Forget e-books; are you ready for virtual books?

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Updated. As an avid e-book reader and lover of gadgets, I love the concept of this “virtual” book. Siglio Press is offering 250 signed and numbered copies of a limited edition print book that requires a webcam and computing device to actually be read. Why? The print pages — a back-and-forth series of letters between two lovers — only have glyph-like symbols on the page. The book contents appear in virtual reality images on screen when the book is held in front of the webcam.

Here’s how it works:

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Is this project the most practical way to read a $24.95 limited edition book? Nope, but it may be the coolest one I’ve seen since Esquire‘s augmented reality magazine cover in 2009.

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