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Could Shapeshifting E-Readers Speed Up the Transition from Paper to Electrons?

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Which is the better e-reader: the Kindle or the iPad? It's impossible to say for at least one reason--neither provides the physical feedback we expect from turning the pages of a paperback book. Until an e-reader arrives that can simulate physical interaction, many people will prefer to stick with dead trees. But designer Fabian Hemmert thinks such a simulation could be possible. He imagines an electronic device that could shift its weight or size to indicate how far along you are in a book, or a cell phone that could react to touch like a physical being. Sound crazy? It might not seem so far-fetched after watching Hemmert explain his ideas in this video from TEDxBerlin.

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  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.

  • Sreeraman M.G

    There is a book. It looks and feels like the real book but it is blank, even the covers are blank. You purchase a memory card sort of thing which contains a novel and inserts it into the BLANK BOOK that you have and the cover design becomes that of the book in the memory card and so do the contents. I hope we will have such books one day...until then I will continue to love real books and hate ebooks.