San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, c2010.
1 electronic text (xiv, 185 p.) : ill.
Part of: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.
Title from PDF t.p. (viewed on November 4, 2009).
Series from website.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-184a).
Generation 1: a new world of hypermedia
Generation 2: eBook hardware arrives
Generation 3: ePaper and the quiet revolution
Assumptions about reading
Purposes of reading
Types of reading
Layout, typography, and legibility
Studies of the effect of layout on readers' performance
Reading hardware and display technologies
Anatomy of an annotation
Functions of annotation
Status and value of annotations
Three navigation scenarios
Hardware for interacting with eBooks
Hardware that supports navigation
Essential but insufficient
4. Reading as a social activity
Collaborative search and reference following
Reading together as an informal act
Sharing the artifacts of reading
Reading to know what other people know
Aggregating annotations: the wisdom of crowds
Sharing encountered information
Sharing and recommending books
5. Studying reading
Types of studies
Performance metrics for reading
Surveys and questionnaires
Performing a field study of reading
Research questions and study design
Developing an interview script
In the field
6. Content: markup and genres
Page description languages
Digital rights management
DRM in use
Paper genres reborn
eTextbooks and course packs
New digital genres
eBooks and libraries
A pilot eBook program in a public library
eBook experiences in other libraries
Sustainability and digital preservation
7. Beyond the book
Beyond paper capabilities
Domain- and practice-specific capabilities
Portable personal libraries and collection-level functionality
Search at the collection level
Gathering and triage
Supporting browsing with computed visualizations
Metadata for personal digital libraries
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Google book search
Developments over the last 20 years have fueled considerable speculation about the future of the book and of reading itself. This book begins with a gloss over the history of electronic books, including the social and technical forces that have shaped their development. The focus then shifts to reading and how we interact with what we read: basic issues such as legibility, annotation, and navigation are examined as aspects of reading that eBooks inherit from their print legacy. Because reading is fundamentally communicative, I also take a closer look at the sociality of reading: how we read in a group and how we share what we read. Studies of reading and eBook use are integrated throughout the book, but Chapter 5 "goes meta" to explore how a researcher might go about designing his or her own reading-related studies. No book about eBooks is complete without an explicit discussion of content preparation, i.e., how the electronic book is written. Hence, Chapter 6 delves into the underlying representation of eBooks and efforts to create and apply markup standards to them. This chapter also examines how print genres have made the journey to digital and how some emerging digital genres might be realized as eBooks. Finally, Chapter 7 discusses some beyond-the-book functionality: how can eBook platforms be transformed into portable personal libraries? In the end, my hope is that by the time the reader reaches the end of this book, he or she will feel equipped to perform the next set of studies, write the next set of articles, invent new eBook functionality, or simply engage in a heated argument with the stranger in seat 17C about the future of reading.
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