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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.


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.
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.

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