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E-book readers in higher education

Wilson, R. (2003) E-book readers in higher education. Journal of Educational Technology Society, 6 (4). pp. 8-17. ISSN 1176-3647

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Abstract

Ebook readers have received a mixed press, with some hailing them as the future of reading and others believing that they will never be popular. The study outlined here aims to understand the attitudes of, and issues of importance to, lecturers in UK academia, with a view to improving the design of ebook readers for education in the future. An evaluation of five portable devices is presented, in which lecturers were given the opportunity to read an ebook and provide feedback via a questionnaire. Results are compared with concerns arising from other experiments in the same field, and recommendations are made for successful ebook design.