The Reader's Devices: The affordances of ebook readers

Heather MacFadyen

Abstract


Print books and ebook devices now co-exist in a reading eco-system. The ways in which readers understand and describe their experience of reading on ebook devices is shaped by long-established cultural expectations about the abstract as well as the physical affordances of the print book. Ebook devices cannot help but challenge those expectations. A review of readers’ reactions to the emergence of ebook devices offers a glimpse into the complex cultural position of both the idea and the experience of reading.

Keywords


ebooks, ebook readers, reading experience

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5931/djim.v7i1.70

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