Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Of camera phones and photocopying books | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Of camera phones and photocopying books | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics:
"Nick Bilton (author of I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works) has a piece in the New York Times pertaining to himself and his wife using their iPhones to snap photos of pages from some books in Barnes & Noble, for the purpose of showing them to their contractor as they planned interior design ideas for a new home.
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But cell phone cameras may not be all publishers have to worry about. There are already OCR applications available for the iPhone—and what’s more, a team of Japanese researchers have invented a flip-through rapid laser scanner that they hope to be able to incorporate into cell phones as well. Sooner or later, we might well be able to “rip” books even faster than MP3s."

Expect to see bookstores replace shelves with glass cases in the near (far) future.