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The idea is old and simple, and you already mentioned, the problem with your view, and the reason for not viewing the value of the extra cover comes from the fact that most probably you don't have old books. Before, hard cover books didn't have pictures or complex decoration on them, the covers where plain and simple, one colour and may be some lettering, ...


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I think understanding book jackets can be done with some quick marketing analysis. Reasons for it: It's a cheap way to put a book in a bright colorful wrapper, to grab consumers' attention when on the bookstore shelves (or to deliver what was promised if bought online). It serves to advertise the book when carried around by a reader. It provides the book ...


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What are the possible reasons that books were designed this way This history of publishing goes back to manuscripts. Monks would use calligraphy to replicate the text from one book into a new book. It was likely impractical to die parchment and impractical to create a white ink. That was followed by the era of moveable type. Again, it was likely still ...


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In your example the icons are used as a sort of flag in the margin to draw attention to the alinea and to give it a classification (tips / obstacles). I can see the use for this in educational textbooks. It breaks up the text and makes it easier to scan the page. For example, if your studying for a test and you've already read the needed chapters and ...


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Here are some of the things I would look at How does it scale across different orientations (landscape and portrait) Does it allow for easily customization of content Access to help about the ebook Availability of accelerators to allow for quick access within a book (like to a particular page) Design consistency I also recommend looking at this article ...



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