Proceeding of the Twenty-Sixth Annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Florence, Italy, April 05 - 10, 2008). CHI '08. ACM, New York, NY, 705-714.
Displaying scanned book pages in a web browser is
difficult, due to an array of characteristics of the common
userís configuration that compound to yield text that is
degraded and illegibly small. For books which contain only
text, this can often be solved by using OCR or manual
transcription to extract and present the text alone, or by
magnifying the page and presenting it in a scrolling panel.
Books with rich illustrations, especially childrenís picture
books, present a greater challenge because their enjoyment
is dependent on reading the text in the context of the full
page with its illustrations. We have created two novel
prototypes for solving this problem by magnifying just the
text, without magnifying the entire page. We present the
results of a user study of these techniques. Users found our
prototypes to be more effective than the dominant interface
type for reading this kind of material and, in some cases,
even preferable to the physical book itself.