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Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 50–62 | Cite as

Reading with a Difference: eZoomBook and MyGame-4

  • Christine EvainEmail author
  • Chris De Marco
Article

Abstract

This article outlines the development of a tool called “eZoomBook”, that allows contributors to customize the length of documents and provide the end-user (i.e., potential readers on the platform) the means to “zoom in” or “zoom out” of the original document, thus giving readers a choice to read either the full version (always present on the platform) or modified shorter versions that contributors create using the eZoomBook tool and methodology. This article explores the ways the tool can be used to make reading more “learner-friendly” in the classroom setting and it highlights possibilities of having add-on applications to the platform such as learning games (MyGame-4U). It shows how the eZoomBook methodology combined with the MyGame-4u add-on has the potential to make reading more engaged, and finally opens up perspectives for development of other applications of the tool and areas for future research.

Keywords

Serious reading eZoomBook eZoomLayer Mygame-4u Book club Learning games 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank Mayleen Lacouture, the developer of the beta-version of the eZB platform.

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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication, Langues et EntrepriseEcole Centrale de Nantes, CRININantes Cedex 3France
  2. 2.Audencia RechercheNantes Cedex 3France

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