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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    Charles Griswold, 1 May 2007 @ 3:17pm

    So much for that.

    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.

    Well, crap. I've been doing that since I was in grade school, but since it's been patented I'll have to stop or Amazon will sue me.

    Yeah, I realize I'm being absurd, but this patent is absurd. Since when have basic thought processes involving adding or subtracting 1 from a number been patentable.

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