Turning the Pages of an eBook - Realistic Electronic Books

Posted in Conferences, Companies on July 15, 2007

Turning the Pages of an eBook - Realistic Electronic Books

Google Tech Talks
June 26, 2007


An electronic book is defined as a digital book that not only captures the affordances of a physical book, but also transcends the limitations of its paper counterpart. There is much debate as to whether the use of the book metaphor is appropriate for an electronic document. User studies suggest that current popular document presentations (HTML and PDF) are not always the most convenient, or the most comfortable, for the reader. On the other hand, while realistic physically-based computer models of books have been around for years, they are rarely deployed in practice. I suggest that this happens not because of any proven drawbacks, but is purely technological.

In this talk, I will describe and demo a lightweight realistic book implementation that allows a document to be automatically presented with quick and easy-to-use animated page turning, while still providing readers with many advantages of electronic documents, such as hyperlinks and multimedia. I will also review computer graphics models for page-turning, from complex physical models based on the finite element method through 3D geometric models to simple "flatland" models involving reflection and rotation -- which is what the demo uses.

Speaker: Veronica Liesaputra

Veronica Liesaputra is a PhD candidate at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She is supervised by Ian Witten and funded by a scholarship from Google.

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