The promise of multimedia enhancement in children’s digital storybooks

Adriana G. Bus, Burcu Sarı, Zsofia K. Takacs

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Apart from being vibrant, many children’s digital books offer a rich source for learning as is confirmed by meta-analytic findings. The present chapter pinpoints ways in which children’s books have been affected by digitization and which multimedia enhancements explain the boost these books provide particularly in groups of easily distractible children. There is increasing evidence for a positive impact of multimedia enhancements in digital books on children’s story comprehension, especially of building in camera movements and motion into static pictures to guide children’s visual attention. In contrast, common playful, interactive features reveal negative results although they might enhance children’s engagement. This article discusses new ways in which designers can use interactive features in a meaningful manner.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReading in the Digital Age: Young Children's Experiences with E-books
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Studies with E-books in Diverse Contexts
EditorsJi Eun Kim, Brenna Hassinger-Das
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783030200770
ISBN (Print)9783030200763, 9783030200794
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameLiteracy Studies
ISSN (Print)2214-000X
ISSN (Electronic)2214-0018


  • digital storybooks
  • multimedia enhancement
  • camera movements
  • interactivity
  • story comprehension
  • adult-child interaction


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