The Future of Fiction
Reinventing the Reading Experience
How can we improve the experience of reading Fiction?
Animations & advanced text layout
Supplemental interactive content
Direct communication with authors
Augmented reality for paper books
What would a reading experience look like in the future?
I participated in the annual company-wide planning process by conducting a was a "Blue Sky" exploration of proposed functionality to help determine resource allocation for the upcoming year
Collaborated with Director of Design to generate "Blue Sky" concepts
Created the experience and refined it via multiple iterations
Prototyped a detailed walk-through for senior Amazon stakeholders to help determine resource allocation during annual planning
TEXT AND ANIMATION EFFECTS
On a hand-held device, Images are animated, and text includes advanced typographic elements such as drop caps and reflowing text.
AUTHOR COMMENTARY AND UPDATES
Create communication channel for the author directly in the book - readers get immediate access to new material and commentary in the book whenever it is made available by the author
SUPPLEMENTAL INTERACTIVE CONTENT
Interactive content includes hotspots on images, pop-ups with supplemental information, interactive maps and timelines.
PAN AND ZOOM FUNCTIONALITY
I also explored pan and zoom functionality that is appropriate to device size - on larger devices, two-finger gestures would be used, but on small devices, panning images is controlled with a thumb
AUGMENTED REALITY FOR PAPER BOOKS
I also explored using augmented reality to bring interactivity to a physical book by providing supplemental information in-context using text recognition
Ideas were presented to senior stakeholders during the annual company-wide planning and was used to determine the level of investment into Kindle features
Generated new design patterns future projects and raised the bar on innovation for reading devices