Interactive eBooks are electronic books that engage readers both mentally and physically as they flow from one page to the next page. They make reading absorbing as a result of their winning design which hosts features that keep readers interacting with content. Interactive eBooks majorly inform of applications. Depending on the target audience, the applications are supported by devices with different operating systems (android, windows, iOS, etc.). Children’s books are largely applying interactive eBooks to pass knowledge and information to young readers; this is because the concentration span of children is very limited compared to that of adults. This does not, however, mean that interactive eBooks for senior readers are not in existence or cannot be designed.
What are some of the features of interactive eBooks?
Touch; with touch, the font sizes can be easily increased and decreased depending on one’s preferences. Touch enhances visibility of texts by eliminating struggles and strains the come with reading very small texts; readers therefore remain comfortable since the choice of font sizes is at their disposals.
Interactive media; the most common one is sound, although some other interactive eBooks have videos embedded within their design. Sound comes in place when a person simply wants to listens to the words without necessarily reading them; when one is physically engaged but mentally free (for example while jogging around), sound players a greatly role in keeping the content unfolding.
There are also cases where sound can come inform of music; as the reader reads along, soft background music plays to keep the reading experience entertaining.
Videos can also be included within an interactive eBook. They are very useful especially where practical demonstrations are coupled up with texts to enhance understanding.
Text highlights; Text highlights come in different forms. The first form allows key texts that are considered important to be highlighted in different colors for future reference. It is common for readers to come across new vocabularies, or new useful information in their reading experience. Interactive eBooks therefore offers room for such occurrences since a reader can mark new vocabularies in one color, and some new useful piece of information that may come inform of a sentence or even paragraph in another color.
Text can also be highlighted when the sound is put into effect, as the voice reads across the book; the particular texts that are read by the sound are highlighted in a given color. This is a read along text highlighter.
Animations; animations are very common with children’s interactive eBooks. They simply add up a visual clue to the ideas expressed in raw texts.
Graphics; Graphics majorly uses different background colors to break monotony in the reading experience. An interactive eBook can be designed in such a way that each page gets a different background color and texture.
Are there any advantages attached to interactive eBooks?
Interactive eBooks brings on board an entirely different new reading experience. They make reading more of a reality than an imagination; they also make reading more engaging and therefore breaks monotony and boredom that comes along with reading full pages of plain texts.
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