Designing the Digital Book

University of Maryland, College Park
A.V. Williams Building, Room 3258 Directions/Map

May 30, 2002, 10am - 4pm 

(registration will begin at 9am)

During the past decade, there has been a surge in the popularity of the digital book. We invite librarians, authors, illustrators, publishers, HCI researchers, and other interested stakeholders to join us in discussing user interface issues related to the digital book. Our goal is to better understand the many questions that surround the design and creation of digital books. What advantages does the digital book have over the physical book and vice versa? Should books that are "born digital" be treated differently than those that are scanned? How does the type of book or its anticipated use influence the design (e.g., lengthy text book vs. picture book)? What about the audience (e.g., children vs. adults vs. elderly)? What role does display size play? By answering these questions today, we can better create digital books for tomorrow.


Want to participate?

  1. Submit a position statement (max one page) to stating your interest and what you would present at the workshop.
  2. When your participation is confirmed, register using the Symposium and Open House registration form. We hope you will also join us for the main event, the Symposium and Open House May 31.

We plan to limit the number of participants to 20-30 so we will give first consideration to participants who are actively involved in research or development in this area.


10am Welcome

10:15am Morning Presentations

The International Children's Digital Library
Juan-Pablo Hourcade, Ben Bederson, Allison Druin, Anne Rose, Yoshifumi Takayama, Ann Carlson Weeks
Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, University of Maryland

Erica Olmsted
U.S. Bureau of the Census

Creating a Web-based Version of the Pink Book
Susan Allison, Sanjay Koyani, Cari Wolfson
National Cancer Institute

Explore Computer Programming Concept in Action
Irene Tseng
Gallaudet University

Illuminating Books: The William Blake Archive
Matthew Kirschenbaum
University of Maryland

12:30pm LUNCH

1:30pm Afternoon Presentations

Digital Books for the Legal Profession
Peter Wasilko
The Continuity Project

The Future of eBooks
J.P. Behrens

2:15pm Book Reader Testing
11 e-book readers will be installed on machines in our lab and available for testing.  Afterwards, we will discuss what we liked, didn't like and design goals for the future 

3-4pm Discussion and Wrap Up NOTES


Related Papers

Hourcade, J., Bederson, B., Druin, A., Rose, A., Farber, A., Takayama, Y. (January 2002)
The International Children’s Digital Library: Viewing Digital Books Online
HCIL-2002-03 , CS-TR-4327 , UMIACS-TR-2002-09

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