Technology Advances In The Mobile Computing
Business Applications of eBooks
While there are endless
possibilities of eBook application, vendors have found the following
applications among early adopters.
Distribution Companies: Update Data
To improve its circulation
management system, The Arizona Republic daily newspaper will incorporate
SoftBook Press document distribution solution into their computerized
distribution system. The solution will comprises of SoftBook® Press’
content preparation tools, Internet-based distribution technologies, and
SoftBook Readers™. Over 200 SoftBook Reader will be deployed to
Using SoftBook Readers with
SoftBook-based thin client application, delivery staff will be able to
download (via a phone line or office network) critical route information
each night from The Arizona Republic CIRC 2000 Circulation system to update
data, such as new customer information to vacation stops. In addition,
accurate route information and directions enable route drivers to eliminate
costly errors and missed deliveries.
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2. Financial Service
Firms: Decision-Making Processes
For financial services
companies, an eBook system can support consistent decision-making processes.
Presently, they rely on bulky binders, hard-to-read PC screens and CD-ROMs
for the distribution of procedure manuals, research reports, propriety
training manuals in order to support management decision processes.
The SoftBook® Press
solution for document distribution is well suited to the financial industry.
It is faster, more secure (documents can not be easily copied and
distributed to unauthorized parties) and more accessible for the
dissemination of lengthy documents at a lower cost. It leverages existing
work process for document creation and uses the existing corporate IT
infrastructure. SoftBook has a complete end-to-end system of publishing
tools, Internet-based document distribution and security technologies, and
the Softbook Reader™ to streamline and automate information delivery.
Via a telephone line or
office network, financial service employees can update investment reports,
policy manuals, or confidential directives automatically, which reduces the
risk of making critical and costly decisions based on outdated data.
The SoftBook system is also suited for employee training, via Softbook
Reader. Proprietary training programs can be downloaded into SoftBook
Reader, with its organization features such as hyperlinks, keyword search,
highlighting and annotation that can help transfer knowledge and change behavior.
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3. Electronic Companies: Operating
It is vital to the success
of electronics industry to manage critical information. For example, current
operating procedures for manufacturing and quality control represent an
enormous corporate asset. Enterprises must have effective processes in
place to update and distribute documents to meet ISO 9000 requirements.
This typically involves thousands of pages of changing information that need
to be distributed widely. Electronic books and dedicated document
distribution systems are uniquely will suited to these applications by
providing information in an accessible, management form, along with an
effective update system that accommodates information from multiple sources.
The SoftBook® Press system
leverages existing corporate work processes and networking. The solution
comprises of content preparation tools to convert documents into eBook
format; the network services for secure distribution of documents over the
Internet or corporate IP network, and SoftBook Reader™ device. SoftBook
Press has a variety of methods to distribute corporate documents, such as
SoftBook Express™ that enables authorized content producers to push
documents to multiple Softbook Readers. It will provide audit trails to
ensure automatic documents are updated and receipt notification. With
SoftBook Express, mobile workers can connect their SoftBook Readers to
the SoftBook network to receive the latest operating and service material.
built-in modem and Ethernet port makes it highly mobile and eliminates the
need for a PC. This allows companies to extend their corporate network to
the manufacturing plant floor and computer-less employees: field
personnel, operations and maintenance people or delivery drivers.
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4. The Medical and
Pharmaceutical Industries: Management and Distribution
The medical and
pharmaceutical industries have invested heavily in documenting processes and
procedures to comply with government regulation. To meet regulations,
they require effective information management and distribution solutions.
The most common form of document handling and distribution is the three-ring
binder or software applications to prepare and store length documents in
electronic format. However, these methods are inefficient and costly in that
updating tends to be periodic, the process is difficult to verify and
involves expensive printing and copying costs.
SoftBook® Press has
developed a complete end-to-end system for electronic document distribution
featuring the SoftBook Reader™, an eBook. The SoftBook system also
comprises of two other components, publishing tools and network services for
Internet-based document distribution. The system is designed to easily
integrate into current operations by leveraging existing document creation
processes and network infrastructure.
large documents this system replaces three-ring binders and hard-to-read PC
system allows workers to update content on an as-needed basis in real-time.
When Softbook Reader is connected to a phone line or office network, no PC
is required, the eBook can automatically update itself.
system provides an audit trail and confirmation that documents have been
updated, which makes it easy to verify that documents are meeting current
Reader offers 100,000 page capacity, touch-screen links, annotations and
For further information: http://www.softbook.com/enterprise/applications.asp