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The Concept

Now that everybody has a computer, everybody will naturally write, edit, and print documents on the computer. As a result, more and more documents accumulate in machine readable form. Little has been done toward letting users read documents once they are written. If we have a computer between us and the document, we should be able to take more advantage of it than just having it print a hard copy that we later read.

Why shouldn't we be able to:

The idea I'm exploring is ``Computer Assisted Reading''. It's a field I've seen little done with, and it's a far more universal need than even, say, VisiCalc. I'm calling the program ``Auto Book'' because it implements an automatic intelligent book. It also might be called the ``Reader's Workbench''.

Editor: John Walker