Evaluating ebook design
There are so many types of ebooks it was difficult to know where to start...
I even started to question what the difference was between an ebook and a website!
The difference for me is that you can 'read' an ebook without the internet.
After much reading and clicking I think ebooks (or tech books) are (and should be) more similar to websites, in terms of multimedia content and options, than regular text books.
From the ebooks I looked at there were 3 key design features
Lynell Burmack provides evidence that colour:
1. improves learning & retention, 2. increases motivation 3. increases willingness to read
Plus techbooks are not printed like textbooks.
I can be as colourful as I want
Videos are great teaching tools and my students love them.
I wasn't sure about using them in ebooks (I was thinking ebooks were like kindle books, but many ebooks would accessed on tablets- making videos an excellent resource)
I also found the use of blank pages interesting.
In normal text books blank pages are a waste of money, but as techbooks are not printed we can use blank pages for student's to personalise their learning.
Great for encouraging autonomous learning!