Forms of the Ebook

August 9th, 2014

The codex has prevailed for centuries as the primary form associated with books, but the advent of high resolution haptic mobile devices is making reading on screens commonplace and opening the possibilities for new forms of books for screen environments.

Our notions of books and publications are tightly rooted in our understanding of the codex as a technology and it is manifested in how we teach publication and book design. In Hochuli’s classic text Designing Books for instance, we come across the long standing idea of designing across the spread: “From a design point of view it is not the single page that is important, but rather the double-page spread: two pages joined together into a unity by the axis of symmetry.”