The Kindle Mashup of Formatting

Jakob Nielsen is a leading web usability consultant who holds a Ph.D. in human-computer interaction from the Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. Lately he has been poking around on the Kindle 2.0 and writing about the usability of the device. Of note, Nielsen said years ago that ebooks were a bad idea but his latest experience has convinced him otherwise.

Over on the tools of change blog Mac Slocum by way of Joe Wikert by way of twitter (oh isn’t citing fun!) has pointed to an article by Nielsen about writing for the Kindle. Nielsen sums it up this way:

Adapting content for the Kindle e-book reader requires that you follow an unholy mix of usability guidelines for other environments:
* Print guidelines for body text
* Web guidelines for headlines and summaries
* Mobile device guidelines for page design and interaction design

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