iPad Books and the Reader Experience (Roundtable 6/2/11)

The DBW Roundtable is a live, interactive webcast featuring some of the most outspoken industry professionals gathering to discuss and debate the hottest publishing issues of today.

In this bi-weekly 1-hour WEBcast, the Roundtable offers insight into the greater book publishing ecosystem with actionable case studies from practitioners in publishing.

For this special solo edition of the Roundtable Peter Meyers, author of Enhanced Ebooks Today and Tomorrow and the upcoming Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience, will lead attendees through a fast-paced tour through a dozen or so books in the iPad section of the App Store.

Peter’s goal is to spark a discussion on “the Reader’s Experience”—that elusive, almost trance-like state we all enter when devouring a (typically) print book. Do these app books deliver the same kind of immersive feeling among readers as print books? If not, why not?

Peter will break the tour down into three big categories:

  • Navigating the Book: page browsing methods, search, and discovery
  • New Kinds of Content: gamefication, interactive graphics, and transformative multimedia
  • Extras for and From Readers: typography, comments and commentary, and servicing reader queries

In each category, he will shine a spotlight on noteworthy apps: either they succeeded in pleasing the reader in an innovative way or they failed in a manner that felt instructive — doing something wrong that we could all learn from.

This special Roundtable episode will appeal to anyone involved in digital publishing interested in understanding the current landscape of enhanced ebooks and apps. This will not be a technical how-to WEBcast, but rather a survey of creative choices that amplify (or detract) a reader’s engagement with digital books.

The Roundtable was broadcast on June 2nd at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST. The next Roundtable will be held on June 30th at 1 PM EST / 10 AM PST.

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  • Matt Mullin, Community Relations Manager, Digital Book World

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Peter Meyers is an author and digital book producer. He writes about and helps companies create reader-friendly digital books. Author of Best iPad Apps (O’Reilly, 2010), Peter’s next book is Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience (O’Reilly, 2011). Peter blogs at www.newkindofbook.com and can be found on Twitter @petermeyers.


2 thoughts on “iPad Books and the Reader Experience (Roundtable 6/2/11)

    1. Matt Mullin Post author

      Thanks for the alert Graham! We’ll get it reconverted and uploaded ASAP. It seems to be a problem with the .mp3 version, as the video is working fine.



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