The Readies by Bob Brown

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In 1930, Bob Brown predicted that the printed book was bound for obsolescence. The time has come, he insisted, “to rid the reader of the cumbersome book.” He invented a machine that would allow one to read books and any text extremely fast and in a hyper–abbreviated form. He called these abbreviated texts, with em–dashes replacing words, “readies." He envisioned sending the condensed texts through wireless networks. The Readies, describes these eponymously named abbreviated texts and his plans for a reading machine, but since he printed only 150 copies, the volume is practically unknown outside of a small circle of scholars. With this new edition, Craig Saper hopes to introduce Bob Brown's Roving Eye Press books to a new generation of readers.

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Published July 8, 2014 by Roving Eye Press.
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(“The Readies” itself, previously available only to those who could afford one of the 150 original copies, was reissued last year by Rice University Press, which is now entirely a digital print-on-demand operation.) The machine, Brown argued, would allow readers to adjust the type size, avoid pap...

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