Guidelines for Designing Electronic Books

  • Ruth Wilson
  • Monica Landoni
  • Forbes Gibb
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2458)


This paper presents the guidelines emerging from the EBONI (Electronic Books ON-screen Interface) Project’s evaluations of electronic textbooks [1], which describe how e-learning content can be made usable for the UK Higher Education community. The project’s on-screen design guidelines are described, including recommendations as to which features of the paper book metaphor should be retained, and how the electronic medium can best be exploited. Advice on hardware design is also provided. Finally, accessibility issues are examined and practical considerations for the creators of digital educational content are discussed.


Electronic Medium Electronic Book Electronic Text Paper Book Font Style 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Wilson
    • 1
  • Monica Landoni
    • 1
  • Forbes Gibb
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information SciencesUniversity of StrathclydeStrathclyde

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