Changing Typographic Elements of eBooks without Disturbing the Reader’s Experience: The Basis for a Richer Story
Thijs de Boer
The book has become digital but it is still a static book. To make the book more interesting, an extra layer could be added. A layer with more ‘information’ that intensifies the story at the right moment. To lay a base for these developments, it is necessary to know if elements can be changed without disturbing the reader’s experience.
By creating a program for an eReader (in our case the iPad), we tested how the reader responds to changes on the page while reading. With the use of recorded reading times and a questionnaire, we analysed if the changes influenced the immersion of the reader and therefore the reader’s experience.
Although a substantial number of people indicated the changes as not positive, from the reading time measurements and immersion questionnaire we concluded that it is possible to change elements without disturbing the immersion.
Thijs de Boer, "Changing Typographic Elements of eBooks without Disturbing the Reader’s Experience: The Basis for a Richer Story", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2010