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Evaluating electronic textbooks: a methodology

Wilson, R. and Landoni, M. (2001) Evaluating electronic textbooks: a methodology. In: Research and advanced technology for digital librairies : 5th European conference, ECDL 2001, Darmstadt, Germany, September 2001 proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2163 . Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 1-12. ISBN 3540425373

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Abstract

EBONI (Electronic Books ON-screen Interface) [1] builds on the premise to emerge from the Visual Book [2] and WEB Book projects [3], that appearance is important in the design of electronic textbooks, and offers an evaluation model, or general methodology, from which ebook usability experiments in a range of areas can be extracted and remain comparable at a basic level. The methodology sets out options for selecting material, participants, tasks and techniques, which vary in cost and level of sophistication. Results from each study will feed into a set of best practice guidelines for producing electronic textbooks on the Web, reflecting the requirements of students and academics throughout the UK.