|The Solution||Margin Notes|
|Traditional Book Publishers||Distribution|
In future, books will be composed online on the Internet. You can come and view the on-going work in progress, much as you might watch a sidewalk artist. You can make comments, offer criticism, ask questions, and make suggestions for future directions of the work. It becomes a collaborative process. Strange as it sounds, even if you are silent, you can still contribute to the process by where you focus your attention in the book. Software automatically monitors which parts of the book you are reading, and forwards the statistics to the authors. This gives them clues about what is the most pressing thing to write about next.
There is already a pilot project of this form called The Java & Internet Glossary. Any time a new Java-relevant term appears, usually within hours, there is a definition for it and a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) reference in the glossary.
The Java Applet ensures people can’t read the book without paying the modest pay-per-view fee. You may let people come in for 5 minutes at a time without fees, or to read free teaser information, or whatever other rules turn out to work optimally to maximise sales.
The Java Applet may also control whether the customer is permitted to keep a permanent copy of what they view.
If you had books in electronic form, the information could be coded in various ways with how advanced/esoteric it is. The viewing software could then dynamically hide or reveal more details. This would make the electronic books far more valuable than paper ones.
See my essay on essay on SCIDs. I am proposing creating similar tools both for browsing program code and for browsing technical documentation. Think of documentation not as a manual, but as a structured database.
|Categories for Information Overload|
|overview||Detail||detailed||How detailed this material is. This allows the reader to either get an overview or to get details.|
|easy||Difficulty||difficult||How difficult this material is. This would mainly be used to grade sample exercises. This allows the reader to filter out material he likely already knows or material over his head for now.|
|mundane||Surprise||surprising||How unexpected this material is. This lets the reader focus on the meat and potatoes, the ordinary cases, things as you might expect or focus on just the gotchas.|
|basic||Rarity||esoteric||How rarely used this material is. This lets the user focus on the basic options, the ones nearly everyone uses, or look just at the rarely used ones once he knows the basics. Esoteric options are not necessarily difficult, just rarely used.|
|cloudy||Familiarity||understood||This is not a category the author would normally assign. The reader assigns it as he learns the book to mark off parts he already understands. That way he can either review material he already knows, or concentrate just on the material he does not understand yet. The authors can use this automatically-collected feedback from their readers to discover the sections of the book that need to be re-written.|
|wrong||Accuracy||accurate||This is not a category the author would normally assign. The reader population as a whole assigns it by their automatically collected feedback. They mark sections of a book they think may be erroneous, misleading or unclear. This helps the author discover places in the book that need correction or rewrite and warns other readers of potentially untrustworthy information.|
The original authors may rate the paragraphs, and the readers too may so do, with feedback automatically collected. Of course a reader’s rating take precedence for that particular reader.
The reader adjusts low and high limit on each of the six sliders. This temporarily limits what actually gets displayed. To see everything, adjust all six sliders to include 0 to 10 on all six scales. You can change them at any time. The coloured bar indicates the region you want to see.
|Information Overload Filter Sliders|
The icons are rather bulky, so you can replace them with coloured dots. You can also make up your own icons if you like.
Here is an even more compact way to do it:
|There is more material available that rates too low on one or more scales to currently display.|
|There is more material available that rates too high on one or more scales to currently display.|
|There is more material available that rates both too low on one or more scales and too high on one or more other ones to currently display.|
Adobe has invented Digital Edition eBooks. There is nothing special about the content. They are just PDF files. The scheme is about limiting who can view them and for how long. You can use such documents in a lending library. The Acrobat Reader reader honours limits embedded in the file.
If Mike Nichols were to remake The Graduate, instead of plastics, subpenny royalties would be whispered into Benjamin’s ear.
If you don’t surf the Java/Internet wave, it will bury you.
|birth||1903-06-25 died: 1950-01-21 at age: 46||978-0-679-41739-2||hardcover|
|publisher||New American Library||978-0-547-41638-0||eBook|
|What happens when the state gets too much power. |
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind
|Greyed out stores probably do not have the item in stock. Try looking for it with a bookfinder.|
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