- How do U of G students use and experience ebooks for their academic work?
- Where do they find ebooks?
- What features do they value?
- What are their expectations and when do they prefer printed books or ebooks?
- Seventeen students completed a diary entry each time they interacted with an ebook over the Fall 2013 semester.
What did we learn?
- For the most part, students are reading academic ebooks on laptops and desktops, rather than dedicated ereaders.
- Both ebooks and print books have their place. Whether a student chooses to use an ebook or a print book at any given time depends on a variety of factors: personal comfort, availability, convenience, intended use, and cost.
- The ideal ebook is in PDF format and can be downloaded and stored on a device.
- Address technical issues with problems of off-campus authentication and limits on number of concurrent users.
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