Musebooks - a demo system to create PDF's of an art book or catalog and save it

About is a web store and reading platform for art books and catalogs. The books can be bought digitally or in a physic form. Musea and publishers are dealing with a decreasing sales of art books and catalogs. Also, they are working against tight deadlines whereby the pressure and the distribution of small editions is not evident and is expensive. Existing (digital) initiatives within this domain are not very successful. The main reason is because digital art books are creatively enriched with a lot of technological gadgetry which asks for customization and is expensive. On the other hand, a lot of art books are offered in PDF what does not stimulate the reading experience of art books in a positive way.

Therefore Musebooks created a (demo) system which pulls the PDF of an art book or catalog apart and saves it as separated parts in a database. iMinds-MICT organizes a Living Lab research project to gather user feedback for this demo system. We will do this by means of an environmental scan together with experts, a co-creation session with lead users, a survey with potential users, UX Lab testing with lead users and eventually we will set up a Living Lab field trial with beta users.


The project runs from 30/11/2015 - 18/05/2016

Staff involved

  • Sara Logge
  • dr. Dimitri Schuurman

Financed by