Reading task investigation of the kindle app in three mediums

Kimberly Anne Sheen, Yan Luximon, Jiaxin Zhang

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Abstract

E-textbooks are often considered the future of textbooks but the current capabilities and implications of app-based textbooks and their corresponding technology are not well outlined. The goal in this study was to understand the effects of the change in medium on the academic reading task, student perception of the devices and components, and identify issues surrounding two in-app components. Students completed four reading tasks in three different size mobile devices and a paper control. The experiment also consisted of a betweensubject study where students were asked to use the highlighting or annotation component while reading. Results showed that the devices and components actually changed the way the students interact with their reading. Also, students were generally unhappy with the in-app components and smallest sized device. This information is useful to identify the effects of e-textbook apps on reading behavior, which can be applied to improve the design of future e-textbooks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors - Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2017
EditorsWaldemar Karwowski, Ravindra S. Goonetilleke
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages357-364
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319608242
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventAHFE 2017 International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2017 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 201721 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume602
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

ConferenceAHFE 2017 International Conference on Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period17/07/1721/07/17

Keywords

  • Electronic textbooks
  • Experiment
  • Interface design
  • Kindle app
  • Textbook design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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