Transforming books and the reading experience through interactive technologies

Guest Editors


Mohammad Obaid, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Ilgim Veryeri Alaca, Koç University, Turkey

Pawel W. Wozniak, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Lars Lischke, University of Stuttgart

Mark Billinghurst, University of South Australia



Important dates


• Deadline: January 31, 2017 -> February 13, 2017 (extended)

• Notification to the authors: February 28, 2017 -> April 10, 2017

• Camera ready paper: March 15, 2017 -> April 25, 2017

• Publication of the special issue: end of March, 2017 -> mid May 2017






Innovative systems in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) alter the way we read and understand texts fundamentally. The novel reading experiences shifts our perception and deliver the visual, textual and sensory data in exploratory ways. HCI altered reading systems can take into account the needs and the preferences of the user and transform reading environments with design features. The aim of this focus section is to investigate emerging book formats and reading experiences supported by HCI that can have benefits in education, well-being, sustainability and creativity. Visionary and artistic work as well as research in connection to reading via emerging interactive technologies will be overviewed.


Focus Section in IxDxA Journal stems out of a NordiCHI 2016 Workshop entitled, “The Future of Books and Reading in HCI”. It builds on the exchanges through the workshop, and it aims to reflect on how book systems will be altered in the future in radical ways.



Topics of Interests


• HCI transformed reading experiences evaluation methods and instruments

• HCI transformed reading in education

• HCI transformed reading case studies

• HCI transformed reading and play

• Augmented reality & novel reading experiences

• Transformations in relation to the future of books and reading in HCI

• Visionary interactive book experiences and their benefits

• Sensory books, reading experiences supported with special materials

• Accessories and inserted gadgets, altered vision in books

• Interactive books that support reading in special needs

• Interactive books that support creative thinking, cognition and narrative development especially in children

• Spatial transformations during interactive reading experiences

• The pros and cons of various interactive books and methodologies used

• The influence of novel book representations on understanding and cognitive processes

• Evaluation methods and approaches for interactive books and reading experiences.



Submission procedure 


All submitted papers must not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. PALX workshop participants are invited to resubmit extended versions of their papers following the IxD&A journal guidelines.

The manuscripts should be submitted anonymized either in .doc or in .rtf format. 
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Perspective participants are invited to submit a 8-20 pages paper (including authors' information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.). 
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines .

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics of the paper format can be found on the website of IxD&A Journal the where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors, publication ethics and malpractice are published.

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the contact guest-editor:

• mobaid (at) chalmers (dot) se

• ialaca(at) ku (dot) edu(dot) tr

• pawel (dot) wozniak(at) vis (dot) uni-stuttgart (dot) de

• lars.lischke (at) vis (dot) uni stuttgart (dot) de

• Mark (dot) Billinghurst (at) unisa (dot) edu (dot) au


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