As a society, we need an open source device for reading. Books are among the most important documents of our culture, yet the most popular and widespread devices we have for reading — the Kobo, the Nook, the Kindle and even the iPad — are closed devices, operating as small moving parts in a set of giant closed platforms whose owners’ interests are not always aligned with readers’.
The Open Book aims to be a simple device that anyone with a soldering iron can build for themselves. The Open Book should be comprehensible: the reader should be able to look at it and understand, at least in broad strokes, how it works. It should be extensible, so that a reader with different needs can write code and add accessories that make the book work for them. It should be global, supporting readers of books in all the languages of the world. Most of all, it should be open, so that anyone can take this design as a starting point and use it to build a better book.
Whenever someone asks what “putting your money where your mouth is” means, just link them to the Open Book.
One just needs a soldering iron and to write some code? LOL I agree proprietary, walled garden e-readers are a problem but how is this a real solution beyond some niche users? You are just limited to reading public domain/Creative Commons licensed works right? Someone please explain it to me if I am misunderstanding this.
Personally, I prefer good old fashion dead trees for reading… No electricity, toxic batteries, or DRM. One can buy physical books used, borrow from a library, and can pass on to a friend all legally. The original open book project!