Ebook Affordances

I’ve put a handful of books on my iPad over the last few weeks, but I have to admit: I keep forgetting to read them. Not because the books aren’t good, but because, unlike physical books, ebooks take up no psychic space. Physical books by the nature of them being, well, physical and visible, remind me to read them. This isn’t true of digital books. I can’t currently glance at the app icon and know whether I have a library beneath it, waiting to be read, or nothing. There’s no visual affordance that there is anything there for me to engage with.

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