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In addition to books, magazines and newspapers, a new source of reading has appeared : the Internet. Therefore it is natural to think about presenting those Internet sources on the eReaders devices. There are at least 3 ways to think about reading from the web : 1. with an Internet Browser on the eReader, 2. by collecting web pages for reading later, 3. by aggregating RSS feeds.

Option 1 : Internet Browser on the eReader

Some eReader devices like the iPad, the aPad or the WeTab have a pretty good Internet Browser which allows to browse websites directly provided that there is an Internet connection.

The elements of this scenario are the following :

  • Roles : Website Author, website reader

  • Components : Search Engine, Website

  • Functionality : Search, getPageAtURL

See http://delicious.com/appepaper/internet_browser


Option 2 : Collecting Internet Pages for Reading Later

A second way to read Internet on an eReader consists of browsing the Internet on the desktop and flagging pages for later reading. When ready, the pages are bundled together into an eBook. Instapaper is such a “Read Later” service (http://delicious.com/appepaper/instapaper). Optionally the aggregated document can be sent by email to the eReader device.

The architecture elements of the “Read Later” scenario are the following:

  • Application Service : the Aggregator Service collects all pages that have been marked for reading later.

  • Components : Internet Browser, eReaderInbox (an Inbox for receiving documents on the eReader), eBookreader software (in case web pages are packaged as eBooks)

Option 3 – RSS Feeds Aggregation

A third way to read the Internet is to subscribe to RSS feeds and collect all the feeds in a RSS aggregator like Netvibes or Google Reader. If those feeds can be read online, a document can also be created from those RSS feeds at regular times and pushed into the eReader Device Inbox.

An example of such an RSS Aggregator is Tabbloid (http://delicious.com/appepaper/tabbloid).

The specific elements of this scenario are:

  • Application Service : The RSS Aggregator collects all new RSS feeds, generates a document and pushes it to the eReader device.

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