Value-added in the Convenience of the Printed Page
But suppose you could combine all those pages into a customized, perfect bound book, digitally printed and delivered to your door in about 48 hours?
That's the idea behind PediaPress. Already up and running in 17 languages in 33 countries, it's now available in English and seems like a compelling way to aggregate a lot of content that may only be relevant to you, and in a more portable format than a bunch of loose pages. If an electro version is your preference, you can also create a PDF in book form.
You can read about it and view a short video here.
The video example uses a fictional planned trip as the foundation for creating a custom travel book. This seems like a perfect application and I'll actually try this out and report back on how well it works. I'm doing a cross-country trip next month with my daughter and will pull together Wikipedia info on some of the places we want to stop and things we want to see. I've already poked around the websites for details on some of the places, but there's no convenient way to extract and compile all the info I want. Maybe PediaPress will do the job.
So, one might ask, "What's wrong with just pulling all this info wirelessly and paper-free on a smartphone or iPad?" Good question. And the answer lies in the convenience of the printed page. Reading from even a great screen can be tiring and not every place has Internet or cell phone reception. And a book is a lot friendlier than the screen of a smartphone, laptop or iPad while cruising along the interstate at 80 mph or negotiating a dirt road in the desert. And for the two of us, a bound book will also be a great memento of our trip.