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Supporting the Reading of Digital Books Buchanan, George


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) and the Digital Information Interaction Group. Libraries have traditionally stored large volumes of physical documents, and, in recent years, this has been supplemented by an increasing proportion of digital texts. Whilst there has been an extensive research into the reading of relatively short documents, there is a surprisingly limited detailed knowledge of how longer digital documents are found, chosen and read. With the emergence of Kindles, iPads and other portable digital devices that have a major or sole purpose of supporting reading, it is timely to re-investigate the use of longer electronic texts, such as digital books. In this talk, Dr. Buchanan will report the key findings of a four-year research project that has addressed the selection and reading of digital books, and suggest a number of avenues for future investigation.

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