SpoonRead Inc. (Capitola, CA)

A method for managing electronic documents includes providing metadata for containers that identifies engagement containers. This data links to engagement containers and includes engagement data. The engagement data contains parameters for an engagement that are based on the content segments contained in the engagement boxes linked to. The procedure is executed to traverse the containers that are identified in the metadata of the container. Based on user input this procedure will accept data relevant to the engagement, and assigning a score to the engagement container in use based upon the received data and the parameters outlined in the engagement metadata.

Technological Field

The invention is generally pertaining to electronic books (ebooks), and more specifically , tools that allow for interaction with e-books.

Related art description

Electronic books have emerged as a key channel for distribution of publications, including fiction and non-fiction books of virtually all types. The technology is adaptable to allow linking of various types of enrichment tools to publications’ content, such as dictionaries, internet searching tools and text search instruments, channels for advertising and more. For example, U.S. Pat. No. No. 2017.

A limitation to the growth of e-book publishing arises when it comes to its the use of e-books in a classroom and also the use of children. Apart from a few special ereaders, most e-books can be used on mobile phones as well as tablets. These platforms aren’t well-suited to display e?books. It is desirable for example to display sections of electronic books in a way that maintains the integrity of the text as expressed by the author in chapters and paragraphs of thetext. But, the small display of a portable phone, for instance it can put a technical restriction on the text that is displayed, by having a font that is large enough to read as well as a part of the text that can convey an important factor idea in the text. The wide range of sizes for paragraphs and chapters as formed by the authors makes these literary boundaries unsuited in a technological sense to be used to define the portion of the work being presented on such platforms. This discord causes frustration and inefficiency during the reading experience, and also discourages display sizes that are small.

It is recommended that e-books are used in educational settings on mobile devices.

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