Why try to be a print book
when you can be smart?


“We are three students at Hyper Island. Consuming, digesting and rehearsing information is part of our daily business.

We recognised that although we belong to the digital age, we still prefer reading print. If only it wasn’t such a hassle to move an entire bookshelf full of books, when moving or traveling — which we do a lot. We asked ourselves and others, how do we consume books, what do we appreciate and what annoys us the most?

During our research we found interesting patterns and behaviours.

Following are the most interesting ones: The thing we expected was that people find it easier to take notes on paper. We watched people using the mark tool on a smart phone and tablet in ibooks. It felt clunky and unnatural.

Writing summaries proves to be essential, especially for those who read to increase their knowledge. “Taking notes helps to absorb information and refresh the memory later. It feels for me like taking out the „golden nuggets“ of a book and build my very own „knowledge bank“.”

Read the full Medium post here


Live translate has never been this effective.

Translating your text while reading is always complicated. Sometimes you even have to go to google translate to get it done.

We implemented translation within the application so that the users easily can highlight the part that they want to be translated, and it switches to the preferred language. Translating has never been this effective!



What notes can be. When design is human centered.

Reading creates a lot of mind activity. You get ideas, questions or just want to put your new found knowledge on paper. When doing this reading books you would usually go to your notebook, in a device maybe you'll turn to "notes", or some other application within your phone. Finding these bits and pieces of thoughts is never easy. When you find them again, you don't really know the context, what book/article? Why?

Having a knowledge bank within the reading application makes this a whole lot more simpler. You just choose "note" and write down your thoughts, the application knows what book, where in the book and saves it all. When you would like to review the notes of certain book, you just go back, and skim through them until you have the "refreshment" you need.

It takes a lot to recommend a book. But this is a digital read.

When reading a book or a longer article with a mobile device, you don't really want to share a whole book, lend it out, like you do with real books. When reading digital, our research showed how important it is to instead share bits and pieces. Maybe a paragraph or just a small quote that moved them in some way. By making the sharing part more intuitive and visual, the user can pick a piece and we will package it for them, beautifully.