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How do you read? : Perceived differences in reading fiction from e-readers and printed books

Meyer, Imke S. (2023) How do you read? : Perceived differences in reading fiction from e-readers and printed books.

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Abstract:Different parties raise concerns about how digital innovations in reading influence reading behaviour and the individual development. Earlier research indicates that reading is a concept that has been undergoing changes throughout history. Thus, this thesis investigates the dynamics of reading when reading fiction from e-readers compared to printed books. Six concepts have been picked to research more closely: Fluency, Reading Speed, Goals, Haptics, Immersion, and Enjoyment. An online survey was sent out for participants to fill in. Hypothesis testing was done, followed by a simple linear regression for each concept measured. Results of hypothesis testing are significant and lead to rejecting the null hypotheses. However, the results of linear regressions have been statistically insignificant. There are differences in reading fiction from an e-reader compared to a printed book. The reading device does not influence any of the six concepts alone. This study fails to make concrete arguments supporting or rejecting any existing theory.The biggest limitation is the sample that is not representative of second generation digital natives as the targeted group. Future research could try to set up more accurate models that explain the concepts investigated in this study.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 18 languages and literature
Programme:Communication Studies BSc (56615)
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