A Book App Checklist for That!

NSLA Presentation by Melody Kenney and Heidi Clarke

This checklist is created for you to assess book apps that can be used in a number of ways in your library or school.


Navigation

  • Sequential (one-way only)

  • Non-sequential (forward, backward, out of order)

  • Auto Play

  • Use of navigational symbols (arrows, icons)

  • Reading directionality and gestures used for navigation make sense

  • Menus / Chapters

    • Table of Contents

    • Index

    • Thumbnails in a menu that hides and appears

    • Home

  • Bookmarks


Interactivity

  • User experiments

  • Hot spot indicators

  • Decisions for interactivity

    • User makes decisions

    • Limits user to reading text before interacting with images

    • User can only read text / no icon interactivity


Reference

  • Table of Contents

    • Linked

    • Not linked

  • Index present

    • Linked

    • Not linked

  • Author / Illustrator information included

  • Contact information available


Text Focus

  • Highlighting

    • Words only

    • Phrases

    • Fluid or not fluid

  • No highlighting of text

  • Read / reread


Audience

  • Purpose for using the app?

    • Read for pleasure

    • Learn new information (nonfiction)

    • Learn how to read

  • Stimulating or Over-Stimulating? Under Stimulating?

  • Did it begin as a book or was its first life as an ebook?


Settings/Features/Selections

  • Languages

  • Music and/or sound effects off / on

    • Music enhances text

    • Music distracts from text

  • Read aloud off / on

  • Animations

    • Animations enhance text / support story

    • Animations distract from text

  • Voicing

    • Child / Adult

    • Male / Female