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How far are we into storing all books in one device with an infinite charge?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17131points) 3 weeks ago

That fits in a small device? What is the closest that we have now? Would that be cool to own? What is the price and can I get it on Amazon?

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anniereborn's avatar

I’m not sure exactly what you are asking.

Darth_Algar's avatar

So, you want like a Kindle?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@anniereborn I would like to know how good the tech is now? @Darth_Algar I spent $50 three years ago on a KOBO and It was disappointing. I would like to now If I should by an Ipad or stick to my 1TB personal computer for reading.

Also I would like to see how far the tech advancement has gone, for giggles.

Darth_Algar's avatar

So do you want an e-reader or a tablet computer?

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Darth_Algar I don’t know? I’ve never used either for any length to time to know what I want.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Ok. Sorry dude, I don’t know how to answer whatever it is you’re asking.

Jeruba's avatar

As for storing all books in one device, if that means what it sounds like, I think Google Books is working on it. They want to scan and store everything. Copyright is a big issue, though.

Personally, I can’t think of a lot of things scarier than the idea of having all recorded human knowledge and thought stored, coded, indexed, and managed by a megalithic for-profit entity. The possibility of allowing the world’s body of literature to be selectively distributed and potentially even held for ransom by a private corporation that might have changed its mind about not being evil is not far-fetched enough by today’s standards to be dismissed as a paranoid fantasy.

In fact, at the present moment, reality has outstripped paranoid fantasy by far enough that it’s going to be a while before we can comfortably say “Come on, that’ll never happen.”

SavoirFaire's avatar

As far as your title question is concerned, we are 0% of the way there because it is an impossible task. A device with an infinite charge would violate the laws of thermodynamics.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@SavoirFaire Ok how about a solar charger like an upgraded solar panels on a scientific calculator.

Also I would like to know what device has the most storage space for books.

Darth_Algar's avatar

How many books do you want to store? And will you really read all of them? As it is my Kindle that’s several years old has 1 GB of storage and will hold at least 1,000 e-books.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@Darth_Algar I am new to Kindle and just curious. If I needed I could upgrade later to fit my needs as they develop.
I am dissatisfied with my Kobo. I can’t find it. It must be In the trash. I would gladly put my future Amazon Kindle purchases on my pc.

How many books can I put on a 1TB hard drive with Windows10 os included?

I would like as many books as possible just in case I need to move to another place. I would love a device that would work with out a home internet connection; just in case I cancel my home internet.

I would like a device that would work in a hot bathtub and could transfer one book at a time. To save money from having a low storage space.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Probably at least 1,000,000. Would that be enough?

gorillapaws's avatar

The “infinite charge” thing will certainly be a problem, as it would violate the laws of physics…

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@gorillapaws Ok how about seems endless? A seamless charging device? Like swappable rechargeable batteries? Or quick charging? Or solar powered? Or a low power usage?

chyna's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 You might re-think getting your books on your pc. I would find it awkward to read books that way. I want to be able to move from room to room, lay on the couch or bed or deck to read. A pc will limit where and how you read. My kindle keeps a charge for a very long time, so I have never thought about other sources of energy for its use. It usually lasts me about a week and I read a bit every day.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@chyna I will be able to read on my phone after I upgrade my smart phone with more storage. My storage is almost full..
I have normal books for reading in the tub and bedroom.
I will decide what device that would work for me when I add to my collection. Paperback or computer or future smart phone with extra space.

janbb's avatar

Certainly storage and retrieval of material is growing in capacity and diminishment of size. One of my sons was working on this. But the goal will never be to have the capacity to store all the world’s books on one’s device. Streaming accessibility from a large database such as Google Books is probably the goal in sight.

LadyMarissa's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 Amazon has a Kindle app that allows you to read any Kindle book that you’ve purchased from them on your computer without having to download it first. You just need an internet connection. I use it often. You can get it on the Amazon site under the Kindle section. I think they have one for your cell phone as well.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I recommend the Kindle Paperwhite. You can store thousands of books on it. You can read approximately an hour every day, and the battery will last for weeks. It goes on sale twice a year. Wait for the sale price.

Jeruba's avatar

As for the ever-charged available light source, I recommend the sun. It’s as close as we’re going to get, and most of what’s worth reading can be seen by it.

(Lucklily little indoor and nighttime mini-suns have already been invented as well.)

Any book that in itself requires electricity or any other special technology to read—irrespective of light source—has a sharp limit on its accessibility; whereas the tablets of the Epic of Gilgamesh, surviving from about 4000 years ago, can still be read in daylight by ordinary human means.

LuckyGuy's avatar

If by “infinite charge” you mean “infinite life” and “all books” you mean “all your books” we are not far from it now. Flash memory is pushing the 1 TB range now. It draws virtually no current. and some estimates show it has a read write life of over 50 years. Look at the card in your phone. You can buy a 128GB card for about $50 today . That is about 10,000 books.
The reader for this device is a different story. That requires power. Maybe someone will invent a low power reader that charges itself by ambient light alone.

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