A screen too far? Findings from an e-book reader pilot

Mallett, Elizabeth (2010). A screen too far? Findings from an e-book reader pilot. Serials, 23(2) pp. 141–144.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1629/23140


What might the student experience of using e-book readers be in terms of functionality, ease of use and availability of content? Do e-readers fit into current study practices? These were among the questions which Cranfield and The Open University Libraries wanted to investigate as part of an e-book reader pilot study. Six participants were selected at each of the two universities, and given an e-book reader to use for their studies over a period of three months. Their experiences were recorded through surveys, workshops, an online forum and interviews. The pilot explored what the students used them for and how, what their ideal e-book reader would be like and looked at the potential role for academic libraries in supporting student use of these devices.

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