Call for papers

The paper submission deadline has now passed.


Focusing on opportunities for innovation and challenges that are presented by large online collections of digital books, this workshop aims to bring together researchers and industry practitioners, in Information Retrieval, Digital Libraries, eBooks, Human Computer Interaction, Publishing industry and on-line book services, to map out the agenda for digital book research for the next 5 years.

We would like to invite you to take part in the workshop to:

  • Discuss new challenges and opportunities presented by large online collections of digital books
  • Create partnerships with researchers, libraries, publishers, and online information service providers
  • Establish a common understanding of basic concepts, usage scenarios, available technologies, and practical constraints
  • Exchange data about any aspect of books online: adoption, collections, economic information, etc.
  • Map out a comprehensive agenda for digital book research that takes into account requirements from multiple perspectives.

Topics of interest

All participants are expected to submit a short position paper (up to 4 pages) that describes pressing issues, opportunities for innovation, case studies of ongoing efforts, or ideas for initiatives involving digital books. Example topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Usage scenarios and user expectations from digital book services
    • Properties of digital books in relation to the wide variety of formats, content, and usage scenarios
    • Current state-of-the art in online book services and visions for the future
    • Interface and interaction designs to support alternative scenarios for book use, e.g., active reading and learning, collection browsing, etc.
    • Hardware and software designs to support new experiences in personal entertainment and learning, possibly redefining the roles of eBook readers.
  • Definition of retrieval tasks and evaluation criteria
    • Resource discovery of digitized books, born-digital content, and a related media (text, audio, movies, etc.)
    • Search over OCR content, specific genre, and hybrid document format, etc.
    • Definition of user tasks and objectives: known item search, serendipitous information discovery, virtual bookshelves, book-specific search algorithms, classification, and clustering
    • Evaluation of online book services, including evaluation criteria and methodology.
  • Book services as part of the on-line services ecosystem
    • Relation of books search and other on-line services
    • Integration of book-search facilities with social networks emerging from authoring, publishing, and consuming book content
    • Implication of copyright and user privacy issues on the availability of test collections for research.
Position papers will be reviewed by the Programme Committee to identify key themes and outline topics for the workshop discussions. Selected authors of accepted papers will be asked to present on specific topics and perspectives to inspire later discussions.

Accepted papers will be published in the CIKM conference proceedings by ACM.

Paper Submission

The deadline for submitting position papers is July 20, 2008. Submissions must be in English and should nt exceed 4 pages in length.

Please follow the formatting requirements as per the ACM templates: using the "Option 2" style. This is also the style that will be required for final papers. Papers must be submitted as pdf files.

To submit a paper, please go to the BooksOnline'08 Easychair submission site. Please note that you may need to create an account in order to submit your paper.

Authors will be notified by August 5, 2008 of the outcome of the review process. Camera ready copies of accepted papers will be due by August 15, 2008.

One author per paper is required to register and attend the workshop to present the paper if accepted for publication.

Workshop Format

This one day workshop will include presentations, parallel break-out sessions, and a panel session focused on findings and recommendations.

The core activity will be breakout brainstorming sessions on selected topics. Each group will focus on particular aspects and report back their findings and recommendations during the panel session.