Designing the Printed Book as an Interactive Environment

By Claire Timpany.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Reading a book demands a certain level of interaction from the reader. The cover must be opened and pages turned to navigate the information inside. Conventions have been developed over the life of the book to assist the reader in this navigation and provide orientation. The evolution of electronic reading material has given readers greater opportunities for interacting with their reading material, but many readers still prefer reading from a printed book. This paper investigates how the interactive organizational paradigm of hypertext can be implemented in a printed book to give the reader the opportunity for greater interaction and benefit from some of the advantages that electronic reading environments provide. The investigation in this paper follows an iterative design process in consultation with a panel of four experts. Through four rounds of consultation and refinement two potential solutions were developed for the incorporation of hypertext methods in a printed book.

Keywords: Book Design, Hypertext, Interactive Books

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.11-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 16.177MB).

Claire Timpany

Lecturer, Computer Graphic Design, Department of Computer Science, School of Computing and Mathematical Science, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Hamilton, New Zealand

Claire completed her Masters in Computer Graphic Design at Wanganui School of Design, New Zealand. She is currently a lecturer in Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, teaching both print and screen based papers. Claire’s main areas of interest and research are typography, print design and physical interaction design. Because of her love for both printed books and interactivity this is where her research interests lie. Her research is currently focussed on the way in which people interact with printed material and how the benefits of electronic media can be applied to traditional media, such as print, to aid it in developing and become more beneficial and keeping up with the digital age.


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