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Patent Application Titled "Customizable and Interactive Book System" Published Online

August 26, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Raccah, Dominique (Naperville, IL); Wein, Joe (Highland Park, IL); Cain, Marc (Chicago, IL); White, George A. (Walnut, CA), filed on July 10, 2012, was made available online on August 14, 2014.

The assignee for this patent application is Sourcebooks, Inc.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Parents and other caregivers are often in search of ways to amuse children. Two common means of amusing children are by providing digital content (e.g., through a television, computer, or mobile device) and reading a book to the child. While effective at amusement, providing digital content is in some cases distasteful to parents and caregivers because of its lack of personal contact and the limited ability of parents and caregivers to select digital content. Further, while also effective at amusement, some children are unable to read independently, and reading a book with a child takes time that many busy parents and caregivers cannot provide."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Accordingly, there may be a desire for customizable digital content for children. Through customization and, in some cases, narration by a parent or caregiver, the customizable digital content may provide an improved substitute for personal contact during times that parents and caregivers are busy. Further, the customizable digital content may allow parents and caregivers an improved ability to select and customize digital content.

"In one aspect, a method is disclosed that includes providing an application on a device, and receiving from the device via the application a selection of a book from a plurality of books. The book includes a plurality of customizable fields. The method further includes receiving from the device via the application a selection of at least one customizable field in the plurality of customizable fields and, for each of the at least one selected customizable fields, receiving from the device via the application a customization of the selected customizable field. The method still further includes, based on the customization for each of the at least one selected customizable fields, customizing the book to produce a customized book, receiving from the device via the application an indication of a plurality of additional users, and, for each additional user in the plurality of additional users, identifying an additional device associated with the additional user and providing the customized book to the additional device via an additional based application on the additional device. The method further includes causing the customized book to be printed.

"In another aspect, a server is disclosed that includes at least one interface, at least one processor, and data storage comprising a plurality of books and instructions. The instructions are executable by the at least one processor to provide via the at least one interface a web-based application on a device, and receive from the device via the web-based application a selection of a book from the plurality of books. The book includes a plurality of customizable fields. The instructions are further executable by the at least one processor to receive from the device via the web-based application a selection of at least one customizable field in the plurality of customizable fields and, for each of the at least one selected customizable fields, receive from the device via the web-based application a customization of the selected customizable field. The instructions are still further executable by the at least one processor to, based on the customization for each of the at least one selected customizable fields, customize the book to produce a customized book, and to receive from the device via the web-based application an indication of a plurality of additional users. The instructions are further executable by the at least one processor to, for each additional user in the plurality of additional users, identify an additional device associated with the additional user and provide the customized book to the additional device via an additional web-based application on the additional device, and to cause the customized book to be printed.

"In yet another aspect, a device is disclosed that includes at least one interface configured to facilitate provision by a server of a web-based application, at least one processor, and data storage comprising instructions. The instructions are executable by the at least one processor to receive via the web-based application a selection of a book from a plurality of books. The book includes a plurality of customizable fields. The instructions are further executable by the at least one processor to receive via the web-based application a selection of at least one customizable field in the plurality of customizable fields and, for each of the at least one selected customizable fields, receive via the web-based application a customization of the selected customizable field. The instructions are further executable by the at least one processor to receive via the web-based application a selection of a plurality of additional users, and provide to the server via the at least one interface indications of the book, the at least one customizable field, the customization for each of the at least one selected customizable fields, and the plurality of additional users. The instructions are further executable by the at least one processor to, in response to providing the indications to the server, receive from the server via the at least one interface a confirmation that the customized book has been provided to each additional user in the plurality of additional users and a confirmation that the customized book has been printed.

"The foregoing summary is illustrative only and is not intended to be in any way limiting. In addition to the illustrative aspects, embodiments, and features described above, further aspects, embodiments, and features will become apparent by reference to the figures and the following detailed description.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 shows an overview of an embodiment of an example system.

"FIG. 2 shows a block diagram of an example server, in accordance with an embodiment.

"FIG. 3 shows a block diagram of an example device, in accordance with an embodiment.

"FIG. 4 shows a flow chart of an example method for customizing a book, in accordance with an embodiment.

"FIG. 5 shows a flow diagram of an example method for customizing a book, in accordance with an embodiment.

"FIGS. 6A-F illustrate an example application of the method shown in FIG. 4, in accordance with an embodiment.

"FIG. 7 illustrates an example additional web-based application, in accordance with an embodiment."

For more information, see this patent application: Raccah, Dominique; Wein, Joe; Cain, Marc; White, George A. Customizable and Interactive Book System. Filed July 10, 2012 and posted August 14, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=273&p=6&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140807.PD.&OS=PD/20140807&RS=PD/20140807

Keywords for this news article include: Sourcebooks Inc, Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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