I’ve been playing with a Kindle. Because it’s not available in Canada, I can only buy books or use it to read newspapers when I’m in the US (and I am fairly frequently). I generally like the interface. Visual cues of reading progress are nice and the device is comfortable to hold. But, I still like paper. I like marking up sentences, adding thoughts in the margin, and highlighting important ideas. I can do most of those things with a Kindle…but in an awkward, cumbersome way. Enter Printernet -custom printing for newspapers, magazines, and even wikis:
In the jargon of networks, this so-called “printernet” can have the same benefits as the Internet — massive parallel manufacturing with standards-based interfaces, real time production information and easy access for everyone. Each printer — the combination of the machinery and the intelligence that manages the machinery — is a print output node.
Each node is both part of the network and self-sufficient. When the nodes are working together mass customization of print product becomes commonplace at previously impossible speeds and quantities.