4 Tips to Improve Your Ebook with Interactive Visuals
Mesmerize your readers with interactive visuals that keep your readers coming back for more.
No one can deny that our current book market is overflowing with ebooks, and thanks to the widespread option of ebook readers (both devices and apps), people have a thousand and one ebooks they can buy at the ebook store. So what will make them choose yours instead of the rest? In order to beat your competition and grab the attention of your target audience, you need to make your ebook different from the rest, you need to make it stand out. How?
The human eye is immediately drawn to images rather than text. So why not take advantage of a well-placed image and draw people to your book? Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you create a remarkable interactive ebook, keep reading.
A picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why adding images would be a great first stop. Even more, if you go the extra mile and apply an animation technique, you will be able to ‘wow’ your readers.
Before you decide on what type of animation technique to add to your ebook, you need to be well-versed in what will suit it best. These following points can help you select the perfect animation technique for your ebook:
- Floating image. Instead of using static elements, you can use dynamic ones. Make the illustrations move to capture the reader’s attention.
- Transforming image. This technique allows scaling, skewing, and 3D rotation of a chosen object to bring it to life.
- Zoom effect. You can use this approach to highlight the most important elements of an image.
- Transitional components. This technique is useful when you need to showcase a multi-stage process or action.
- Moving charts and graphs. If you are writing a book related to finance or taxation, you still can make it fun and engaging. You can use online tools to bring your pie charts and histograms to life.
Consider the extra touches
If you focus on making just the images in your ebook interactive, the overall feel of the ebook may be unbalanced. Consider the little extras. If you have quizzes in your ebooks, make them fun. Turn them into games with widgets. Add ways for your readers to communicate with you directly from the ebook. Simple additions can take the reading experience to the next level. You’ll be surprised to see how page design will become truly immersive.
Even if you don’t want to overload your ebook with tons of visuals, you can still make it interactive. If you incorporate a simple touch-sensitive page-turning effect, will make your ebook look more like a printed book. It will help you retain the attention of the audience that doesn’t really like using e-copies. In other words, the more “real” your book looks, the more readers will want to read.
Don’t overuse interactive visuals
Interactive content seems to have attracted a lot of interest from modern-day writers, but as great an addition as it can be to an ebook, sometimes getting carried away whilst using it can be rather overwhelming for readers. Wanting to try putting every type of visual you can think of in one chapter can do the ebook more damage than good, as a result, the book will end up looking badly structured.
You should always stick to one or two types of interactive content. For instance, you can pair floating images with tests, or short video clips together with charts and graphs. Visuals should help engage your readers, not distract them. One thing to consider is When Should Your Ebook NOT Be Interactive.
Distribute visuals equally
If you use interactive content wisely, your audience will read your book in one sitting. The rule is pretty simple: you should distribute the visuals equally across the chapters. It will make people keep reading your ebook page by page without making stops.
Remember that it’s crucial to put visual elements in the very beginning of your book to drive curiosity. “If the book’s preview is available online, make sure that it contains at least one original interactive element. It will help you to boost your marketing efforts and generate higher revenue,” – states Kevin Smith, a marketer at Top Writers Review.
Moreover, don’t forget to add a comprehensive visual element at the end of your book. Try to summarize major findings and highlight basic ideas. Interactive infographics or final tests will help a reader learn new material.
As an author, you should ensure that your book is good enough to grab and retain your readers’ attention. Fortunately, if you use interactive visuals, you significantly increase your chances of turning your book into a bestseller.
If you have never created any visuals before, don’t worry, it’s not that hard. Try to analyze your target audience’s preferences. When you clearly understand what your readers want to see in your ebook, it will be easy for you to work on the design.