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[BKARTS] Origin of BOOK


A friend writes:
Do you know the origin of the widely circulated jokey piece about the 'new basic orderly organized knowledge known as book'?
The full piece can be found (for example) at


as follows:

Revolutionary Technology

Announcing the new Basic Orderly Organized Knowledge device, known as BOOK.
The BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electrical circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on and off. It's so easy to use, even a small child can operate it: just lift it's cover! Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere, sitting in an armchair by the fire, sat in the garden or even on the beach! Here's how it works:
The basic component of the BOOK is a sheet of paper (recyclable), called a Low Energy Access Format, or LEAF, each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the LEAF, doubling the information density and halving costs. One side of a LEAF is called a Precise Area for General Elucidation, known as a PAGE. Each PAGE is given its own individual number and the LEAFs are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the PAGEs in their correct sequence.
Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now BOOKs with more information simply use more PAGEs. This makes them thicker and harder to carry and has drawn some criticism from the mobile computing crowd.
Each LEAF is scanned optically, registering information directly onto the brain. A flick of the finger takes one on to the next LEAF. The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by simply opening it. The BOOK never crashes and never needs rebooting, although like other IT hardware, it can become unusable if immersed in water. The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any PAGE and move forwards or backwards as you wish. Many come with an index feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.
An optional accessory called the Manual Access Retrieval Key for use with the BOOK, known as a BOOKMARK enables you to open the BOOK at the exact place you left it in a previous session, even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKMARKs fit universal design standards and therefore a single BOOKMARK can be used in any BOOK by any manufacturer conversely, numerous BOOKMARKs can be used in a single BOOK if the user wishes to store numerous views at once: the number is limited only by the number of LEAFs in the BOOK.
The medium is ideal for long-term archive use: several field trials have proven that the medium will still be readable in several centuries and because of its simple user interface it will be compatible with further reading devices.
You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic International Language Stylus (PENCILS). Portable, durable and affordable, the BOOK is being hailed as the information format of the future. Look for a flood of new titles soon.

Does anybody have any idea where this text originated?

Terry Belanger : University Professor : University of Virginia : Rare Book School
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