That, too, adds to the story.
So those books were worse when they were published because they didn't have that old book smell and feel?
Then again, they hate flying, and travel in a campervan...
Similarly, I can buy a slightly damaged book and still enjoy it, or give one to a friend and not worry if I get it back.
(I do not work for Sony)
I think we have a way to go, but I'm sure there are devices out there that will last 50 years or so, as a place to put all the books I've loved...
Until then, I maintain a fleet of computers of course, however under the known circumstance that when the lights go out, there'll be not much to read.
I was very proud though when my then 13 month old daughter pulled 1984 off a shelf and walked over to me proudly carrying it. "She is woke already" I said. An e-book can't beat that.
This is by far the biggest reason I'll continue to use my Kindle. I still buy certain physical books, but being able to take my entire library with me is so useful.
Personally, I've moved from paper fiction to an ebook reader and couldn't be happier: it's so much easier to hold—particularly with one of those popsocket grippers affixed to the back.
One of the ones I handled was just as small as these. A few more were much thicker, but smaller in the other two dimensions.
Unlike these books the text still ran in the "normal" directions, the size of font varied greatly between books, but in the small books mentioned it was generally much smaller than this (and in one small book in particular was easily the smallest font I've ever seen, including on students size restricted cheat sheets).
Of course, the place of books in society back then was very different than their place today, so this isn't actually terrible relevant to the article, but I thought it was an interesting anecdote regardless.
As an aside, if you ever get the chance to view medieval manuscripts, take it. The art in them is absolutely amazing, everything you see in books today simply does not compare.
That said, mini books with this horizontal orientation are a cute and maybe convenient idea for some people. Anything that removes barriers to reading paper books is great.
The covers are some kind of faux-leather so they fall in between a hardback and paperback book; they are flexible, but the covers don't fold like a paperback. The binding was, in my opinion, excellent; you couldn't lay the book open, but you also didn't feel like you were cracking the spine when you were reading. The paper is quite thin but tough enough, and I didn't find that the other side showed through or anything. They were harder to read in dim light due to the smaller type, but they were laid out just like a full-sized book.
IIRC I paid something like $30 for the set on Amazon. I would absolutely buy other books bound in the exact same way.
Update: I googled and it seems I got the name right:
Rocky Racoon goes to the hotel to shoot the man who had stolen his girlfriend's heart. He loses a shootout, and heads back to his room.
>Now Rocky Raccoon, he fell back in his room
>Only to find Gideon's Bible
>Gideon checked out, and he left it, no doubt
>To help with good Rocky's revival
The song was written in 1968 when The Beatles were in India studying transcendental meditation. Makes me wonder whether Paul McCartney was gifted a Gideon Bible in Rishikesh.
I don't really buy fiction on paper anymore, but all the paperbacks I see in the stores or airports are much bigger. Part of it is ballooning length, but there's a lot more printed at something like halfway between a trade paperback and the old mass-markets. Or those really awful awkward tall narrow paperbacks that remind me of the aspect ratio of the original Microsoft Surfaces.
It costs $2.2 for a 64 page black & white book (first option, 500 units)?
This can sure make a neat corporate gift!
Personally, what do when I read a full size book, is tear the cover off, cut the spine off and coil bind it. Yes, books bound like this all look the same on the shelf. I also cut away a lot of the excess paper, which in 90% of the cases is glorified news print. This keeps the weight down.
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One more thing: I searched for Cara Siletto, and the first thing that popped up was a PDF e-book download which we prepared for her. Using the same files we print from, these PDFs display perfectly on a smart phone. So you cannot only distribute them electronically, but you can use them as a hook to build a great email list. Also, books under 88 pages mail with a one or 2 ounce stamp in our special envelopes.
This feels like a decade late effort to compete poorly on the same basis.
That said, I'm convinced reading is vastly more enjoying in a visual form aligning with news columns vs. the large space in trade paperbacks and the like. So if you're a paper slave, I'd suggest giving the small form factor a try.
These days my primary eBook reader is a Nexus 7.
To beat that you'd pretty much need to read a book off of one of these: https://www.newark.com/lumex/lcm-s01602dtr-a/dot-matrix-lcd-...
Now, I'm sure someone is either A: going to pop up to claim that they did or B: pop up to say they now have their next Arduino project. "E-Readers are so big and expensive, so I thought I'd roll my own with parts I just have lying around..."
Anyhow, when I see people talking about they can't possibly code with anything less than a 4K display, I still find myself chuckling a bit. Not that they're bad things by any means, but... well... it's a pretty big leap over where I started. I remember the excitement I had in college when I could get 800x600 and 1024x768 for the first times. So much text!
> Jongbloed, which was founded in 1862 as a bookshop and later became a Bible printer, created the flipback format in 2009, and quickly realized there was a wide audience for compact, portable books.
> But getting English flipback editions of Mr. Green’s books proved endlessly complicated. Jongbloed is currently the only printer in the world that makes them, using ultrathin but durable paper from a mill in a village in Finland.
So from what my friend told me back then, Jongbloed was a fairly small printer, and struggling with ever-decreasing Bible sales (the Netherlands has gotten more secular over the generations). They knew they couldn't compete with the big printing companies because of economies of scale, but unlike them, they had the technology and skills to print on ultra-thin paper, because that was the traditional way they printed their Bibles. So they decided to try and create a new niche for themselves based on this edge, and came up with the sideways, one-handed pocket idea.
Based on all the software patent horror stories I hear, I guess that in the Netherlands it takes more effort to patent things - basically, the US patent office defers checking the validity of the patent to whomever challenges it in court, whereas the Netherlands patent office does not. It's the combination of printing on ultra-fine Bible paper with a sideways pocket is ultimately what got them the patent.
I remember my friend being really excited about it. Haven't spoken to him in ages, but we originally studied physics and switched careers. He told me he loved being a patent attorney because it boils down to writing out ideas in a really exact language, which basically meant he gets to be a technical consultant for people with novel, interesting ideas that he would have never taught of himself.
But I remember a fad from 3-4 years ago, for enabling one handed reading, called flipback binding, ie paperbacks with printing that goes in the long direction instead of the short direction on the page, so you hold it with one hand, read top to bottom, flip next page again go top to bottom, rinse and repeat.In theory a great idea, but I haven't actually tried one.
I have even ripped books in half to read the first half first and than the second because those books with 1k pages are horrible to read.
I'd buy an e-ink reader with a form factor the size of a phone. The usual ereaders don't fit in a pocket.