Bookplex: Enhancing a Digital Book with a Reading Recommender
Allison Woodruff, Rich Gossweiler, James Pitkow, Ed Chi, Stuart Card
BookPlex was a project done at Xerox PARC in the late 1990's-early
2000's. The idea was to scan in every page in a book so that the texture
maps of all the pages was preserved, and to use the references in the book
as links to other scanned in books and articles. In a sense, the book was a
web based on references to references.
As the user read articles/chapters in the book, it would recommend other
chapters/articles to read based on content similarty. The user interface
employed a 3D rendering engine. In addition to a virtual book, the user
interface also provided a "ruler" at the top, where each long line was a
chapter break and each short line an article. As the user brushed over the
ruler, other, related articles would light up. Clicking on the ruler
immediately turned the book to that page.
Ed Chi, James Pitkow, Jock Mackinlay, Peter Pirolli, Rich Gossweiler,
and Stuart K. Card, Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human
factors in computing systems, pp. 400-407. ACM Press/Addison-Wesley
Publishing Co., 1998.