A Study on GUI Development of Memo Function for the E-Book: A Comparative Study Using iBooks

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 240)


Currently used electronic books (hereafter referred as “e-book”) do not reflect people’s memo-taking behavior patterns, as an intuitive Graphic User Interface (hereafter referred as “GUI”) is not used in e-books. A study was carried out to suggest a GUI prototype that applies users’ memo-taking behavior patterns to the memo function of iBooks to enable greater usability. The prototype herein suggested is a memo GUI prototype that can apply people’s real-life memo-taking behavior to the memo function based on the iBooks interface. For the next step, a usability test was conducted on the suggested prototype and the iBook’s memo interface through four environmental factors and eighteen evaluation factors. Five research subjects participated in the usability test on two types of interface, and a questionnaire was analyzed using a paired t-test (T-test). Analysis of the questionnaire showed that users were highly satisfied with the usability of the newly suggested prototype, compared to iBooks.


E-book application GUI Usability test 



This work has been supported by the Chung-Ang University research fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Design DepartmentChung-Ang UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Visual Design DepartmentChung-Ang UniversitySeoulKorea

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