Smart-Read: Creating New Services by Assessing E-book User Activities


Selman Kahya

Oral Defence Date: 

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 14:30


TH 434


Profs. Ilmi Yoon and Anagha Kulkarni


E-Books and e-book readers are changing the way people read books in many ways. Smart-Read plans to further revolutionize the way people interact with the books by tracking reader’s activities, digesting and offering services using the collected data. Unlike traditional books, e-book readers can produce very valuable assessment and information of the book readers from the natural reading activity. For example, most of the popular e-book readers provide word look-up functionality that helps users to look up the definition of unfamiliar vocabulary while reading. However, word look-up data is never used by those applications to offer services to the users. Smart-Read app extends this feature beyond the horizon by tracking the words that were looked up and also time spent on each page if allowed. We believe that the tracking data can be effectively used for assessment of reading level as well as seeds for many possible educational and fun activities. By processing the data, many valuable services could be provided back to readers, parents (teachers), authors, and publisher. To readers, word-look-up not only presents the organized words per book but also presents images (using Google Image Search service) and word games. Parents or teachers can receive assessment results compared to similar reading level kids. To authors and publisher, the pages that majority readers stayed longest or frequent words for look-up can provide valuable data for next book production. It can effectively help students’ critical reading study or professional text book reading (by providing extra level word look-up for technical terms). This project aims to build a showcase by creating a platform/system that tracks user’s reading activity while reading e-books to provide services based on the assessment.

Selman Kahya

E-books, E-book user activity assessment