Reading and Writing the Electronic Book (Synthesis Lectures by Catherine C. Marshall

By Catherine C. Marshall

Advancements during the last two decades have fueled enormous hypothesis concerning the way forward for the ebook and of analyzing itself. This e-book starts with a short ancient review the historical past of digital books, together with the social and technical forces that experience formed their improvement. the point of interest then shifts to analyzing and the way we engage with what we learn: simple matters comparable to legibility, annotation, and navigation are tested as elements of examining that eBooks inherit from their print legacy. simply because interpreting is essentially communicative, I additionally take a more in-depth examine the sociality of examining: how we learn in a gaggle and the way we percentage what we learn. stories of analyzing and booklet use are built-in in the course of the booklet, yet bankruptcy five "goes meta" to discover how a researcher may perhaps cross approximately designing his or her personal reading-related reports. No e-book approximately eBooks is entire with no an specific dialogue of content material instruction, i.e., how the digital ebook is written. for this reason, bankruptcy 6 delves into the underlying illustration of eBooks and efforts to create and follow markup criteria to them. This bankruptcy additionally examines how print genres have made the adventure to electronic and the way a few rising electronic genres could be learned as eBooks. eventually, bankruptcy 7 discusses a few beyond-the-book performance: how can booklet systems be remodeled into transportable own libraries? after all, my wish is that by the point the reader reaches the tip of this ebook, she or he will think built to accomplish the following set of experiences, write the following set of articles, invent new e-book performance, or just have interaction in a heated argument with the stranger in seat 17C in regards to the way forward for studying. desk of Contents: Preface / determine credit / creation / studying / interplay / interpreting as a Social task / learning interpreting / past the booklet / References / writer Biography

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See Space Filling Thumbnails (Cockburn et al. 2006) for a detailed description of such as technique. , reading to learn, as one would read a textbook, or reading for reference, as one would consult an encyclopedia). These assumptions about types of reading have dictated general eBook functionality and the specific facilities for interacting with eBooks. For example, the platforms assume that navigation will primarily consist of page turning: the reader will approach a book in a linear fashion, reading straight from beginning to end.

It has a low refresh rate, so it is more difficult to implement the facilities necessary for skimming, for scrolling rapidly, or for flipping through the 20 It should be noted that bistable displays cannot be read in the dark because they are not backlit. 7: Producing pixels using electronic paper display technologies. (a) Gyricon display. (b) Electrophoretic display. pages. Currently, the technology is still limited to black-and-white images, although various experiments to extend the technique to color displays are underway.

5: Anti-aliasing technique applied to smooth the “a” letterform in the Calibri typeface. Calibri is a new face, designed specifically for on-screen reading. (a) An “a” letterform without anti-aliasing applied. (b) An “a” letterform with sub-pixel anti-aliasing. displays, coupled with careful hinting of the fonts designed for on-screen reading. 15 Specifically, sub-pixel rendering techniques take advantage of the “stripes” in LCDs. That is, each pixel of an LCD consists of three narrow vertical stripes of color that the eye blends together; the pixel’s color is determined by the intensity with which each sub-pixel element is illuminated.

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