Digital Publishing and Design

What happens when the digital textbook replaces the paper book in danish schools? The central question of this project is, what role design plays in transforming the cultural form we used to know as books?

Some of the major changes in the publishing world include new digital production, distribution and consumption technologies, new formats, new reading technologies as well as changing roles and power relations between publishers, designers, readers, authors and other stakeholders. While the existing research on design aspects of digital publishing has come from art history, literary and media studies, this project will study books as material artifacts and their interactions with stakeholder from an interdisciplinary perspective, with participations from information, design and business studies.
The first focus of the project is how we can understand the digital textbook. We look at it from 3 angles:


Design and production

  • transformations in design contributions and production processes in the shift to digital
  • user interface, contents & technical formats
  • the cultural changes taking place in relation to production, mediation and marketing

New business models 

  • Different business modes in the textbook business within digital and print
  • What factors has driven the developments of current business models?
  • Risk assessments in relation to technologies, market needs, pedagogical practice, author relations, sales channels, etc
  • Changes in the market conditions and practices

Didactics – principles and concepts

  • What characterizes the textbook as didactic design?
  • Didactic possibilities of the ebook
  • Supporting design principles for authors in the production of learning materials
  • The special learning possibilities inherent in digital textbooks.

Contact: Toke Riis Ebbesen (E-Mail)