One way to start off your Friday is opening up twitter and realizing that you’ve been featured on TechCrunch. Thanks to John Biggs for the informative write up. If you haven’t yet downloaded the Shelfie app, take a second and get it right here – Download Shelfie. Here’s the piece:
Shelfie is Shazam for your bookshelf
If you’re like me, you have a lot of Mad Magazine books from the 1970s, a classic copy of Oui from 1979, and three Hungarian cookbooks. In other words, you’re a well-read individual. But how do you get those books onto your reading device? Shelfie, that’s how.
Created by Peter Hudson and Marius Muja, Shelfie allows you to take a picture of your bookshelf and return a list of discounted or free ebooks for download. Muja and Hudson studied together at UBC and Hudson originally built software for hydrologists. Marius is a PhD in computer vision. Together they solved the “big data” problem of turning paper books into digital books.
“The idea for Shelfie came from a drunken argument between me and my friend Dan,” said Hudson. “We were discussing whether or not D-Wave’s quantum computer could be used to disprove the phenomenon of human free will. Dan had just read Stephen Wolfram’s A New Kind of Science and remembered a part that would prove his point. Frustrated that he couldn’t produce his trump-card citation Dan said ‘I wish there was a way I could get digital versions of all my paper books on my phone.’”
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