Ben Bajarin’s article on “Reinventing the Book for the Digital Age” explored the brilliance of using digital publishing to blow the cobwebs off dusty old paper editions to create a better reader experience. Ben’s article cruises through a world of imagination and wonder exploring the learning potential enhanced books can provide for both children and adults. Ben’s article helps us to appreciate how beneficial it can be to combine words with multimedia generating a powerful reader experience, and there is money to be made. Ben explains:
“…books are more than just words on a page. They are experiences. Good books allow the imagination to powerfully experience a story. Books in the digital age have an opportunity to capitalize on these experiences — experiences that have in the past been limited to words on a page due to printing being an analogue medium. With the advent of tablets, an opportunity exists to evolve the book experience by taking advantage of new technologies.”
My grandmother always said “A picture is worth a thousand words”
The adage refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. It also aptly characterizes one of the main goals of visualisation making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly.” Wikipedia
This clearly illustrates just how powerful it can be to convert a book to digital versions.
Digital versions add interactive content such as web links, videos, audio, and image galleries and so on. It also allows the reader to share this content with teachers, friends, classmates, family and colleagues via email and social networks such as Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
Ben Bajarin’s article discusses how eBooks are innovative for children and learning. He claims that children’s books and textbooks are an area where he is noticing experimentation. Authors are digitally recreating their editions so that they can be used on mobile devices such as iPad and Google Tablet. These editions include interactive content such as sound effects, games and puzzles. Ben claims:
“These books are helping children engage in reading, learning and many other kinds of important aspects of development.”
Not only does converting book to digital versions improve reader experience it also helps the author in tweaking content for a specific target group, and to find out what readers are viewing most through analytical integration.
The neat thing about digitizing editions is that authors can simply purchase software to convert their content for them. They do not need a degree in coding, in fact, no coding is necessary at all. All they need to do is install software on their Windows or Mac to create digital magazines from their PDFs. This creates an interactive book that allows page flip, zoom, animation, Keyword searching, Full stat reporting, Printing and they can even produce offline editions which they can share via USB, DVD or CD.
Authors can then output their online versions for viewing on Browsers and on mobile devices. They can also provide content in an App where readers can download it to their device for offline reading; they can even sell their editions digital book stores from the likes of Amazon and Apple.
In conclusion, books can be re-created by converting them to digitally enhanced books which allows for a more powerful, memorable reading experience for children and adults. Authors can benefit from the tool by targeting audiences of people using tailored rich media and make money too. Why not give it a go today?