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User centered design of the digital book: why looking backward can help us move forward
Author(s): Jillian C. Wallis
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Paper Abstract

What is emerging from the digital book revolution is a state of technology that has brought new affordances to the book, such as search, hyperlinking, personalization, dynamic content, 24/7 access, automated indexing and summarizing, aggregated content, and new modes of reading and access. These could solve some of the issues users have with the static content of traditional bound volumes, but the technology so far has staunchly ignored the tried and true technologies of books, such as infinite resolution, high contrast, low glare, haptic navigation, typographic niceties, and the rights of first sale to borrow, lend, or resell a work. By exploring a survey of literature, reviews, and user tests, I intend to address the point of how the current concept of the digital book is an inappropriate tool for the user and the task of reading, and as a result not been enthusiastically embraced by the market. The collected evidence indicates that it is impossible to forget our past in our quest for the future, and that technology can help us to unite the disparate realities of analog and digital to create a truly digital book.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6076, Digital Publishing, 607602 (9 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.639795
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Jillian C. Wallis, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6076:
Digital Publishing
Jan P. Allebach; Hui Chao, Editor(s)

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