Amazon has been busy filing patents for what it is calling a “electronic input device”. Which has been designed to record and analyse notes made by its users in multiple types of content. Together with details on a second patent that will enable users to collaborate on a single, digital work using multiple devices.
But whether either of these new recently patented devices will ever become available for Amazon’s range of Android tablet is yet to be discussed. The patent explains the “electronic input device” as:
“Methods and systems for receiving and distributing annotations of a digital work include receiving an annotation of the digital work, storing the annotation, and providing the annotation to a user. The user may be required to submit a valid authorization credential for the annotation. Annotations may be textual or graphical, and may be associated with particular content in a digital work.
Indicators may be displayed to identify content in the digital work for which annotations are available. A user may exchange compensation or perform a specified action for access to an annotation. Some or all of the compensation received for an annotation may be distributed to the author of the annotation. Multiple annotations may be listed in an order based a criterion, such as ranking, price, or date of receipt. Users that purchase a digital work may automatically receive an authorization credential to receive annotations of the digital work.”
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