I just saw this story about a large-format digital reader on the Huffington Post. If this thing reads existing pdfs, and has a decent memory, it would be great for storing and reading scientific reprints. Moreover, with wireless capabilities, we could get journals sent directly to the thing. Readers could choose what papers they wanted, perhaps even pay for them. Scientific content could include movies or other media. Supplementary material could be automatically included. Moreover, journals wouldn’t need to be issued monthly or weekly, but could “publish” continually, on the fly. Then maybe we could stop being rejected for “space”. Related papers could be automatically searched for. Corrections or responses could be linked automatically as they are published. 

Maybe now scientific publishing can improve, instead of lagging behind the technological curve.

3 thoughts on “Will scientific journals buy into a large-format digital reader?

  1. This sounds like a good idea. However, as a graduate student, I realize that many scientists are traditionally resistant to change. This resistance is ironic to me, because I see science as a constant change.

  2. I have been looking for something that would work like this for a while – its good to see I’m not the only one interested. It seems ridiculous to waste all that paper printing off copies, and reading on old monitors all day kills my eyes.

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