A widget is an application that can be added to an interactive ebook allowing users to perform certain functions or access services as part of their reading experience. Each widget is designed to add features to the ebook and increase the ebook’s interactivity and usability.
There are several forms of these widgets that we have, by now, all become familiar with, including embedded slideshows featuring images from external websites such as Flickr. Other common widgets that feature regularly on device-readable pages include:
- Social media sharing, where users can share articles or items via platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or any other social media pages;
- Note taking capabilities, which let users add revision notes to their texts, which can be saved within the text itself;
- Quiz creators, which allow authors to develop quizzes and other test formats at regular intervals throughout the ebook.
There are many other widgets that are just as important to potentially include in your interactive ebook, and which can vastly improve the user’s experience. We think the following five widgets are the most important widgets you should include in your ebook.