A Piece of My Mind: The BOOK
Bennet Pomerantz

In honor of those brave souls who endured the Book Expo 2007, which was held the first weekend in June at the Javits convention center in New York city. To these loyal convention goers, this column is for you.

I received a version of an e-mail press release (that is reprinted in full in this column) that I have gotten many times over the years. Usually this e-note was sent to me just before the expo by other writer and publisher friends. As a writer, I laughed as hard as if I had seen it for the first time . . . as a critic, it hit home to me as the expo grew closer and made so much sense.

Note: I could not attend this year's expo. This was due to other family commitments that I felt were more important. As a writer, you need to set your priorities straight. Health and family are two very important issues to me. However, this year, in my mind I am still pounding the convention floor like all the other convention goers. GAWD I think about it and miss the thrill of the expo. As backwards and boring as I think the convention is sometimes, it still brings a thrill to me yearly, like when the circus comes to down. I will be back at the expo floor in 2008!

I must thank Linda Akwa for her opening comments which fit in with this note, so I kept them in.


Where can I get one? By the way, today I got the one that I ordered on EBAY. Haven't had time to look much at it yet.

Subject: New Device!!

Introducing the New Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade named BOOK.

BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electronic circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It is so 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 information as a CD-ROM.

Here is how it works: BOOK is constructed of sequential numbered sheets of paper (recyclable) each capable of holding thousands of bits of information.

The sheets are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence. Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows the manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Experts are divided on the prospects of further increases in information density; for now BOOKS with more information simply use more sheets.

Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.

BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting. The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, forward and 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 BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session-even if 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 sheets in BOOK.

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, affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a new entertainment wave. Also BOOK's appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking. Look for a flood of new titles soon.


So those who attended and I missed seeing, sorry I missed you. E-mail me, you know the address and you don't need another business card.

And to all the other writers out there I don't know personally, keep reaching for the stars!

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About the Writer:

Bennet Pomerantz is a media review columnist in 175 newspapers with his weekly column AUDIOWORLD. His fiction and reviews have appeared in the pages of Affaire De Coeur, Gateways, Mystery Scene, Power Star, The Hot Corner, Washington Entertainment Magazine, and many others. He is also known for his review appearances on the MCN Forum. View his web site at Audioworld.