Interactivity in books

For my current project I’ve been looking into interactivity and books is an area of this that really caught my attention when I did some research. Here’s what I found out:

There are lots of different forms of book interactivity, most often found in children’s books as a way of getting them to engage better with the activity of reading to encourage interest.

Some of the main forms of interaction in books are: pop-up, lift the flap, touch and feel, hide and seek and sound books where a button corresponds to an image and the child pushes the button to make the sound when they see the image.

Another type of interactive book I’ve come across a few times involves a child sticking pieces (often made of felt or magnets) into the correct place on the book, or on a playmat to act out the story being read to them. This, I think, is one of the best forms of book interaction for children who struggle to sit still listening to a story, as it allows them to both read and play at the same time.

Pop-up books, whilst mostly aimed at younger children, can be interesting to people of all ages because of the 3D appearance they give and, as shown with the major interest in 3D films and 3D technology, this is something that appeals to a lot of different people.

From the point of view of an art student, I find these books the most inspiring as they show creativity and have been carefully thought out, illustrated and crafted to form books that, no matter what age the story is aimed at, appeal to people of all kinds.

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