New Article: “Digital vs. Print: Reading Comprehension and the Future of the Book”
Here’s a new article that appears in the latest issue of SLIS Student Research Journal a peer-reviewed publication from the San José State University School of Information that we think will be of interest to some infoDOCKET readers.
M. Julee Tanner
SJSU (San Jose State University) School of Information Student Research Journal
Vol. 4, No. 2 (2014)
The future of books and libraries is put into question by the increasing popularity of e-books and the use of computers as text platforms. In an effort to anticipate which reading platform—print, e-readers, or computers displays—will dominate in the coming years, recent research and experimental data on the suitability of each reading platform for reading comprehension will be considered, from the perspectives of optical issues, cognition, and metacognition. It will be shown that, while printed books are most conducive to learning from longer, more difficult texts, e-readers and computer displays offer convenience and some distinct advantages to readers in particular situations. This synthesis of current research will be helpful to librarians working in digital and print book purchasing and collection development, as well as those making long-range planning decisions.
Direct to Full Text Article (13 pages; PDF)
About the Author (via SLIS Website)
M. Julee Tanner is currently pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science at San Jose State University. She holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Grinnell College.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.