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Old 23rd Jun 2012, 11:24 am   #7
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Default Re: Digital hard copy?

The gist of the original question was how much paper would be needed to show the individual bits of a sound file i.e. each printed character would represent a single binary digit and could only be a 1 or 0.

As wireful3 implied, in an 8 bit ASCII text file, each byte can represent one of 256 characters that can be displayed or printed. This gives an 8 fold increase in storage density over printed characters representing a single bit.

Devices such as the Kindle use file formats such as EPUB and PDF to represent books etc. These formats are much more complex than simple ASCII text files, however, they use lossless compression to reduce the file size. This allows several thousand books to be stored in a few gigabytes of FLASH memory.

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