The Promise of Multimedia Enhancement in Children’s Digital Storybooks

  • Adriana G. Bus
  • Burcu Sarı
  • Zsofia K. Takacs
Part of the Literacy Studies book series (LITS, volume 18)


Apart from being vibrant, many children’s digital books offer a rich source for learning as is confirmed by meta-analytic findings. The present chapter pinpoints ways in which children’s books have been affected by digitization and which multimedia enhancements explain the boost these books provide particularly in groups of easily distractible children. There is increasing evidence for a positive impact of multimedia enhancements in digital books on children’s story comprehension, especially of building in camera movements and motion into static pictures to guide children’s visual attention. In contrast, common playful, interactive features reveal negative results although they might enhance children’s engagement. This article discusses new ways in which designers can use interactive features in a meaningful manner.


Digital storybooks Multimedia enhancement Camera movements Interactivity Story comprehension Adult-child interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adriana G. Bus
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Burcu Sarı
    • 4
  • Zsofia K. Takacs
    • 2
  1. 1.Language Literacy CommunicationVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.ELTE Eötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary
  3. 3.University of StavangerStavangerNorway
  4. 4.Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart UniversityÇanakkaleTurkey

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