I don't think I've ever seen one in an actual book. Magazines sometimes have them, though usually on the adverts.1) is anyone including QR codes in books?
No. Not only am I one of those no-smartphone Luddites, but I consider QR codes themselves to be a fairly annoying gimmick. Though not as bad as Twitter.2) would QR codes liking to media (video, audio) or additional resources be something you'd use if it were there?
There is a new technology coming out, though I don't think it's fully developed yet.If this thread is any kind of survey, 100% of people have no smartphones. Or only people without smartphones like commenting on subjects about smartphones. Or something!
Not having a smarphone doesn't make me a complete outlier by any means. In the US, as of September 2013, about 62% of the mobile market was smartphones*. The percentage is probably a bit higher in your target audience, but not having one doesn't make you all that odd.Unless you're a complete outlier, you have a smartphone on you, though, right?
Say I did have a smartphone - that screen is *tiny*. I'm not going to use it for game prep, or for reference during play. And, do I care about content you have that I'm *not* going to use at the table?Is it a policy thing that you wouldn't whip it out rather than try to do it with your laptop?
Thing is, when you look at the following URLs, they're not exactly all "type-in friendly".This talk of URL vs QR code is surprising to me. Thankfully there is an easy compromise: just put both in the book. That way people with smart phones have an easy link requiring no typing (I personally prefer this), and everyone else can just type the URL.
One assumes the implementation is competent, yep!It also depends on if the linked to content is mobile friendly. If you are linking to downloads then the user needs to share the link back to a desktop or laptop or download then to the device and transfer them from there.
On the flip side, having a link to a gallery of art isn't so bad as it could be mobile friendly.
Guess I have to read the whole thread then... because I don't see how it would alienate someone that already owns the book. They're already a customer, after all.The general feedback I've been getting here and elsewhere is very anti. It looks like it would alienate people rather than interest them, which isn't what you want in your book!
Yeah, I'd say that 90% of the people I interact with regularly have smartphones - my parents and one or two colleagues being the exceptions.(Edit - I can see where my perception came from. A little research tells me smartphone adoption here in the UK is 75%, and 50% of people have tablets - and the demographic I usually interact with is likely closer to 90%+; so I'm in an environment where I just don't come across people without smartphones, which is why I thought it so strange and alien).