(i9) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication oo) Pub. No.: US 2007/0005616 Al
Hay et al. (43) Pub. Date: Jan. 4,2007
(75) Inventors: George M. Hay, Lighthouse Point, FL (US); Gerald Rasmussen, Coral Springs, FL (US)
NOVAK DRUCE & QUIGG, LLP
1300 EYE STREET NW
400 EAST TOWER
WASHINGTON, DC 20005 (US)
(73) Assignee: George M. Hay, Lighthouse Point, FL (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 11/350,277
(22) Filed: Feb. 9, 2006
Related U.S. Application Data
(62) Division of application No. 10/067,976, filed on Feb. 8, 2002, now Pat. No. 7,020,663.
(60) Provisional application No. 60/294,439, filed on May 30, 2001.
(51) Int. CI.
G06F 7/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 707/100
An electronic book on a computer readable medium, e.g., a CD or the like, has "real-life" pre-recorded audio (preferably, in MP3 format) and visual text (preferably, in RTF format) seamlessly linked together via a linking file (preferably, in XML format) such that a reader can switch back and forth "at will" between visually reading on a computer display screen and/or listening to the book being read aloud by an actual narrator. The computer readable medium includes a reader program installed thereon and an automatic installation program. A novel process for creating the electronic book includes a creator program that may have a similar graphical user interface to the reader program. The electronic book may combine advantages of physical hardcover books with new e-reading functionality developed by the present inventor.