- Durham University
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
A small scale online survey undertaken at Northumbria and Durham Universities investigated students’ ebook use, examining; aspects of learning ebooks support, searching strategies, devices used for ebook access, and reading and use strategies. Ninety-two responses were analysed using a mixed methods approach.
Despite many advantages of ebooks including portability, availability, functionality, and searching, results demonstrated sentiment regarding ebooks was not wholly positive. There were frustrations regarding the complexity of ebook provision, publisher’s restrictions, and the lack of compatibility with reading devices. A key finding related to ebook interrogation which involved greater targeted searching of content, and a ‘bite-size’ approach to reading.
Caution must be observed to ensure that library collections facilitate a complexity of learning styles, and provide opportunities for students to better digest content.