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Some random ideas for ebooks


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  1. @Altayo there are many kinds of reading… can you explain what you mean?

  2. @Daeven1 I like fantasy books, and there are often maps in them, I think would be cool to see the path they travel evolve over time, for example lord of the rings, there are a lot of characters on different places on the map. And because it is such a popular book people would like to put these characters on the map! :)

  3. @Daeven1 I like fantasy books, and there are often maps in them, I think would be cool to see the path they travel evolve over time, for example lord of the rings, there are a lot of characters on different places on the map. And because it is such a populair book people would like to put these characters on the map! :)

  4. @urfriendthepessimist would be cool, maybe also the ability to ask questions about a certain paragraph, would be interactive studying!:)

  5. You should check out Kobo’s Reading Life on their iPad app. Through Faces & Places, you can learn more about a character or location in a book and ‘check-in’ with that character or location. We’ve also enabled stats and awards. It shows a level of innovation iBooks and Kindle just aren’t at.

  6. Interesting looking back on this video after a few months of the Kindle 3 being released and what it does in regards to the social aspect of reading (Book lending, passage sharing etc.). Looks like once again Kevin was on this months before !

  7. lending the book feature is something that I think they desperately need to have. I think about the exact idea all the time and I couldn’t believe more people weren’t begging for this. the nooks borrow feature is crap and needs a huge redo.

  8. Yea, these features are probably ones the guys at Apple could make happen.

  9. Really really nice ideas… :)

  10. I have seen this dude in a movie… what was it?

  11. There is no way you could see the character’s location in a world at a given time at a point in the book, unless someone painstakingly spent hours figuring it out and linking it to some type of database. And knowing their ‘armor’ and ‘health’ levels?! Ridiculous – obviously this would be for a niche gamer market only.

    However, what I thought you were getting at the ability to link to character bios and look up info, which would be cool – linking to wikipedia or some such site.

  12. I really agree with all your points! New to e-books with the Kindle 3 and I would really love more social functions. The only thing that I guess makes this not a big deal for me at the moment is because i’m the only e-book reading person amongst my friends. The reference functionality suggested would be really great to have right now though, I hope this will be in the future.

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  14. A lot of these ideas are against the very nature of reading.

  15. Storytelling is all about the author giving you the exact information you need at the exact time he or she wants you to have it. Those character bios would have to change dynamically in order to not contain spoilers… but in that case would’nt that just be a mere memory aid for those who need it (who was this character again?) Oh, and I can ask for my friends’ input over coffee after I do my own reading and have time to form my own opinion, thank you very much!

  16. Damn good idea! Social Network is a must for app nowadays!

  17. lend a book = nook <3

  18. It could either be an open source thing, or a paid service: you buy an ebook for price X, and you can unlock different types of dynamic footnotes by paying extra, either for a subscription, or for a single download.
    This would also be awesome to use with academic dynamic footnotes: a footnote at every fragment referenced by an academic text and with a list of articles or studies about that book. Image the usefulness for someone studying literature…

  19. Dynamic footnotes for biology will link the footnotes to pics of plants, trees etc when they are mentioned. That way, those long, boring (to some) descriptions of landscapes become more than meaningless words.

    I’ve called these footnotes dynamic for a reason: the footnotes have to come from somewhere, of course, and that could be a wikipedia-like database.

  20. With dynamic music footnotes, a mention of a piece of music, will play (a fragment of) that piece. This incidentally also offers commercial possibilities: add a link to a store to sell you that cd or a poster of that painting, etc. It’s unobtrusive, functional advertising and can generate more income for the author. If I read that my favorite character is listening to a certain classical piece or to rock music, I want to be able to hear it, especially if I am not familiar with it.

  21. Good ideas.. would also like to see what I’ve called ‘dynamic footnotes’ – in the book, you would have the option to switch on dynamic footnotes for all sorts of things: e.g. art, music or biology. If you check the box for art footnotes, footnotes will become visible whenever a certain character or scene either references a work of art, or has inspired a work of art. Clicking on the link will give you a popup of that work of art, or a slideshow if there is more than one.

  22. Apple will never allow users to lend their books. Lending doesn’t make money.

  23. I think you’re putting too much thought into the device, and not enough thought into just enjoying the story.

  24. @elazarn2 Yeah definitely, even though all the extra functionality is great there should always be a choice to read the content in its native form without all the enhancements from technology


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