As I was staring at my book shelf looking for something to read, it dawned on me that that it would be so convenient to have all my books converted to eBooks so that I could read them on a kindle.
I don’t know about you but I am one of those people that likes to re-read some books over and over again. One of my faves is “Fools Die ” by Mario Puzo. I have read that book so many times that I am afraid the pages will crumble in my hands. It would be great if I could send that book to a service or a machine that would transform it into an eBook so that I could keep reading it for a very long time.
Now, some of you might say why don’t you just buy it on Kindle and avoid the cost of having this converted to eBook? Well there are a few reasons:
– Fools Die  is not available in a Kindle format yet and there is really no guarantee that it will ever be.
– I don’t see why I would have to pay the cost of a full Kindle book when I already freaking own it.
The only sticking points for such a service to exist would be cost and publisher rights. Cost is an issue because the service would have to cost no more than a penny a page, otherwise it becomes expensive really quick. As for publishers, they would probably not allow a service to copy their books.
I think a potential solution would be a sort of personal DVR for books that would easily scan any book that you insert in there and export it in a Kindle or iPad format for personal use only. I am pretty sure that such a technology exists today. It just needs to be commercialized. I even have a name for it: Bivo – The Tivo For Books. I would shell out a couple of hundred bucks for that.
What do you think? Would you buy a Bivo if such a thing existed?