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Key USER EXPERIENCE themes: (from infographic)

  • Annotate, Rate,Comment Share
  • Search inside
  • Indexing of full text

Supporting references

User experience -in general

From the University of Newcastle ebook curation case study

By working in partnership with academic colleagues to deploy ebooks where there are large numbers of students requiring access to the same material, and allowing students a say in which ebooks are purchased, the library feels it is making serious efforts to address the perennial challenge of responding to ” there aren’t enough books” comments. PDA has attracted very positive feedback from end users and the service has now been extended to provide PDA for print books using a fast track request system.

From: JISC TechWatch: Preparing for Effective Adoption and Use of Ebooks in Education,
November 2012.
[page 20-21]

One of the dominant advantages of the ebook is also one of the main disadvantages. Most ebook formats allow the user to resize the text and as a result the text will reflow to match the changed size of text. In a similar way, the same ebook on different readers will reflow differently because of varying screen sizes. As a consequence, the text on page 143 of an ebook in one e-reader could be different to that on page 143 when the ebook is viewed on a different reader, or when the text is a different size. Referring to a quotation from a book requires the writer to note the page number. Whereas ebooks in PDF format often have page numbers, other ebook formats do not always display page numbers consistently. When quoting from an ebook on an ebook reader, it is wiser to use instead the chapter and (where possible) section36 to indicate the location of a quoted span of text. To help address this problem, some ebooks provide an indicative page number for content so that it can be referenced consistently (even if the actual page number varies). Learners will need additional guidance on how to cite ebooks that are held by the institution.’

Annotate, Rate,Comment Share

From: JISC TechWatch: Preparing for Effective Adoption and Use of Ebooks in Education,
November 2012.
[page 20-21]

‘One of the major differences between printed books and ebooks is the ability of users to share their notes and annotations with others. Users may share with other individuals, with groups, or even make their notes and annotations public. This form of sharing has implications for how learners use books to support their study. In the past, sharing notes would have been rare and restricted to the learner’s immediate peer group. With ebooks, learners can share and access notes from other learners on their course or at other institutions. They can also access notes and annotations made by learners in previous years. This will change how students approach reading recommended texts and could alter their viewpoint because of the bookmarks, notes and annotations they can view as they read the ebook.

[page 25]

‘Learners nevertheless may also want to copy ebooks to mobile devices to allow them to access these ebooks whilst they are at work, at home, or travelling. The ways in which learners want to use, share, copy and distribute ebooks generate new challenges for both publishers and institutions.’

Search inside

From the University of Hertfordshire ebook curation case study
Even though using ebooks may represent a difficult transition for some students to adopting new ways of working, the University has noted that students are increasingly recognising advantages; for example students like the ‘find’ capability.

From the University of York ebook curation case study

Even where some content is already available -e.g. in microfilm-the old formats cannot compete with the searchability of an online resource.