Developers have announced a new device called BOOK, an acronym for Built-in Orderly Organized Knowledge.

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. Just lift its cover!

Compact and portable, BOOK can be used anywhere—even while its operator is sitting in an armchair by the fire—yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disk. Here’s how it works.

BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. These pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binding that maintains the sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque Paper Technology Inscription Cache (OPTIC) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, thereby simultaneously doubling information density and reducing costs by half.

Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now BOOK applications requiring expanded information storage simply reduce the OPTIC dimensions or add more pages. This makes BOOK thicker, heavier, and harder to carry, however, and has drawn some criticism from the mobile computing crowd.

Readers optically scan each sheet of BOOK, registering information directly into their brains. A flick of the finger takes the user to the next sheet. BOOK may be taken up and used at any time by merely opening it. BOOK never crashes and never requires rebooting, though like other display devices it can become unusable if dropped overboard. BOOK’s browse feature allows the user to access any sheet instantly, moving forward or backward as desired.

Some versions of BOOK come with an index feature that can pinpoint exact locations of selected information for instant retrieval. An optional BOOKmark accessory allows the user to open BOOK to the exact location that was in use during a previous session—even if BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs produced by different original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Conversely, numerous BOOKmarks can be used in a single BOOK edition if the user chooses to store numerous views at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.

It is possible for BOOK users to make personal notes next to BOOK text entries by selecting an optional programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylus (PENCILS).

Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as the entertainment wave of the future. BOOK’s appeal is expected to be so certain and universal that thousands of content creators have already committed to the platform. Look for a flood of new titles soon. (Original source unknown.) JK