Making eBooks Smarter: Responsive Page Design

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

Tuesday 13th March, 2012

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

Some ebooks are print edition replicas, some are overstuffed mediafests. Neither fulfill one of screen publishing’s biggest promises: adapting content to meet readers’ needs. The digital page can do much more than its “dumb” static counterpart. Possibilities range from memory-coaxing character summaries embedded “beneath” the digital canvas to continuously streamed in updates. Join author Pete Meyers (“Breaking the Page”, O’Reilly) for a lively group chat. He’ll kick off with a fast-paced tour of digital document design principles and best practices. From there he’ll help attendees compare modern readers’ most pressing needs to the kinds of just-in-time services digital books can deliver. Together we’ll swipe away the notion that digital book design is just about picking fonts or adding video. It’s about shaping content on an infinite canvas so that ebook readers become ebook lovers.

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Peter Meyers

Page Breaker Productions

Author and digital book architect. I write about and help people create reader-friendly digital books. Author, “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience” (O’Reilly).

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11 attendees

  • Andy Pressman
  • Ben McCanny
  • David Kjelkerud
  • andrea davis
  • Henrik Berggren
  • Peter Meyers
  • Renda Morton
  • Steve Portch
  • Ken Burke
  • Tyler Murray
  • Mary Beth Faccioli

13 trackers

  • Anna Uleander
  • Calvin Ly
  • Chip Brantley
  • Christopher Allen
  • Jon Feldman
  • Josh Clark
  • Jen Simmons
  • Daniel Hansson
  • Marko Karppinen
  • Rachel Lovinger
  • Shay Howe
  • Todd Budnikas
  • Todd Sattersten

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Tue 13th March 2012


Capitol View North, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

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