janet clark writes \"All the discussion about e-books reminds me of a piece by Isaac Asimov (in an essay \'The Ancient and the ultimate\', _Asimov on science_, 1982. Maybe it\'s old hat to everyone, but it is relevant.

BREAKTHROUGH! Introducing the Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device - B.O.O.K.
BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in thecnology; no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It\'s easy to use. Even a child can operate it.\"\"Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere - even sitting in an armchair by the fire - yet it is powerful enough to hold as much as a cd-rom.
BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are locked together with one of two different custom devices, a \'binder\' or \'double stitch binding\', which keep the sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque paper technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density.
Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly to your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.
BOOK never crashes nor requires rebooting, though like other display devices it can become unusable if dropped in water. The\'browse\' function allows instant movement to any sheet, forward or backward, as one wishes. Many come with an \'index\' feature, which pinpoints the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.
Portable, durable and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a new entertainment wave. BOOK\'s appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking to the medium. \"

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