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In order to contribute to the intellectual musings on book definitions, I
offer the following for those who are new to books and wonder what they are.
In this generation of electronics media, this may be a new platform of
communication to them and wanted to make sure that they knew what this list
was referring to when BOOK is mentioned.   I find in my job that there are
LOTS of folks that don't know the original use of a book, as the only ones
that are present in their homes are used as interior decoration with a total
of 10 volumes per house, stored in previously named "book"cases along with
hundreds of other dustables. These seem to be chosen for their cover
pictures and color, and not for the content.  Maybe there is a market nitch
here that some have missed; binding hollow "books" on demand to the interior
decorating community.  Just think, no more tedious sewing!
                            News Headline
Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device,  trade named:

     BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no
electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched  on.
It's so easy to use, even a child can operate it.
Compact and portable, it can be used anywhereeven sitting in an armchair by
the fireyet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM
disc. Here's how it works:
     BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper
(recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. Some
BOOKs are manufactured with a hard shell case to make them more durable
while some are made with a floppy cover.  This allows one to put it into a
pants pocket for convenient access, roll it up to hit an insect,  and even
sit on it, without loss of data.  Try that with a cd-rom or floppy disk!
The hard shell cases are not really necessary (unless it is to be used
extensively for research) as the data is the same as the floppy cover but
allows the manufacturer to charge more for their products.
      The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder
which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque Paper Technology
(OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the
information density and cutting costs. Experts are divided on the prospects
for further increases in information density; for now, BOOKS with more
information simply use more pages.
     Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into
your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. BOOK may be
taken up at any time and used merely by opening it.
     BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, though like other display
devices it can become unusable if dropped overboard. The "browse" feature
allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backwards as
you wish. Many come with an "index" feature, which pin-points the exact
location of any selected information for instant retrieval.
     An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact
place you left it in a previous sessioneven if the BOOK has been closed.
BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single  BOOKmark can be
used in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOK markers
can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at
once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.
      You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an
optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic
Intercommunication Language Stylus (PENCILS).
You can store them on a desk for easy access or use a BOOK- Convenient
Archive Storage Element (BOOK-CASE). This way, many BOOKs can be accessed
instantly, and arranged in any convenient order, including alphanumeric, by
date, or data originator.
      As with most archive media, it is manufactured to exacting standards
and is permanent if well cared for, although extensive testing has found (as
with most storae devices) it can't tolerate extreme heat.
      Upon closer examination, you will find this media even combines text
with super hi-res color graphics.  The graphics do not take up huge amounts
of storage space, as does conventional electronic media, and hundreds of
pictures, maps, and drawings can be stored and accessed instantly without
the usual  wait, use of a conversion program, or special hardware.
        Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a
precursor of a new entertainment wave. Also, BOOK's appeal seems so certain
that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and
investors are reportedly flocking. Look for a flood of new titles soon.

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