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What is an ebook? An interaction point of view. ...

What is an ebook? An interaction point of view.

The evolution of the interaction mode of the book at the dawn of the first successful ebook, how to understand it and how to design for it.

Presentation at the EbookLab 2011.

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Gestalt & interaction of the touch ebook Gestalt & interaction of the touch ebook Presentation Transcript

  • Gestalt & Interactionof the touch ebookThe strange case of Dr. Ebook and Mr. Device
  • What is a book?
  • “ 1. a written or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers. 2. a number of sheets of blank or ruled paper bound together for writing, recording business transactions, etc. 3. a division of a literary work, especially one of the larger divisions. - Random House Dictionary / Dictionary.com
  • “ 1. a written or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers. 2. a number of sheets of blank or ruled paper bound together for writing, recording business transactions, etc. 3. a division of a literary work, especially one of the larger divisions. - Random House Dictionary / Dictionary.com
  • “ 1. a written or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers. 2. a number of sheets of blank or ruled paper bound together for writing, recording business transactions, etc. 3. a division of a literary work, especially one of the larger divisions. - Random House Dictionary / Dictionary.com
  • “ 1. a written or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers. 2. a number of sheets of blank or ruled paper bound together for writing, recording business transactions, etc. 3. a division of a literary work, especially one of the larger divisions. - Random House Dictionary / Dictionary.com
  • The definition of book is already quite fuzzy fuzzy fuzzy fuzzy fuzzy fuzzy
  • Photobook
  • Gamebook
  • Popup books
  • What is a book, really?
  • “ You cannot open a book without learning something. - Confucio
  • An interaction view:
  • 1 We are conditioned by portion sizes: by default, we try to finish our food portion. Rolls B.J., Morris E.L., Roe L.S. (2002) “Portion size of food affects energy intake in normal-weight and overweight men and women”
  • 2 Closure: the mind’s tendency to see completeness of forms from an incomplete stimuli. Wertheimer M., Rock I., Palmer S. (early 20th century) Gestalt Psychology Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics
  • 1 + 2 Let’s think for a while of the book as a cognitive object perceived as a single item that satisfies a promise through reading.
  • The new coming of the ebook
  • Why didn’t ebooksreally work before Kindle?
  • Hitchhiker’s Guideto the Galaxy“A screen, about three inches by four,lit up […] a large red button at thebottom of the screen and words beganto undulate across it. At the same time,the book began to speak”
  • Star Trek’sPADD“Consisting of a large touchscreendisplay and minimalistic manualinterface or control panel (generallyonly one or two buttons), the typicalPADD is used for a variety of functions.”
  • “ I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx
  • book =
  • content +
  • physical support!
  • ebook ‣ screen resolution ‣ reflection & illumination ‣ weight
  • Kindle’s interaction paradigmis simple
  • open/closeprevious page next page read
  • (additional complexity)
  • open/close turn page read
  • ...or is it?
  • Don’t forget: habitshapes behaviours
  • The reading paradigm left-right (“western languages”)top-bottom gestalt
  • The touch age
  • Touch devices introduced a newinteraction paradigm
  • Skeuomorphism
  • Let’s look around...
  • BBC
  • The Economist
  • Financial Times
  • The New Yorker
  • Time
  • Interview
  • Type Specimen
  • book/turn + web/scroll
  • One idea
  • Francesc Trovar Spain
  • Davide Tarasconi Italy
  • Benjamin Law Hong Kong
  • ‣ WebKit engine‣ html5 (multimedia)‣ minimal admin debris‣ opensource (commercial use)‣ book:// identifier protocol‣ Hpub simple packaging
  • The overalluser experience
  • readMost ebook devices
  • read annotate
  • buy read annotate
  • find buy read annotate Kindle + Store iBook + Store
  • find buy read annotate discuss quote
  • borrow lendfind buy read annotate discuss quote
  • borrow lend PRIVATEfind buy read annotate discuss quote
  • SOCIAL borrow lendfind buy read annotate discuss quote
  • Each one is a potential service / app borrow lendfind buy read annotate discuss quote
  • 2 × 2 suggestions
  • for Designers1. don’t assume an interaction paradigm2. gestalt (closure) is critical
  • for Publishersfor Authors1. don’t forget the whole user experience2. the book experience is social - in its own way
  • “ Complicare è facile, semplificare è difficile. Per complicare basta aggiungere, tutti sono capaci di complicare. Pochi sono capaci di semplificare. - Bruno Munari
  • Davide ‘Folletto‘ Casali intenseminimalism.com @folletto folletto@gmail.comEbook Lab ItaliaRimini, 3-5 marzo 2011ebooklabitalia.com