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The WEB Book experiments in electronic textbook design

Wilson, R. and Landoni, M. and Gibb, F. (2003) The WEB Book experiments in electronic textbook design. Journal of Documentation, 59 (4). pp. 454-477. ISSN 0022-0418

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Abstract

This paper describes a series of three evaluations of electronic textbooks on the Web, which focused on assessing how appearance and design can affect users' sense of engagement and directness with the material. The EBONI Project's methodology for evaluating electronic textbooks is outlined and each experiment is described, together with an analysis of results. Finally, some recommendations for successful design are suggested, based on an analysis of all experimental data. These recommendations underline the main findings of the evaluations: that users want some features of paper books to be preserved in the electronic medium, while also preferring electronic text to be written in a scannable style.

Item type: Article
ID code: 2511
Keywords: electronic textbooks, design, evaluation, usability, ebooks, Electronic computers. Computer science, Library and Information Sciences, Information Systems
Subjects: Science > Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
Department: Faculty of Science > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2007
Last modified: 21 Jul 2015 16:36
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2511

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