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Higher Education Textbook publishers are adapting to the growing need of eBooks as the textbook consumption has shifted from physical books to digital devices and hence an imperative need in the publishing process.

Designing an interactive and engaging eBook is always a tedious task and an extremely challenging one too, for publishers. In order to foster interactivity, design elements must be included in the higher education textbooks so as to make these engaging and relevant to the students.

Here is a checklist as a guideline for ePublishing higher education eBooks:

a) Layout – Choose the right one:

The visual appeal of a book is determined by its layout. Learners lose interest if quality content and better reading experiences are not provided. Digital Publishing has two layouts – Fixed and Reflowable. Depending on the content type, layout needs to be established.

Generally, books with a lot of content must go for reflowable content for ease of reading, adjusting to the screen size of the devices they read/learn from. A book with more images/diagrams must go for a fixed layout.

A right layout will really enhance the reading experience for students.

b) Format – Keep it extremely simple:

Students must be able to find the content they are looking for in an easy manner without having to spend lots of time zooming, panning the pages. The pages of the book must be clear, neat and non-cluttered providing easy access and navigation.

Since eBooks are accessed on smart devices an easy to locate menu will assist. The design must be visually appealing to the eye of the reader.

c) Thumbnail – Select the right cover page:

eBooks must have a visually attractive cover page/image which is relevant to the course subject as it is a customer attraction tool. Ensuring the thumbnail image is clear as much as possible, so that graphics and text are clearly readable.

d) Navigation – Ensure ease of access:

eBook is popular for a few good reasons – ease of access anytime anywhere, convenience. Apart from layout and design, ease of access is also very important.

Pages within the eBook must have a quick load time, zoomable, and have no difficulty traversing through different pages and links.

e) Interactivity – Include elements:

eBooks standout when you as a publisher incorporate graphics so that users get engaged and advanced features apart from external hyperlinks, explaining the concepts in a detailed manner.

Higher Education Ebook Publishers are to ensure that there are multimedia interactive elements included in the higher education textbooks fostering better engagement.

Further inclusion of audio and video in learning lessons will improve understanding of concepts for students. Other features such as AR/VR simulations, assessments, quizzes, slideshare etc, will make eBook alive.