Darryl Wiggers (
Tue, 11 Jul 2000 11:07:41 -0700 (PDT)

Technological Report: Announcing the new Built-in Orderly Organized
Knowledge device called B.O.O.K.

The "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, it can be used anywhere-even sitting in armchair by
the fire-yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM

Here's how it works...

Each 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 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 in half.

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 sheet is scanned optically, registering
information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the
next sheet. The BOOK may be taken up at any time and used by merely opening
it. The BOOK never crashes and never needs 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
backward as you wish. Many come with an "index" feature, which pinpoints the
exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.

An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open the BOOK to the exact
place you left it in a previous session-even 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 bookmarkers 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.

The media is ideal for long term archive use, several field trials have
proven that the media will still be readable in several centuries, and
because of its simple user interface it will be compatible with future
reading devices.

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). Portable, durable, and affordable, the BOOK is
being hailed as the entertainment wave of the future. The BOOK's appeal
seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the

-----Original Message-----
From: Frank Landrum []
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2000 1:37 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: "BOOK"

We have a staff member who is looking for an article that he thinks is
entitled "B.O.O.K." or "BOOK" and it stands for Built-in Orderly Organized
Knowledge (BOOK ) being the acronym. It is a tongue-in-cheek article about
the audiovisual world at the time and he believes it is early sixties that
it was published.
Help! My usual sources don't seem to find it...and I'm not sure the title
is totally correct.
Thanks as always

Frank Landrum
Lane ESD