Reading Desk 2.0

We’re busily preparing for tomorrow and Friday’s Books in Browsers conference here at the Internet Archive. In terms of the Open Library, the meeting will herald the release of a flurry of new features, including our new Full Text search and a redesign of the Internet Archive BookReader. (More on those later.)

It just so happens that when we moved into our new home — formerly a Christian Science Church — we inherited a bunch of furniture, including some classic old reading desks that came out of the church’s reading room. We’ve given them an update, and thanks to Raj, you can see Reading Desk 2.0:

Reading Desk 2.0, built by Jermaine, soon to be running the new IA touch bookreader!
Reading Desk 2.0, built by Jermaine, soon to be running the new IA touch bookreader!

Reading Desk 2.0 #bib10
Reading Desk 2.0, June, Brewster, Jermaine, Chris

Internet Archive Reading Desk #bib10
Brewster at the Desk

Woo!

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6 Comments

  1. Demar Cornwall
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Wow thats kool.

  2. Posted October 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Any chance of a build-list? What touchscreen are you using? What’s driving it? Want to know more!

  3. raj
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Note that no antique furniture was harmed in the making of Reading Desk 2.0

  4. Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Build list

    Hardware: HP L2105tm multitouch monitor, connected to laptops running Windows 7 with the HP touchscreen drivers.

    Software: The Internet Archive Bookreader (with mang’s new multitouch support code) running in Firefox 4 beta 6 for multitouch support.

    Grab the bookreader code at http://github.com/openlibrary/bookreader

  5. Marc Köhlbrugge
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    That’s pretty epic!

  6. Posted October 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Also, check out these old reading lamps that we restored… the wire insulation had rotted away and they needed to be rewired, which was difficult due to the three 90-degree turns in the armature!

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