iBookmark: locative texts and place-based authoring

Johannes Schöning; Tom Bartindale; Patrick Olivier; Dan Jackson; Antonio Krüger; Jim Kitson
In: CHI EA '09: Proceedings of the 27th international conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems. International Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA-09), April 4-9, Boston, MA, USA, Pages 3775-3780, ISBN 978-1-60558-247-4, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2009.


With the recent developments in ePaper technology, consumer eBook readers have display qualities and form factors that are approaching that of traditional books. These eBook readers are already replacing paper in some commercial domains, but the potential of eBooks to extend forms of writing and storytelling has not been significantly explored. Using the digital and dynamic characteristics afforded by eBook readers, we are developing iBookmark, a GPS-enabled eBook reader. In iBookmark, writers can create stories that change in response to the location of the eBook itself. By setting context variables based on current and past locations of the eBook reader and using these in the rule-based generation of text and illustrations. We are developing new rhetorical device for writers that extend the expressive range of eBook delivered stories.

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