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Wanted to pick your brains on ebook platforms right quick. Or make a note to myself. Or both.

Wouldn't it be nifty if every ebook platform had a basic dictionary that integrated with its books? And that publishers were required (or incentivized--come on, is there a better word for this that has just been obliterated by marketspeak?) to provide definitions (and pronunciations) for any word that wasn't in the basic dictionary?

Just thinking of how many words I learned "from context" that weren't quite right. And how many words I learned and never looked up proper pronunciation for. But you know, if it had just been "press this word for definition and pronunciation" then...

Are there any platforms that even support per-item dictionaries that are then glommed into a platform-style dictionary?

I think there was something else I wanted to say. No idea what it might have been, though. Have been posting a lot of nonsense to twitter. Have been getting more twit-fiction published (I hate the terms: twisters, hint fiction... ok with twiction, prefer twit-fiction; personal preferences. eh.). Have a zombie poem due out "soon" (need to sign contract for). Life. Stuff.

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kaolinfire
Jul. 5th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Interesting. I don't want to pay for a number of dictionaries, though, with redundant information, and it sounds like then that the book itself doesn't have any information in a nicely integrated manner.
southernweirdo
Jul. 5th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
That would be great!

I would love for my kids to be able to get something like that for when they start reading "big kid" books. What a great educational tool that would be.
lunablack
Jul. 5th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yup, something where you could hover over the word and click the dictionary thingy would be awesome. Also special stuff for Shakespeare, where it's not only not in the dictionary, but referencing something else entirely, and also predates standard spelling.
kaolinfire
Jul. 5th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
hmm, yes, interesting. An annotations system in general that would plug into references. There I could see external references being something paid for.

I'm dreaming of frameworks. I think the structure would need to be cross-platform (or at least transplantable) to really find publisher buy-in at that level. Perhaps phase 2.
jongibbs
Jul. 5th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Interesting post. Ooh, and congrats on the zombie poem :)

Edited at 2009-07-05 07:54 pm (UTC)
kaolinfire
Jul. 5th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) Half expecting someone to come forward with "it's been done _____", which would be cool in itself. I do need to look at standards (I know Barnes & Nobel is embracing the ePub format--OPF 2.0 v1.0, OPS 2.0 v1.0, OCF 1.0 with its takeover of Fictionwise). See what's out there, what else has been suggested. That's where I start to fail. ;)
rezendi
Jul. 5th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
I believe the Kindle 2 does this now, and lets you plug in the dictionary of your choice, too.
kaolinfire
Jul. 5th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Will attempt to investigate =)
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