Amazon Patents Counting Book Pages To Figure Out Unnumbered Page Numbers

from the doing-the-math dept

theodop writes "The USPTO has issued Amazon a brand spanking new patent for Determining Page Numbers of Page Images, a process which the e-tailer explains involves 'extracting all numbers that are exactly one different than a number found on an adjacent page'." Basically, they've figured out a way to look at pages in a book and see if some of the pages don't have numbers, and then use basic addition and subtraction to figure out what the actual number of those pages are. This isn't particularly complicated. Why should one company get a patent for it?

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    Mike, 1 May 2007 @ 4:10pm

    can you patent math?

    So, by looking at a book with a certain number of pages in it, the use a process to find out that the book actually has
    09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0: 25 pages in it?

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