5 ways I want to read an imaginary e-book

I might be selling out by naming the entry that way. Countless online tips say naming the title "10 ways to", "How to", and "Why" is the way to attract more readers. I clicked those tips maybe fifty times and after the first three, all advices start to look the same, except for ones revealing personal experiences.

If including a personal element is the way to make a collection of tips stand out, why not having one purely based on fantasy? That's totally personal.

So, here are the five ways I want to read digital books using an imaginary e-book reader.

Search and destroy.

This one is already realized, I guess. Pick a keyword, read relevant topics, then consider the book to be finished. It's even better than using the Index.

Example: university textbooks, adult entertainment (which is completely out of yours truly's choice, except for learning foreign languages).

Say it aloud.

I want uninterrupted reading experience. Why can't we read texts when the book reader is open, and continue listening texts when the reader is closed? That way I can read while, say, on a bus, and switch to listening while walking. I seriously want this function; it's either this feature becomes realized or I die hitting my head on poles and stomping my feet into ditches while reading texts on my smartphone.

Follow me.

I have an attention-deficit problem, frequently losing where I am reading and re-reading a chunk of page. I would like the e-book to have a colored marker on the page moving at a constant speed. All I need to do is to follow the marker to keep the reading pace, therefore forcing me to pay attention and never losing track of where I am. It should even turns the pages automatically.

Translation on the spot.

I love learning languages. My current goal is to be able to read and write in Chinese and Spanish. Reading books in those languages is an excellent start, but referring to a dictionary does not work well with the reading flow. I would like the e-book to integrate Google Translation so that whenever I touch a word it shows up the definition immediately.


I want a fully-functional library system realized on an e-book. I can borrow unlimited number of books for a fixed monthly fee. After a certain period of time I lose access to those books. Simple, right? The library system will solve…

  • The school textbook dilemma, again. We lease a book for the term, and when done, return it back. That's what we want (not the scholars and publishers).
  • The short story collections dilemma. If I only want to read a section or a chapter in a book, I want to do that. People who say a book has to be read as a whole to properly get the idea obviously overlook the fact that most of us now buy singles in iTunes and are fine with it.