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     ISSN (Print) 0264-0473
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [308 journals]   [SJR: 0.874]   [H-I: 18]
  • An evaluation of the functionality and accessibility of e-readers for
           individuals with print disabilities
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Stephanie L Maatta; Laurie J Bonnici
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - This study examines the usability of three popular e-reading devices to determine which device provides the best functionality for individuals with print disabilities. Adaptability and flexibility for use with assistive technology are also evaluated.Design/methodology/approach - This study reports the results of a usability test of e-reading devices and their potential for use by individuals with print disabilities. Students enrolled in a School of Library and Information Science evaluated and compared the devices through a series of tasks designed to measure functionality. Participants completed a series of questionnaires and engaged in small group discussion about the efficacy of the devices. Likert scales and open-ended evaluation were employed in the evaluation and analysis.Findings - Two of the three devices examined offered no accessibility features for individuals with low or no vision who require assistive technologies in order to use information and communication technologies. The third device, while offering greater universal access functionality for individuals with mild to moderate print disabilities, also had weaknesses for individuals with severe print disabilities.Originality/value - With the rapid deployment of e-reading devices, little research has been completed measuring the accessibility and functionality for individuals with print disabilities in library or educational environments. The paper provides data on the usability of e-readers for users with print disabilities and recommendations for adopting e-reader use in libraries and educational environments. It will inform and guide information professionals seeking to provide greater access to resources for patrons with specialized access needs.
      PubDate: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +010
       
  • E-book reading among Spanish university students
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Maria Pinto; Cristina Pouliot, José Antonio Cordón-García
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - This research shows data about Spanish higher-education students' usage, habits and perceptions regarding reading on new digital media in order to show the potential future of ebooks and reading mobile devices (e-readers, tablets, cell phones, etc) in academia. It explores whether demographics and academic factors might influence ebook reading habits and attitudes, and university students’ opinions about ebooks versus print books. REWIL 2.0, a purpose-built research tool, was applied in order to measure students’ opinions about digital reading in different media and formats, considering their academic context, at the confluence of analog and digital materials and learning. Likewise, REWIL 2.0 detects who are ebook readers and who are not, and produces a statistics indicator to identify five categories of ebook readers by their frequency of ebook reading. This research gathered 745 online surveys between April and July 2010 in fifteen degree programs at the University of Granada: Spanish philology, English philology, history, mathematics, chemistry, environmental sciences, education, library and information science, law, medicine, biology, dentistry, computer systems, architecture and civil engineering.Design/methodology/approach - This present study is transversal applied research where 745 students were surveyed from fifteen different academic disciplines offered at the University of Granada (Spain), representing the five main discipline areas. The survey was carried out by means of a structured online survey, with REWIL 2.0 research tool. In order to ensure internal consistency of correlation between two different survey items designed to measure ebook reading frequency Pearson’s r reliability test was applied. Likewise, Persons’ Chi-squared statistics were applied to test the hypotheses and to detect if significant correlation existed between academic disciplines and ebook reading frequency measured through a Likert scale.Findings - The present research is motivated by our interest in discovering what effect the current technological maelstrom and the rapid growth of new portable digital reading devices in the Spanish university environment are having on students’ lives, and the extent to which students have adopted new reading technologies. Our first aim is to establish who is reading ebooks in the University' A second aim is to answer the following question: Is the academic discipline a determinant factor in ebook reading habits and students’ attitudes about it' We began by considering the following hypotheses: • University students’ attitudes to ebook reading and the way they use them will be determined by the scientific discipline they study. • Students of humanities, social sciences and law will prefer to read traditional format books (printed paper), while students of experimental sciences, health and technical courses will prefer reading ebooks. • Students’ preferences will be determined by their previous reading experiences. Originality/value - The main objective of the present study is to learn whether there are any notable differences among university students from distinct disciplines with regard to their attitude and behavior toward ebooks. We therefore set out to: 1) Identify the segment of the student population that does not read ebooks yet (non-ebook readers) from those who have already read at least one (ebook readers), and within this segment, the readers that have read ebooks recently (recent ebook readers). 2) Find out how frequently university students are reading in different formats (paper and digital), document types (book, written press, etc.), and languages (textual, multimodal, etc.). 3) Identify what channels are used to access ebooks. 4) Find out university students’ opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of reading ebooks as compared to traditional print books. 5) Identify the types of improvements or changes to the design-production-distribution-reception chain that students consider might help extend ebook reading.
      PubDate: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +010
       
  • Student response to e-books: study of attitude toward reading among
           elementary school children in Kuwait
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Abdus Sattar Chaudhry
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - The main objective of the paper is to investigate the impact of e-books on attitude toward reading among elementary school students. The paper also reflects on issues related to readings and e-books. Design/methodology/approach - Experimental method of research was used to carry out the study. Experiment was conducted on 4th grade students in an international school in Kuwait. The control group consisted of nine students. The experimental group had 16 students: eight read the book under the 'read-to-me' feature and the other half read the book alone. Students in the two groups were assigned readings randomly and their reactions were studies and compared using different methods. Findings - The experiment demonstrated that students enjoyed reading the electronic medium more than the paperback alternative. The difference, however, was not significant. In addition, difference between the comprehension levels of the three conditions was also insignificant. Students did, however, finish reading the paperback book in a significantly shorter time. Research limitations/implications - A pilot study would have been desirable an also the number of questions asked in the comprehension test could have been expanded. We were also not able to explore the possibility of using an automated tool to record the reading time. The two reading instruments used (ipads and ipods) might have affected the students’ understanding and enjoyment of the book, although no noticeable differences were found. Practical implications - The experiment indicted that one of the apparent benefits of reading the e-book was its built-in picture dictionary, since the book used in the study incorporated a lot of word coinage in his texts. Lessons learnt from the study can benefit in enhancing features of e-books and designing reading programs to help build more positive attitude toward reading among children. Originality/value - Little research has been reported in the literature on investigation of e-books toward reading attitude particularly using empirical studies or experimental research. Most literature focuses on availability of e-books and their features. This study makes a good contribution to the literature on this important aspect of research and makes available useful practical information as well.
      PubDate: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +010
       
  • Exploring switch intention of users’ reading behavior: an e-book
           reader case study
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Hsiu-Sen Chiang; Chia-Chen Chen
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - Amazon’s 2007 introduction of the Kindle e-book reader launched a new way of reading. The popularity of e-book readers has exploded over past several years. However, the Chinese market e-book reader market is still relatively underdeveloped and underexploited when compared with North America or other regions. At the time, it remained unclear whether consumers could be persuaded to abandon conventional printed books for the new device the Chinese market.Design/methodology/approach - This research has gathered 352 valid questionnaire samples on Internet survey from the general population. Path analysis was used to investigate the causal relationships which were hypothesized by the Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) methodology to identify key factors in intention to switch to the e-book reader.Findings - The results indicate that, convenience and social influence were found to have a significant effect on consumer switching intention, while switching cost was found to be a significant obstacle to switching. This research also found that convenience of carry and operation of newly technological products will brings lower switching costs. Furthermore, it will lead consumers to have higher switching intention when surrounding friends and families have a good experiences and impressions of using new products. Thus, for the manufacturers and sellers of e-readers, they have to consider the easy-to-handle, convenient-to-carry on designing products. And the concept of higher social-influence and lower switching-cost shall lead the marketing strategies.Originality/value - Recently, some researches efforts address what factors drive users’ willingness to use this new device for reading based on innovation diffusion theory or the technology acceptance model. Few studies has investigated adoption of e-readers for consumers’ perceived innovative and their perception of the costs. Hence, this paper studies the switching intention of readers through dimensions including new product attributes (compatibility, complexity, convenience, and e-book content), social influence, price, and switching costs, and verifies the relationships among these dimensions on Chinese market.
      PubDate: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +010
       
  • Comparing electronic short books from the USA and the UK to South Africa:
           can they be successful in the South African trade book sector'
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Jana Moller
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - This paper aims to investigate the electronic short books phenomenon from the USA and the UK which has spilled over to South Africa. By looking at the benefits these short books have for readers and authors, and the possible reasons for their success, the aim is to determine whether or not these books can be as successful a venture in South Africa as it has been elsewhere.Design/methodology/approach - Information about electronic short books, or e-singles, is gathered from various sources, including press releases and sales results. Information is gathered to determine the receptiveness to electronic short books of the South African trade book reading market, the way South African publishers are presenting e-singles to the market, and what the future for e-singles may be. Findings - The findings of this paper make it clear that e-singles have found a gap in the market, providing various benefits to authors and readers, which may have contributed to their success. In South Africa, the success of e-singles face unique obstacles, like a weaker reading culture and a poor awareness of e-books. Publishers need to make a bigger effort to become visible in the eyes of their readers, and need to think about better distribution strategies.Research limitations/implications - With comparisons, accuracy is dependent on information provided by organisations (on their websites). Originality/value - This paper offers information about a new publishing trend - only a few months in South Africa. It offers a look into the state of the trade book industry in South Africa, how e-singles may function in it, and what publishers of e-singles may do in order to ensure more success. It predicts the future of e-singles in South Africa based on its unique situation, pointing out what obstacles there may be to their uptake.
      PubDate: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +010
       
  • Usage patterns and perception toward e-books: experiences from academic
           libraries in South Korea
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Jae-Young Hwang; Jayhoon Kim, Boram Lee, Jeong Hwan Kim
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - Recently, electronic book (e-book) usage and subscriptions at university libraries in South Korea have significantly increased. This study investigates and analyzes the usage patterns of e-book users and their perceptions of e-books from various perspectives.Design/methodology/approach - We conduct an extensive survey of 959 e-book users at the five major university libraries, which subscribe to the most electronic books in South Korea. The survey contains structured questions as well as fields for open commentary to acquire various opinions. We also apply diverse analysis techniques, depending on the characteristics of the survey questions.Findings - Since the early 2000s when e-books were first introduced, there has been a considerable change in perception and increase in usage of e-books at South Korean university libraries. Despite this progress, most functions of e-books are not fully utilized. We find the role of the library to be very important, as most users learn about and access e-books through the websites of university libraries, not through such portal sites as Google. The remarkable result is that users with higher education more easily recognize and have better experiences with e-book services.Originality/value - This study draws extensive samples and objective questions compared to previous research. We also contrast our research results with the other studies conducted within and outside of South Korea. The research shows the changes and differences in perception and usage of e-books by period and country. More importantly, we suggest strategies to boost e-book use based on user demands.
      PubDate: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +010
       
  • Technological and ethical antecedents of e-book piracy and price
           acceptance: evidence from the Spanish case
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Carmen Camarero; Carmen Antón, Javier Rodríguez
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - The diffusion of e-readers and tablets has led to a spate of pirate copies of books. In the current work we analyze the driving factors of e-books illegal downloading and price acceptance from a theoretical perspective that embraces ethical and technological aspects.Design/methodology/approach - The proposed model holds that the normative and the value consciousness, as well as the self-efficacy, the usefulness and the use of the new technology are determinants of the trend towards free downloads and the maximum acceptable price for e-books. Data are collected from a sample of 227 e-book reader devices’ users. Findings - The results provide evidence that individuals are inclined towards piracy when they use and control the technology, whereas value consciousness mitigates illegal downloading and is basic to the individuals accept a higher price. Practical implications - Bearing in mind that the spread of electronic device has led to an increase in downloads, raising awareness of the norms amongst individuals is essential if piracy is to be curtailed. In addition, actions aimed at endowing electronic books with value would encourage consumers to pay a higher price for them.Originality/value - Few attempts have been made to apply ethics theories and technological acceptance model to the context of e-books piracy, and even, less effort has been devoted to analyze consumers’ price acceptance in the e-book industry.
      PubDate: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +010
       
  • E-book publishing in Spain: the paradoxes of a dual model
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (José Antonio Cordón-García; Daniel Linder, Raquel Gómez-Díaz, Julio Alonso-Arévalo
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose - Electronic publishing has transformed the business model of publishing houses in Spain in such a way that two models currently co-exist. . The specificities of each of these models were studied and the consequences of each model for the future of electronic publishing in Spain were analyzed.Design/methodology/approach - The first stage of our study consisted in locating studies that would allows us to obtain useful indicators and statistic data regarding publication in Spain. The second stage of our study consisted of extracting from the sources cited above all data relevant to the study. To wit, these were the number of electronic books published, the major publishing houses offering electronic publications, the major platforms currently selling electronic books, presently available electronic reading devices, the rates of reading on all devices, reading rates itemized by age and educational background, and general tendencies in digital publishing and e-reading. Findings - There are traditional publishers of mostly paper-based volumes, whose business models are based on having large catalogues of titles and large print-runs, though print-runs are increasingly smaller and bookseller returns increasingly larger. Intermediary agents operating under this model, for instance booksellers, are subject to ever-greater economic pressures, especially in the current crisisOriginality/value - In the study that follows, we attempt to analyze the characteristics behind these changes and learn to what extent these changes will affect the future models of publication and reading in Spain.
      PubDate: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +010
       
 
 
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