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February 2010

You might know I have taken one year of sabbatical leave. Already 2 months have passed.

I have used that time to deep-dive into the ePaper / eReaders market and trends. You can see the websites I have visited and tagged on Delicious (http://delicious.com/appepaper).

On appepaper.com I listed some ePaper readers and some applications of ePaper.

I have prepared some presentations about ePaper : 30+Ways to use a eReader and also one about ePaper Applications. I have written my first "paper" about Digital Rights Management.
After this phase of investigation and preparation, I'm now ready to go out and chase "ePaper" projects. Next week I start a phase of prospection which aims at measuring the BeNeLux eReading market potential.

Of course I did also take some free time, especially I did quiet some sport (Biking alone and with friends, Foot with Thomas, Running and WII Active). Unfortunately for the biking the snow conditions, the rain and low temperature didn't help to do a lot of KM. I'm now looking forward to the spring season which will make sport much more enjoyable.

How to share 1 computer with 40 kids ? YouTube : Microsoft Research project: Mischief http://bit.ly/cYFREV (from Twitter)
Drawing : Appe in the eReader Reference Architecture : (eRRA) http://bit.ly/aqcyIj (from Twitter)
I received my new visit cards http://www.appepaper.com/about-us (from Twitter)
[For those who don't read french, don't worry I'll translate this ASAP.]

Sur eBouquin.fr se tient actuellement un débat sur les DRMs, j'ai posté aujourd'hui mon analyse et vision sur les DRMs. Voici ce que j'ai posté:

J?étais justement en train d?élaborer ma petite théorie/analyse sur les DRMs?

Si on considère les deux extrèmes de la chaine : l?écrivain et le lecteur, et si chacun peut dire oui ou non aux DRMs, on a quatre possibilités :
1. Donner le pouvoir aux plateformes de la distribution
2. Bidouillages
3. Amour Impossible
4. Confiance Aveugle
Je pense que comme lecteurs nous devrons nous accomoder des DRMs au début mais je crois dans une évolution ou les DRMs sont progressivement supprimés.

Pour ne pas copier une tartine ici, j?ai fait un document à downloader:
Bien à vous


La luge topless: nouveau sport olympique ? http://bit.ly/dBAte2 (from Twitter)
ePaper has more application than eBooks for the publishing industry.  ePaper also offers solutions for the Retail Industry.

ePaper can be used to show product prices and promotions in the store and on the shelves.

Here are two suppliers who provide added value in the Retail Industry using "ePaper" : MariSense and ZBD.


Marisense's solution is called the Ella Retail Solution. "We [Marisense] believe that Ella Retail Solution introduces a brand new way to make your store operations more efficient and productive, and simultaneously improve customer satisfaction."

Marisense makes Large and Shelf labels using eInk:

Images Source : http://www.marisense.com/

ZBD uses a technolgy called Zenithal Bistable Display (ZBD®). "ZBD  is the first commercially available LCD that uses surface bistability ZBD's". It's a  "Completely new solution enabled by true electronic paper display technology that is flexible and thin, non-reflective, has excellent reading angle of over 170° and also optical characteristics similar to paper."
"ZBD?s electronic shelf labelling solution empowers retailers with the ability to manage pricing, promotions and product information at the point of purchase, dynamically. We offer a total store solution that is simple to deploy, and cost-effective store-wide.

Replacing paper labels with ZBD?s electronic shelf labelling solution makes commercial sense, because updating paper labels is time-consuming, labour-intensive, and often error-prone. But that is only part of the story. The real benefit from ZBD?s solution is the control that retailers gain from the system."

Image Source : ZBDSolutions.com

Having a look at DyA - Dynamic Architecture : http://bit.ly/ahojHv #EA (from Twitter)
LOL - Dacia Sandero Experts Courchevel - episode 1 - http://bit.ly/cKsz6j (from Twitter)
New Netvibes Page for Appepaper : http://www.netvibes.com/jfdeclercq#AppePaper (from Twitter)
Tout progrès dépend de l'homme déraisonnable (Europe 1, 28 Jan2010, 8H13) (from Twitter)
Dans une communication, le fond compte pour 7%, la forme pour 38% et la gestuelle pour 55%. via Blogasty09 http://bit.ly/dBYr0A (from Twitter)
The question was asked somewhere on Linked In.

For me, 'workflow' is related to the flow of people's work.

A Business Process is larger : in general it will include a workflow (represented by Actors roles and human tasks) except if this business process is fully automatic (which is in practice never the case).

BPM has M for "Management" in it so : How do you manage (Model, Assemble, Monitor, Improve) your processes and in particular your workflows.

See a part of the discussion here :

This question was raised on a French blog I'm following.

To summarize this article says it's "Urgent to Wait" for companies before deciding to invest in ePaper ereaders.The functionality and price has ti be considered carefully.

I believe there are at least 2 viable cases for ePaper readers in a professional context.

1. for those who spend a lot of time reading or proof reading (Research&Development,  Business Managers who need to review offers before they are sent out, publishers who want to read before printing...)

2. for those who want to print less and would accept an eReader as a company bonus

In any way, I recommend a large model with a screen size allowing to read A4 or letter documents (for example, the IREX DR1000S or equivalent)

In French:

.... l'utilisation d'un eReader doit être bien ciblée en entreprise. Entre un PDA, un Tablet PC, un Netbook, le cas d'utilisation devrait être bien étudié avant d'investir dans du ePaper.

Cependant, je pense qu'il y a au moins deux modèles viables:
- ceux qui passent beaucoup de temps a lire ou relire des documents (chercheurs, chefs d'entreprises qui doivent revoir les offres avant de les approuver, personnes travaillant dans l'édition...)
- ceux qui désirent imprimer moins et considèrent un lecteur ePaper comme un cadeau ou un Bonus que leur entreprise leur fait.


This Mirasol display looks really good. http://bit.ly/cnaanu (from Twitter)

Last edited on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 10:05:19 am.