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The New Book Interface

Emily Todd

on 4 October 2012

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The Rise of e-Reading The "New" Book e-Readers A small electronic device shaped like a real book. What is an e-Reader? You can store multiple books, magazines, and newspapers. What can you do
with an E-Reader? What's in it for the user? Performance of the E-Reader Who uses an e-Reader
and Why? Statistics Why do people use E-Readers as opposed to other kinds of interfaces? -senses one's touch
can flip back with a simple click
flip "pages" with tip of finger
-adjusts text to the viewer's preferences
zooming in and out of text (text size)
can adjust brightness/orientation
-provides easy access to reading resources
with some, you can instantly define a word
library menu holds previously bought texts along with store for easy access
bookmark where you are and never again loose it
highlight particular passages
-can jump to any part of book with click of button or finger You can store your entire library on one device Compact and portable You can search the internet And unlike a normal book you can search the entire contents of a written work. You can create a mini library and fill it with your favorite things to read. You can still use a "bookmark" to indicate where you stopped reading. Unlike a book you can adjust the brightness of the screen and even read in the dark! You can even adjust the size of the font. Download virtually
any book imaginable Reasons for E-Reader Use as asked at research libraries around the world. There are a variety of eReaders, each built to meet the needs of the individual buyer. Most tech companies have developed an eReader of some sort.
All eReaders are designed to be user friendly, with most using interactive touch screens.
eReaders are also designed to be more portable than home computers. Varieties of E-Readers http://librarianbrain.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/ereader-comparsion-nov-2011.pdf Let's take a look at some different models of E-Readers... eReaders require a complex infrastructure in which to operate.
They require a reliable source of energy, access to the internet, a steady income, and generally moderate climates and clean environments.
Because of this eReaders are exclusionary.
These same traits limit eReaders in some ways. They must be recharged, they need access to the internet for new material, and some have issues with glare in direct sunlight.
Some eReaders require you to view advertisements while reading. Intended E-Reader Audience Uses for E-Readers eReaders can be altered with "jailbreaking"
They can be used as cheap alternatives to textbooks in schools
Good for self-publishing
Many advantages of self-readers are being curtailed by publishers How many
uses are there? Download books, magazines, newspapers, pdfs. Search the web. Preview the first chapter of a book before deciding to buy it. Buy apps to help manage your life. Check your email. This is your new library On the Horizon, or:
Already Here E-readers the dominant format by 2014

Offer more features not central to the text

Internet connectivity and increased A/V

Text overwhelmed by hyperlinks

E-books will resemble webpages Overt Changes to E-Readers The big four have means of harvesting data from e-readers

I.e., how far the reader progresses, time spent, and search terms

Kindle users agree to have information stored in Amazon's data servers

Companies can use this information to alter the actual content of books Current Role of Data Analytics Scholastic tracks data related to their "39 Clues" series

Sourcebooks integrates digital feedback into print versions

Amazon introduced "Kindle Serials"

Idea to encourage author-audience interaction throughout the writing process

Each episode can alter depending on audience feedback Analytics-Use to Alter Book Content "Amazon Kindle Touch Official Demo." Retreived from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMFPINdOWik.

Apple iPad Guided Tour." Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RjUS9Xlbx8.

Alter, Alexandra. "Your E-Book Is Reading You." The Wall Street Journal. 19 July 2012. Web. 3 Oct. 2012.

Ballhaus, Werner. "Turning the Page: The Future of eBooks." PWC. Web. 3 Oct. 2012.

Kessler, Sarah. "Closer Look At Amazon’s New Kindle Serials: Part Dickens, Part TV." Fast Company. 7 Sept. 2012. Web. 2 Oct. 2012.

Roxburgh, Stephen. "The E-Future." The Horn Book Magazine. Apr. 2012: 10-21. Web. 3 Oct. 2012.

Statistics from libraries.pewinternet.org Bibliography Watch how its functions are presented!
How E-Reader brands market user-friendly device: Many tutorials & demos are available through the product site--
many demos are available online because the user needs to orient oneself to the device itself (Oprah has a really great one her website)
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