Development of new Bookshelf Interface for Centralized e-Book Management
Here is nifty software, which was developed jointly by DNP (Dai Nippon Printing) and Impress R&D, a member of the Impress Group engaged in data communications related media operation. The newly developed interface would allow the e-book users to take e-books with different text formats and viewers which are purchased from various e-book sales sites and let the users to create a book shelf where user can perform a centralized management.
The companies will offer the service free of charge in interest of promoting the development of an open environment for e-book trade as a whole. The new interface provide a easy link between various e-book viewers and e-book outlets, making it possible to perform the centralized management of e-books regardless of where they are purchased, while integrating data specific by the reader, including book marks and underlines. The new interface creates same visual effects that resemble an actual bookshelf, allowing the readers to use it in an intuitive way. The base functions include a drag-and-pull tool allowing readers to move specific spines across the screen on either a genre or author, plus add or remove partitions at will. Furthermore, it is possible to view various e-books on different screen sizes, including the ones for smartphones. The new interface is based on Android OS, but the companies is planning to make the interface compatible with iOS and Windows, while making it e-book terminal device independent. The companies are planning to release the Android OS beta-version in September of 2011.